The Final: UMass 22, UConn 17
The Goat: Passing (but the weather sure didn’t help)
The Stat: Andy Isabella secures #1 spot in D1 receiving
The Streak: W1
The Record: 3-6
The 12-Game Pace: 4-8
The Emoji: We got this 🍞!
After a win against UConn last week, the Minutemen now sit with an overall record of 3-6. While that means there is clearly room to improve, the team still has a chance of making a bowl game if they win out. With that being said, let’s see how UMass fared against the Huskies last week, and what they’ll be up against on Saturday with a solid team in Liberty coming to Amherst.
While starter Ross Comis didn’t have a great day throwing the ball, he still came through when the team needed him to, throwing for two touchdowns in the victory. However, Comis’ main shortcomings in his limited pass attempts were his subpar completion percentage (57%), his interception thrown, and, perhaps most concerning, his inability to spread the ball around. Even though he managed to throw for 78 yards to senior wide receiver Andy Isabella*, he only completed passes to three other receivers on the day. Overall, Comis did enough to secure the win in this one, but he still has plenty to improve on moving forward.
*On a side note, Andy Isabella’s 78 yards on Saturday secured his spot as the NCAA Division I leader in receiving yards. Way to go, Andy!
Led by Marquis Young, the rushing attack was working on all cylinders last Saturday. Young had 148 yards and a touchdown, while Comis added 63 yards on the ground, too. Also, each rushed in an efficient manner, as they both averaged more than 5 yards per rush.
Pass Defense: A+
Despite UConn only attempting 6 passes on the day, the UMass defense more than held its own through the air. The Huskies passed for a meager 15 yards on the day, and were picked off once, too. The Minutemen couldn’t have done much better in this area.
Rush Defense: C-
The Minutemen’s rush defense woes continued last Saturday, as they allowed UConn to run for 250 yards. They gave up 120 rushing yards just to quarterback David Pindell, and allowed the team to score two touchdowns on the ground on a 5.7 yards per carry average. This has been the team’s biggest weakness all season long, and last Saturday was just a continuation of this trend.
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The Minutemen take on the Liberty Flames Saturday November 3 at 3:30 at McGuirk Alumni Stadium on homecoming weekend! Come cheer on the squad for their last on-campus home game of the year!