Saturday, August 30, 2014

UMass Drops Opener To Boston College, 30-7, Before Record Home Crowd

The Massachusetts football team was unable to keep up with Boston College, dropping it's season opener 30-7 before a record home crowd of more than 30,000 at Gillette Stadium Saturday.
BC's Tyler Murphy ran for 118 yards and a touchdown, while also completing 17-of-24 for 173 yards and a TD and an interception.

For UMass, transfer quarterback Blake Frohnapfel was 9-of-22 for 147 yards, including a 77-yard scoring toss to junior Tajae Sharpe.

The 30,479 marked a school record for a UMass home game and the second-largest crowd for a Minutemen game at Gillette Stadium, just shy of the 32,848 against New Hampshire in 2010 (with the Wildcats serving as the home team).

UMass finished with 202 yards of total offense and just 55 on the ground. BC collected 348 of its 511 on the ground.

BC drove deep into UMass territory three times in the first half, but were held to a pair of second quarter field goals - a 44-yarder from Alex Howell and a 28-yard make from Joey Launceford - and took a 6-0 lead into the locker room.

The Eagles took the opening kickoff of the third quarter and drove 75 yards in just over six minutes to create some distance on the board. Myles Willis' 1-yard run put the visitors ahead 13-0.

Murphy's 1-yard scoring run five minutes later capped a 10-play, 52-yard drive that made it 20-0.

UMass' best scoring bid in the first half came late when Blake Lewis missed a 47-yard field goal attempt.

UMass will play host to Colorado (0-1) next Saturday at 3 p.m.

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