Sunday, September 21, 2014

Sunday--- September 21st, 2014





Well, the pundits said UMass would have to play a perfect game to hang with Penn State and we were far from perfect.

After a good opening drive, new kicker Matthew Wylie unleashed a kick that looked like one of those fan promotional kicks. On a fourth and one, Tajae Sharpe was all by himself in the Penn State endzone and Frohnapfel didn't see him. We fumbled the ball deep in our own side.

More disturbing, was the fact that UMass has -2 yards rushing late in the third quarter. Even if we had played better, we were outclassed by the Nittany Lions. If they get by Michigan State, they could go undefeated. The Minutemen played hard with some good hits. UMass played the defensive subs most of the fourth quarter.

We all knew the four BCS games were going to be tough. The MAC league teams will be a fairer test of where we are. Keep the faith and Go UMass!

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The UMass website has stats, video and game quotes.

Dan Malone reports Minutemen give up three straight TD's only rush for 3 yards.

Dan says Whipple described the Minutemen as overawed.

Matty Vautour says the Minutemen were outclassed.

The Daily Collegian says UMass was blown out.

The Victory Bell Rings reports Penn State rolled past UMass.

The Sentinel says the Nittany Lion's running game quieted the critics.

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48-7 was a bad result for UMass, but it was far from the worst performance by MAC teams yesterday.

Remember when people ragged on the Minutemen for giving up 399 yards rushing against Wisconsin? Next week's opponent Bowling Green played the Badgers yesterday and gave up 644 rushing yards to to shatter a Big Ten record that stood since 1930.

Eastern Michigan lost to Michigan State 14-73

The MAC's best team NIU lost to Arkansas 14-52.

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All the MAC scores here.

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Colorado beat Hawaii.

Vanderbilt put a scare into South Carolina before finally folding.

Boston College beat Maine 40-10.

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Saturday, September 20, 2014

Game Day- Penn State September 20th, 2014

Good Morning from State College! It was a tiring drive up from Virginia Beach; I-95 was busy between Richmond and Washington as was the Washington Beltway. Our motel gave us a plastic Penn State football and a window sticker with a large "409" and the slogan "history can't be erased".

For $9.00 there's a shuttle bus to the game. Hope to see some UMass fans! Go UMass!

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Media links to watch or listen to the game.

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Matty Vautour says there'll be no margin for error against the Nittany Lions.

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Dan Malone says the Minutemen look to slow Christian Hackenberg down.

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The Boston Globe says UMass is ready for unbeaten Penn State.

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State College News previews UMass.

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Centre Daily Times says the aggressive Nittany Lion defense presents problems for UMass.

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The UMass Marching Band and the Penn State Band highlight the pregame activities.

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How Penn State's Anthony Zettel became a top DT.

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Game Day information for MAC Conference teams. Bowling Green visits Wisconsin and Eastern Michigan gets Michigan State.

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Jesse Allen of Hustle Belt previews the Minutemen-Nittany Lions game.

Two Hustle Belt writers say take UMass and the points.

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Friday, September 19, 2014

Friday--September 19th, 2014

Mrs Blog and I are leaving Virginia Beach and heading up to Happy Valley to see the UMass game. Hope to see a bunch of UMass fans there. The US Navy's Blue Angels are giving an air show this weekend in Virginia Beach. We've been watching them practice.

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UMass has its game notes and depth chart up.

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Dan Malone has a podcast with David Jones previewing the Penn State game.

He also has a feature on the new UMass weight room and strength coach Mike Golden

More video with Austin Whipple and Alex Kenney talking about being back in Happy Valley.

UMass lineacker Jovan Santos-Knox would like to get off the field more often.

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Matty Vautour reports Whipple believes UMass will be playing against a NFL #1 draft pick Saturday.

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The UMass Daily Collegian says UMass is in for a challenge against Penn State.

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The Boston Globe says UMass is ready for unbeaten Penn State.

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The Lancaster OnLine says the Nittany Lions offensive line still invites scrutiny.

The Patriot News says the Penn State O-line needs more than time.

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The Centre Daily Times looks at who has the advantage UMass or Penn State.

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iSportsWeb.com looks at things to watch for Penn State.

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The State College newspaper thinks it'll be all Penn State.

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Ydr.com says it'll be a rest time for Penn State.

Ydr also has a feature on UMass long snapper Nick Berus.

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Hustle Belt looks at Saturday's MAC games and previews four including UMass-Penn State.

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Thursday, September 18, 2014

Thursday--September 18th, 2014

Dan Malone says Trey Dudley-Giles continues to impress on special teams. Trey has gone 7-248 35.4 AVE 77 LONG. If he keeps up this pace, Trey will shatter Dennis Dent's 1978 single season average of 28.31.

Alex Kenney and Austin Whipple return to Penn State.

Matthew Wylie is ready to kick if called on.

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Matty Vautour says connections run deep between UMass and Penn State.

He also reports on if Christian Hackenberg will join a list of UMass opposing players to star in the NFL.

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The UMass Daily Collegian says Minutemen kicking is still undecided.

The Collegian says UMass is in for a challenge.

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Trey Dudley-Giles isn't the only UMass player doing well. Jovan Santos-Knox is leading the nation in tackles. Through 3 games he has 42 total tackles. A projected 186 TT over 12 games would blow away the UMass single season record of 140.5 bay Kole Ayi in 1998. Joe Colton's 34 tackles would place him third in Minutemen single season TT's. He'd be .5 TT behind Khari Samuel's 136.5 in 1998.

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FYI, Blake Frohnapfel, through three games has 117.8 EFF 619 yards and a 206.3 yards/game. Last year A.J. Doyle and Mike Wegzyn had EFF ratings of 99.1 and 94.6 respectively. Doyle averaged 115.8 yards per game and Wegzyn 60.3.

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The York Daily News says the Whipple family returns to Happy Valley.

The TribLive.com reports the Whipples return to a place they call home.

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Max Moore of Hustle Belt has five questions with Penn State blog Black Shoe Diaries.

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The Penn State blog Victory Bell Rings says Penn State is looking to get their running game going against the Minutemen.

The same blog has three Nittany Lion players to watch against UMass.

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The Centre Daily Times looks at Alex Kenney's return to Happy Valley.

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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Wednesday--September 17th, 2014

Ted Daisher is out as UMass' special teams coach.

Lorenzo Woodley is out of Whipple's doghouse and ready to run against the Nittany Lions.

Dan Malone reports Whipple said Daisher's dismissal had nothing to do with the Vanderbilt game.

UMass fans who were not around during Whipple's previous stint with the Minutemen may not be aware that although Whipple has a kind of avuncular public persona, he does not put up with poor performance, either by players or coaches. Previously he has dismissed players and fired assistant coaches if the circumstances demanded.

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Matty Vautour has more on Woodley's pending start at Penn State.

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Penn State has their UMass game notes up.

Penn State releases their two-deep for UMass.

The Nittany Lions seek a group effort to protect their quarterback.

Penn State CB Trevor Williams was Big Ten defensive player-of-the-week for his two INT's against Rutgers.

Penn State looks for spark and consistency in special teams play.

Former UMass assistant Bob Shoop has brought the Nittany Lion defense together.

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The Penn State Blog Black Shoe Diaries looks at the tale of the stats between Penn State and UMass.

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Keepers College Football ratings has Penn State over the Minutemen by 28.14.

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Rutgers' AD apologies for "classless behavior" against Penn State.

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Julian Talley has been activated to the NY Giants regular roster.

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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Tuesday--September 16th, 2014

Dan Malone has three players up and three players down from the Vanderbilt game.

Jamal Wilson's injury may not be as bad as originally feared.

Coach Whipple says Penn State QB Christian Hackenberg is the real deal.

The above article is based on quotes from Whipple's weekly MAC teleconference.

Dan looks at the depth chart for Penn State. Lornezo Woodley likely to start at RB. A decision is needed at kicker. I think Matthew Wylie will start as kicker. Lucas has gone 5 for 14 over 2013 and so far this year.

Adding to the running back woes, Shadrack Aborkwah is not eligible for this week's game.

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Matty Vautour has more on Jamal Wilson's injury.

Matty looks at how UMass' independent schedule is building. Note UConn at Gillette and only one FCS team.

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Jesse Allen of Hustle Belt reviews the Minutemen's loss to Vanderbilt.

Byron Vance of Hustle Belt looks at the status of the MAC after week #3 and says Whipple can coach.

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The UMass Daily Collegian reports Ben Roethlisberger said Mark Whipple taught me how to be a pro.

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A Central Michigan RB has been charged with three felonies.

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isportsweb.com says Penn State is finding ways to win.

The Penn State blog Black Shoes Diary says the Nittany Lions are officially back.

The Patriot News looks at the Penn State O-line against the Minutemen front seven.

The Victory Bell rings says the Nittany Lions are big favorites against UMass.

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Remember how all the pundits said the Minutemen's run defense was terrible against BC? You know that the Eagles rushed for 452 yards against USC, so we didn't do too bad...

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Monday, September 15, 2014

Monday--September 15th, 2014

Matty Vautour wonders if the recent Oh-my-God-that-was-close games will cause the Minutemen to improve or breakdown.

Frohnapfel impresses me as a really mature guy. So does Randell Jette. I don't think any UMass player considers the team a finished project after only three games in Whipple's system. The players have to feel better about the team and its prospects after the results of the last three games. So I think the Minutemen will continue to improve.

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Last year UMass finished next-to-last in scoring offense; this year we're 88th through 3 games.

UMass is 31st in total penalties---and that's a sign of good coaching.

Trey Dudley-Giles has us 22nd in kickoff returns. Remember, we're doing this against BCS teams.

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UMass has a new fan blog: Sons of Old Massachusetts. No mention of who's running it.

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Keeper's College Football rankings has UMass #121 in FBS.

Las Vegas as UMass as a 29 point underdog to Penn State.

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Sporting News says UMass embarrassed Vanderbilt with a fake punt (with video).

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Deadspin says Vanderbilt's hugging Blake Lucas was just plain mean.

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Some Penn State fans plan to "Joe out" for the UMass game.

StateCollege.com says the Nittany Lions players have a lot of heart.

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Hustle Belt still has UMass ranked low in its league power rankings. The poll is pretty screwy as Central Michigan, who got blown out by Syracuse, and Ball State, who lost to a FCS team, are still ranked highly.

Joe Colton gets some praise in Hustle Belt's weekly feature on league players with good performances.

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