Tuesday, October 31, 2006
The Springfield Republican parses the playoffs here.
The Boston Herald has a UMass-UNH game article here .
The Odds Guy Keeper has UMass as a 13.5 point favorite (gasp!).
UMass has its UNH game notes here .
New Hampshire has its UMass game notes here .
This might be a good time to mention the terrific performance of the UMass offensive line this year. We are undefeated in I-AA and leading in most offensive stats in both the A10 and nationally. Our running game is hitting on all cylinders and Coen lead the nation in pass efficiency.
The O-line has only given up 8 sacks in 8 games and 190 pass attempts!
A lot of that is due to the O-line:
Monday, October 30, 2006
His career totals as of Saturday are: GP 42/34 carries 913 yards 4,264 ave 4.7 36 TD longest 58 yards.
He joins former Georgia Southern RB Adrian Peterson and former UNH RB Jerry Azumah in the 1,000 yard/season club .
Baylark is currently 8th in rushing in I-AA this year (and with only one yard/game separating 6th through 8th positions).
Baylark is current 3rd all time in rushing in UMass history. He needs 360 yards to pass UMass legend Rene Ingoglia for second place.
Congratulations to Steve from all UMass fans!
UPDATE: Matty Vautour of the Hampshire Gazette adds two articles; the first on Steve Baylark and the second on the Northeastern game (registration required, but worth it)
The Springfield Republican has another article here .
Despite the weather Liam Coen kept his position as the #1 rated passer in I-AA .
UMass is 3rd in I-AA total offense (and leads the A10).
Also you will remember UMass led I-AA in scoring defense last year. Guess what. We're up to #2 in I-AA in scoring defense in 2006.
Sunday, October 29, 2006
Brad Anderson and James Ihedigbo's stop of Northeastern's Maurice Murray on the Huskies only offensive scoring threat was huge. Murray had been running through UMass tackles all day.
And again when UMass center Alex Miller somehow made a shoestring tackle on a Huskie DB who had the whole field ahead of him on Baylark's fumble.
The Boston Globe has a story here .
The Boston Herald has a story here . And the Herald has another story on Baylark and Miller's tackle here .
The Springfield Republican has a article here .
The UMass Athletic site's writeup is here . The Northeastern Athletic Dept's report is here .
Dave Coulson of I-AA.org has his I-AA recap the the events in I-AA (including UMass-Northeastern) here .
The image above is from the UMass Athletic dept site. I could not find who took it. If the photographer would e-mail me, I will attribute it.
Saturday, October 28, 2006
Maine looses and UMass is alone on top of the A10 North.
Blogger is having troubles and won't let me republish to change the game count-down clock to the New Hampshire game.
Will try again later.
Bruce Dowd reviews last week's games (including Northeastern-UNH) and looks at this weeks games (including UMass-Northeastern) in his weekly column A10 Den .
The Boston Globe has an article about the game with the focus on Huskies TE Kendrick Ballantyne .
The Springfield Republican has a game day article here .
Matty Vautour has an inspiring article about Steve Baylark here . Be sure to read Matty's UMass Sports Blog for more Baylark stuff here (regestration required, but worth it)
Well, this game will be a test. Northeastern in Boston with horrible weather is a load. Winning or loosing this game will make a big impact on UMass' post-season chances.
Let's take care of the ball and get a big win in Brookline. Go UMass!
TV of the game is available here or through the UMass website .
Friday, October 27, 2006
The Atlantic 10 has their gameday article up . Note that UMass-Northeastern is the only TV game.
Watch is live over the internet here (if you have a fat pipe).
The Boston Herald has an article here .
There will probably be more articles later. I'll add them as they come up.
The Rutland Herald has an article here .
Also being recruited by Boston College, UNH, Maine, URI and San Diego.
Jason UMass' defense is the best outfit in New England!
Thursday, October 26, 2006
The A10 football conference will be playing its eight week on saturday. With four games to go there is still plenty of drama left.
Three teams are undefeated in A10 play.
- Maine 4-0 and 5-2 overall
- UMass 4-0 and 6-1 overall
- James Madison 4-0 and 6-1 overall
- UNH 2-2 and 5-2 overall
- Delaware 2-2 and 4-3 overall
- Richmond 2-2 and 5-2 overall
- Towson 2-2 and 5-2 overall
All remaining UMass games are big. A loss at Northeastern would mean UMass HAS to beat Maine or UNH (and Hofstra) to make the playoffs. Finishing 10-1 means a home field all the way through the playoffs. 9-2 with wins over UNH and Maine and the loss coming against Northeastern or Hofstra still means a home playoff game.
Going 8-3 (loosing two of the final four) would mean a road playoff game if UMass beats Maine and UNH looses another game. If UMass would loose to BOTH Maine and UNH we would almost certainly be out of the playoffs.
In the South, the big game is JMU @ Richmond. The Spiders must win this game or they have a very good chance of being left out of the playoffs unless JMU should come apart in their last three games.
Matt Doughtery looks ahead to Saturday's games (including the A10 games) in his weekly column Extra Point here .
Wednesday, October 25, 2006
Steve Baylark continues to lead the A10 and is #7 in I-AA with a 127.43 yards/game .
Liam Coen continues to be #1 in I-AA in passing efficiency .
UMass is 4th in Total Offense in I-AA .
And the UMass defense is now rated #2 in I-AA in scoring defense .
In the A10 UMass leads the league in Pass Efficiency Defense, Kickoff Returns, Net Punting, Pass Efficiency, Pass Defense and Scoring Defense .
The Boston Globe has an article here about the surging Huskies .
Northeastern has a football booster group Friends of Northeastern Football . Their website has a coach's newsletter from Head Coach Rocky Hager. In the latest edition Hagar talks about the Huskies big win over New Hampshire.
Tuesday, October 24, 2006
So does Northeastern. Their game notes are here .
Fact from the Northeastern game notes: So far, the Huskies have played the toughest schedule in I-AA with a combined opponent winning average of .651 (43-23). They have also played seven straight top-25 teams.
The Springfield Republican has a general UMass football article here .
Matt Dougherty recaps last week's action with his Extra Point column here .
The Odds Guy Keeper has UMass as a 20+ point favorite .
Monday, October 23, 2006
The UMass press release is here .
The A10 notice is here (pdf format) .
UMass fans will note that UMass has played seven games and won seven A10 Player-of-the-Week awards...
Image is by J. Anthony Roberts. Link to the image gallery is in the previous Blog post.
The Republican has a game article here .
The Boston Herald here .
The Providence Journal here .
The Boston Globe here .
The Worcester Telegram here .
This article in the Herald is mostly about Northeastern's overtime victory over New Hampshire, but it includes a quote from Coach Brown that the win got UMass' attention .
Matty Vautour has two game articles in the Monday's Gazette. The game article is here . And an article about the O-line's plans to put a dent in Baylark's pocketbook here .
Sunday, October 22, 2006
A great homecoming day. Another huge crowd of 15,000+
UMass fumbled the opening kickoff and in Rhody's second series the UMass safety bit on the fake for a Ram gain to the UMass 2 yard line. After three offensive series it was 13-6 Rams.
The rest of the game was 41-3 UMass. Baylark a career game of 235 yards. Coen was near perfect--again.
Saturday, October 21, 2006
Since their formation by Coach Whipple, the Friends have been a driving force in UMass Football excellence.
If you enter Friends of Football in the "search this blog" button in the Blogger menu bar at the top you will find 14 blog posts about the Friends. The last one was here .
This Blog believes all UMass football fans should belong to the Friends. Please join. Please. Stop by and meet them. Be part of UMass football and help the team.
It's not just the $$$. Having a large and active membership in Friends of Football really, really helps the team in the Byzantine world of campus politics.
Friday, October 20, 2006
That's fine with me. Let's stay under the radar until we hit the playoffs.
The Atlantic 10 is also rated 2nd in the GPI.
Matt Vautour has a UMass-Rhode Island game article here (registration required, but worth it).
Bruce Dowd has his week article A10 Den on the state of the A10 (including insights on UMass-Towson and UMass-Rhode Island) here .
The image above is a scan from the 1998 UMass press guide.
I've Blogged before about former UMass Coach Eddy Morrissey. There is a new article about his move to the University of Oregon by the Nashua Telegram here .
Thursday, October 19, 2006
The 1:00 pm game UMass-Rhode Island game at McGuirk will be an A10 TV game .
From the A10 write-up "the series will be aired live on NESN and WSGR in Winston-Salem, NC. In addition, the contest will be aired on tape delay Saturday on Cox (4:30pm) and Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia (7:00pm). The game will be aired on tape delay Sunday on College Sports Television (2:00pm) and Comcast SportsNet DC (3:30pm)."
The A10 Gameday Article is here .
Rhode Island lost to Richmond 31-6 last week.
The Rams Athletic Director resigned October 12th after a long dispute with the school administration.
Richmond has an excellent defense. As you know, Rhody runs the spread option. They were missing their starting QB Derek Cassidy (ankle injury) and their backup QB John Butler also left the game with a shoulder injury. That left them running a true freshman QB. Both may be available for the UMass game.
This article from the Providence Journal talks about the UMass-Rhody game and UMass QB Liam Coen who's from North Providence. Rhode Island's coach Tim Stowers son played on the same high school team as Liam.
Note the Providence Journal has registration. I use Bugmenot.com to get passwords.
Wednesday, October 18, 2006
The Lambert Trophy was established by brothers Victor and Henry Lambert in memory of their father, August. The Lambert’s were the principals in a distinguished Madison Avenue jewelry house and were prominent college football boosters.
To be eligible for the Lambert Award, a school must be located in the East or play half of its schedule against eligible Lambert teams. The territory includes
UMass is recruiting Jose Gumbs a 5-8 160 pd RB/Athlete from Hebron in LewistonMe.
The Sun-Journal has an article here .
The image is Jose (on the right, with his brother Greg Gumbs who plays football for Bates).
Jose, UMass would be a great place for you!
UMass leads in the voting for the Lambert Cup the symbol of Eastern I-AA supremacy.
The ECAC press release is here (pdf). The ECAC home page is here .
The top five:
- UMass 50 points all 5 first place votes
- Tied JMU-New Hampshire 41 points
- Richmond 37 points
- Princeton 24 points.
The UMass Athletic site has an article here.
Incidentally, there does not seem to be any webpage/site that has any material on this award.
Even Wikipedia does not have an article. The history of the award (famous recipients: Doug Flutie, etc) would be interesting.
Could some New England football fan with some time on their hands at least do a Wikipedia article?
Tuesday, October 17, 2006
As a side note, UMass has played six games and has won six A10 Player-of-the-week awards .
The A10 notes are here (pdf format) .
Coen is #1 in the A10 and #1 Nationally in passing efficiency with an incredible 188.5 rating (10 points higher than the runner-up).
Note that UMass is 3rd nationally in total offense (ahead of the highly touted UNH offense)
Not to forget the defense, we're up to 3rd in the nation in scoring defense .
Matty Vautour has an article in the Hampshire gazettee here (registration required, but worth the aggravation). The Springfield Republican has an article here .
Baylark is also leads the A10 in rushing with 109.5 yards/game and is 17th nationally .
Only two other I-AA backs have achieved 1000 yards in four seasons Jerry Azumah and Adrian Peterson. Baylark is on track to do that in 2006.
Monday, October 16, 2006
I said in my post below that I did not capture any of Brandon London's four TD's. Peggy Koepplin did (and apparently had better seats than I did)
UPDATE: I received an e-mail for UMass kicker Chris Koepplin saying that the photographer was his father Alan Koepplin. Nice work Alan!