Thursday, July 31, 2008

My Top Ten UMass Football experiences

Only thirty days until the 2008 season opens and only five days till football camp starts! Be still my heart.

I read this article about one man's ten best college football experiences and I started thinking about my ten best UMass football memories. This list only contains games that I was actually in attendance.
  1. Attending the National Championship game against Appalachian State in Chattanoogna.
  2. Attending the 1978 27-0 win over Boston College and the largest ever crowd (20,000) at McGuirk.
  3. Being at the 1996 UMass-UConn game at McGuirk. UMass was down 38-19 with twelve minutes to play. UMass TE Eric Henry catches a Jeff Smith pass with 31 seconds left for a UMass win 39-38. Greatest comeback in UMass history.
  4. The Fly0ver at the Navy game. Two S-3's go over the stadium 500 feet up. And UMass played great football. The UMass band wows the Navy crowd.
  5. Being at the BU game at Nickerson field when Frank Alessio ran for 337 yards.
  6. Watching the Hatchell brothers beat UNH in both 2006 games.
  7. Watching Steve Lemay's 102 yard interception for a TD against BU.
  8. Watching Ben Albert score a TD and beat Holy Cross 7-3 and end their long home win streak.
  9. Watching UMass beat Lehigh 27-21 in the first FCS playoff game at McGuirk since 1977.
  10. Watching UMass crush UConn 62-20 in 1999. UMass played everybody except the student managers.
What's your favorite memory? TV games don't count. You had to have been there.

UPDATE: Just purchased two Texas Tech tickets from the UMass Athletic Ticket office! An honorable mention favorite UMass memory would be the Kansas State game. UMass led 7-0 at the end of the first quarter and there were 60,000 very, very quiet Cats fans at the game.

20 comments:

Anonymous said...

Countdown to opening football game is down to 30 days.

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Anonymous said...

OK, Frank, I guess that it's the BC game you witnessed?

Anonymous said...

Your favorite? or most memorable?

Rocks said...

You pretty much covered all of my favorites; the drubbing of UConn, the Navy game where we essentially outplayed them but lost, the national championship against App St, the Lehigh playoff game, and the UNH playoff game. I’d probably also put last year’s BC game there too. I enjoyed hearing the minority number of UMass fans be louder than the resident Superfrauds and see our defense thoroughly frustrate “Matty Heisman”.

My least favorite would be the blizzard game at Colgate.

One other experience I would mention, though not attended personally, was watching the Montana playoff game on the video scoreboards during and after the win against BC hockey in the Mullins. The students were doing the usual football chants and they would pipe in the fight song when we scored. That was a great night.

Anonymous said...

The 3OT loss to Delaware in 2003 is in my top 10. Back and forth game between 2 great teams. I had hoped they'd play again in the playoffs, but we all know about the trip to Colgate.

I'm glad to see that you included the 1996 comeback vs UConn - the Miracle at McGuirk.

Jerry Gordon said...

Favorite Games:

Playing against Flutie: The crowd bombarded him with snowballs

Beating Villanova when they had Howie Long. First game I ever started. We trapped him all day Fun. We scored first I said something to him. I didn't realize he lined up over me for the X-point. He punched me in the face and about knocked me out. Last thing I ever said on a field. Learned my lesson early.

Playing BU in a hurricane. we lost 3-0 but the game was on ABC TV so they couldn't cancel

Beating Delaware for the first time (coached in that game)

Anonymous said...

The 1990 away game at Delaware was a great one. 23,000 fans on their homecoming and we held them to their lowest offensive output under Tubby Raymond. It was also the first time we ever beat them.

Anonymous said...

Frank, how are you getting to Texas Tech? Any good airfares out there?

UMass74 said...

We spent a half an hour talking to a Southwest Airlines rep. We ended up getting a flight to Austin and then another fight to Lubbock. It was not cheap. We wanted to fly out of Manchester. Perhaps we could have done better if we included Portland or Logan.

The other big hassle was finding a place to stay. We Googled hotels and motels in Lubbock. They all had on-line notes that they had no rooms available for Sept 12th and 13th.

Mrs. Blog called a couple of motels and asked "What's going on in Lubbock?" The reservations clerks said, "There's a football game!". We ended up getting a motel in a small town 30 miles out of Lubbock...

Anonymous said...

taking down the goalposts after the lehigh game was great

Anonymous said...

adrian zullo running down a defender, punching out the ball and recovering the fumble. what a player.

Anonymous said...

Great memories expressed here; we have an awesome tradition. The players (past and present) are a testimony to how deserving fans and alumni alike are in the upgrading of our program. I enjoyed reading all of the comments. It is really hard to choose one! I hope everyone is having a great summer...

Anonymous said...

Being at the 1998 National Championship game. When the game ended and the big scoreboard kept flashing "UMass National Champions" I thought I had died and gone to heaven. A memory I will NEVER forget!!

Anonymous said...

I have been looking at flights to Amarillo which are cheaper and staying there, then driving to Lubbock for the game (just over an hour ride, I think)

Anonymous said...

Without a doubt, kicking BC's collective asses in 1972. First varsity game that I started.

topsfieldfan said...

My three favorite games:

3) My first game in the Fall of 1980. Villanova or Delaware State if my memory is right. I was with my Grandfather and I was hooked from the start.

2) Championship game against App. St. Losing was the only bad part of a great season.

1) Traveling to Montana and watching our guys win in a very loud (but not hostile) environment.

UMass74 said...

I should have gone to the '98 National Championship game.

I regret not not going to Montana, but I made the choice to believe that they would win and I would make the trip to Chattanooga the next week.

Anonymous said...

The UNH playoff game in 2006 is probably my favorite that I saw live. Second would be the Lehigh playoff game in 1998 when we stormed the field and tore down the north post. Lots of good memories.

Anonymous said...

The Texas Tech game is the 20th I checked both schedules! I have also booked from providence RI green airport and got round trip tickets the Raddison in Lubbock and a rental car for short $ I also booked back in April so I was lucky but they still have deals available. I dont know about the 13th because I will be at James Madison!

UMass74 said...

Yes, the 19th and 20th is the correct date. I didn't check before I wrote my post. Sorry.