The superlative UMass Marching Band made the trip and dazzled the home Hen crowd with a solo routine and with a combined set with the Delaware Band. That turned out to be the highlight of the evening for UMass fans.
As for the game, UMass sure didn't look like the squad that went toe-to-toe with Kansas State for sixty minutes.
Maybe the problems of the Foolish Four had its effect after all. It did, in some part, because RFr. safety Darren Thellen started and got picked on by Devlin most of the first half. I don't know if the UMass radio feed mentioned if something was wrong with Kumar Davis. Maybe he had the flu or was nicked up? Jeromy Miles came up limping after one kickoff, and if he had not been able to continue, UMass would have been flat out of Safeties. Not having Shane Viveiros certainly hurt.
The UMass offense was out of sync all game. Mysteriously, we tried running right most of the game instead of left over our All-American tackle Vladimir Ducasse. That did not work very well---we had 15 yards rushing in the first half.
Hopefully, UMass will get its mojo back for the New Hampshire game. Whatever was missing for the Minutemen made this a tough loss to watch.
Then again, win or lose-----Go UMass!