Saturday, September 21, 2013

Game Day--Vanderbilt

UMass football continues to receive financial support in its move to FBS. The Athletic Dept has announce a major gift from brothers David and Paul Manganaro.

Dan Malone also has a report on the gift.

Paul Manganaro was a 5-11 224 pound ILB for the Minutemen. He lettered in 1982, 83, 85 and was Captain in 1986.

I swung by McGuirk yesterday and the place was a beehive of activity. Construction on the new press box has started. Note the construction guy standing on the iron.



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Lots of fan activities for today's game.

Dan Malone has another tough OOC opponent for the Minutemen.

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Mark Chiarelli of the Gazette has story about today's game.

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My Q & A with the Anchor of Gold Blog is up on that site.

Christian D'Andrea has getting to know UMass.

He predicts the Commodores over UMass 44-6.

The Commodores arrive at UMass (image gallery).

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The MAC Report Online has a preview of Week #4.

Ten televised MAC games today.

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Today will be another test of the Minutemen's determination. Vanderbilt is a rising SEC team who went  9-4 last year with a bowl win.

The Commodores will be significantly bigger than UMass on both sides of the ball. The Minutemen have one 300 DL in the two-deep (Robert Kitching III 6-1) and only one other 300-pound DL on the roster (Elijah Wilkinson 6-4 330 a true freshman). Terrell Correia 6-7 305 true freshman is listed as OL/DL. Vanderbilt has four 300-pounders on the two deep.

It would be great to see some offensive production. UMass moved the ball for a couple of long drives against Kansas State, but did not score. Keeping the big play Vandy offense off the field would keep the score respectable.

I was at the game last year and the UMass defense played fairly well. The Commodores scored on an INT and punt return. The UMass offense also turned over the ball deep in UMass territory. Less mistakes will make for a better game today.

Come out to support the team. Go UMass!!



3 comments:

TopUMassFan said...

Good Morning Frank,

I feel like we are going to see some improvement today, not a win, but improvement. Not sure why I feel this way but I hope I'm right.

I came up with a gameday mantra for myself that I'd like to share with UMass Nation.

"My Head, my heart, 100 % for 60 minutes strong"

A question about your photo of the new press box. WHY do they still have those old food stations? Bulldoze them!

I want to see everyone that is "All In" inside Gillette today! GO UMASS!

TopUMassFan said...

Hello again, Frank,

I think my feeling was right on.

A much better performance from the entire team! The defense played tough (do I rare say extremely well?) and didn't seem to get worn down until very late in the game.

The offense still needs work but stepped up and looked better. Having Branchflower was huge and I thought both Qb's did well. Woodley had some good runs. I think we still need to get the plays in quicker and hopefully, that will happen. I wouldn't be opposed to playing two Qb's and sending in two plays per Qb every two plays. At least the plays would be in the huddle all ready.

I am very disappointed that more fans are not coming to the games. If the Central MA fans aren't coming to spite their face, they're only hurting themselves and the team, not the AD or powers that be. Marketing needs to improve. Offer buy one, get one free or buy this game, get your choice of football, basketball or hockey ticket free. Do Something!

Overall, great effort today. No need to hang heads, be proud of the steps you took forward today!

See more of you iat next home game! GO UMASS!

UMass74 said...

I agree about food service. If we're going to play games at MCGuirk, then food is a big income source. The whole concessions operation including food and UMass apparel should be reconfigured.

UMass should consider beer in plastic cups. Five dollars a beer would sell and generate a lot of income.