Sunday, November 24, 2013

Sunday--November 24, 2013

The Season In Purgatory continues...

The game went bad early as Central Michigan scored on their first possession and UMass' offense went backwards about 20 yards on ours.

 UMass was not competitive in any portion of yesterday's game. A. J. Doyle had another bad game.He went 6-13-45 with 3 INT's (one for a CMU score).

The cold weather and wind did not bother Central Michigan's Cooper Rush who went 13-21-231 yards and 2 TD's. Rush pretty much had his way with the UMass secondary; whenever CMU needed yards, they got it passing. CMU went 4-4 in the redzone. UMass' one entry was stymied by another Doyle INT.

When Rob Blanchflower does not play, the Minutemen passing game comes to a total halt. No other receiver even sorta picks up the slack. Besides the QB, UMass also needs a big infusion of speed and talent in the receiving corps.

The Miinutemen did shut down the Chippewas running game, holding CMU to 65 total yards rushing.

UMass continues to burn up running backs. They broke Shadrach Abrokwah's redshirt yesterday. He must have been about sixth on the depth chart at the start of the season. It seems like UMass running backs last one game before being semi-permanently injured.

I don't know if anyone picked up on the ESPN3's commentators comments on UMass' struggles. They said UMass only had about 50 scholarships at the I-AA level and after the transfer of 10 players, UMass bottomed out with about 40 scholarships in 2012. If this is true, then that would be the reason Brown left, and it would be the reason UMass struggled in their last three seasons in the CAA. If UMass is barely at the I-AA level for scholarships after two seasons in FBS, then it's going to be another couple of years before there's much improvement.

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UMass writeup on the game.

Paul Bowker of MassLive says UMass routed.

MassLive says Abrokwah shined in his first game for the Minutemen.

The Hampshire Gazette said the UMass offense stalled out.

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UNH whacked previously undefeated Maine.

As I predicted, UConn picked up their first win over hapless Temple.

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6 comments:

Anonymous said...

Purgatory is a pretty good comparison. I don't pretend to be a football strategist but it seems obvious that the coach is trying to mold his players into his preferred offense (a dismal failure).
He should be creating an offense around the available talent. The only spark yesterday was half a drive on the ground snuffed out by the first pass which was intercepted. We have to try something else and probably LESS COMPLEX.

Anonymous said...

Does anyone like Charley Molnar?

Anonymous said...

Poor hire from the start, that's all I'm going to say. Here's a post from a ND blog in 2012 after hiring Molnar.

kravisjay says: Jan 3, 2012 9:27 AM

Charlie Molnar was asked to leave(fired) He never called a play at ND or anywhere.. Great hire UMass….

izy1 said...

pergaqtory? I think you are too kind. pergatory would be a blessing in comparison how they played this year. to go from a first class FCS Div 1AA team to the bottom feeders of MAC? 2nd year was no improvement from the first. Nobody on the team should be bragging Minuteman status.
Sorry to break the bad news, but 2nd year transition typically means improvement, apparently the UMASS AD and a poor excuse for a coach (Molnar) didn't get the memo. Someone has to have the nuts to say it so it might as well be me.

Anonymous said...

How are they going to recruit anyone to this program? I realize they have a young squad but you need talent to win. That comes from recruiting. What is the pipeline for this coaching staff?

Anonymous said...

so...maybe having only 40 scholly's versus 63 of other schools is why the last staff struggled. Remind me why we brought in Molnar someone?