Sunday, September 14, 2014

Sunday--September 14th, 2014

Yesterday was quite a day. I listened to the game over a creaky Wi-Fi network and there was an apocalyptic  thunderstorm here in Virginia Beach during the late second half.

The Minutemen battled all day. I especially liked the UMass drive to Vanderbilt's four yard line with less than a minute to play. I think the Minutemen showed a lot of heart. Trey Dudley-Giles 74 yard return was electric. UMass had 20 first downs. Eight different players caught a pass for the Minutemen.

We made some plays and we didn't make some plays. But remember we're doing this against BCS teams. Losing to Maine is crushing. Losing to Central Michigan 0-37 is crushing. This wasn't.

Last week I said we didn't score 45 points last year until the 6th game. UMass only scored 140 points the whole year in 2013. This year we have 76 points in three games all against BCS teams.

We'll get there. Let's give Penn State a hard time next week.


Dan Malone says late game collapse dooms the Minutemen.

Jamal Wilson suffered a broken leg in the game.

Coach Whipple says UMass will look at the kicking situation this week in practice. After Blake Lucas missed a 22 yard field goal to send the game into overtime, Whipple will take another look at FR Matthew Wylie.

Dan says inconsistent play from the Minutemen's leaders led their downfall.

Video interviews with Whipple and Frohnapfel after the game.


Matty Vautour has missed opportunities doomed the Minutemen.

Matty has more on Jamal Wilson's injury. Matty also reports Ryan Johnson, Zeke Edmonds and Lucas Kolter all played. We've been hearing good things about Johnson and Edmonds, but Kolter must have been doing well to make the travel squad.


Vanderbilt Blog Anchor of Gold comments on the game.


The MAC had a good win yesterday as Bowling Green beat Indiana, but a couple of bad losses too.

All the MAC results here.


BC upset USC.

Colorado lost to Arizona State.

Penn State edged Rutgers



Anonymous said...

Leave it to UMASS fans to criticize the coach in this game. What did they expect? He put them in the position to make game winning plays, they were open, they had the ball, they could kick the ball. No one is perfect, but Whipple has been as good as advertised.
Meanwhile, these same fans are bad in math, as they now complain about having to buy tickets for assigned seats. The price is the same, the availability will be similar, but all they want to do is complain. Are they too cheap or too dumb? How about supporting your school?

Anonymous said...

I agree with your sentiments completely. We also ran some seventy - four plays. It's a wonder we didn't win. And you're right. The difference between last year and this year is obvious and impressive. All fans should be pleased. If we win win four this tear, we have made strides. Any more than that and Whipple has worked his magic. Go UMass!

Anonymous said...

I'd like to know what happened with Blyden? Scary to think we are down to three backs with Wilson's Injury and Harris ' departure and the season has just started.

Anonymous said...

yea, I get a laugh from those idiots who say they will no longer go to basketball games because they don't offer GA tickets. Are you kidding me? Buy season tickets or buy a few for the games you want to go to, the prices are about the same and if you get them early, they will be better seats.