Sunday, September 11, 2016

Sunday--September 11th, 2016

Well if it was a fight between the UMass offense and BC's defense, they would have stopped it. The Eagles were much more physical and overwhelmed the Minutemen offense all day. Ross Comis took an early borderline legal clothesline hit and was never the same. Comis went 11-28 for 145 yards, had 1 INT and fumbled twice.

UMass could not protect Comis and could not run the ball. When we did get a break, such as the interception by Shane Huber we went nowhere. Shakur Nesmith could not catch a nice pass late in the second half that would have flipped the field.

The defense made another strong effort. The Minutemen force nine punts by the Eagles, intercepted Towles once and held BC's running back Jon Hilliman to 54 yards (a 2.5 AVE). The UMass defense had 8 TFL. The majority of BC's rushing came when Towles was flushed out of the pocket.

Logan Laurant had another outstanding day as he helped the defense with a UMass record 547 punting yards and averaged 45.6 yards/punt. He also dropped four punts inside the BC twenty.

UMass needs to find some offense or it's going to be a long year. Some of the problem is the caliber of the opposition, but we need to improve bigtime.


Mike Traini of "Fight Massachusetts" recaps the BC game.

The UMass website says the Minutemen were stymied.

Dan Malone says the offense struggled.

Mark Whipple breaks down Ross Comis' struggles.

Shane Huber said two defensive breakdowns contributed to BC's total.

Matty Vautour reports turnovers and the BC defense were too much for the Minutemen.

The Boston Herald reports BC bounced back and UMass faded.

The UMass Daily Collegian said the Minutemen fell flat.


Florida pounded Kentucky 45-7. The Gators had 546 yards of offense.

Mississippi State stopped a seven game South Carolina win streak against the Bulldogs.

Tulane routed FCS Southern 66-21.

Appalachian State cruised to an easy win 31-7 over Old Dominion.

Louisiana Tech blew out FCS South Carolina State 53-24.

Wagner rolled over NAIA Concordia 38-0.

Troy played Clemson tough and lost 30-24.

BYU lost to Utah 20-19 in a game where two Cougar defenders were ejected for targeting.

After traveling 19,000 miles in their first two game, Hawaii beat UT Martin 41-36.



Anonymous said...

Good grief. Looks like a long season.

TopUMassFan said...

Hi Frank,

BC's front lines were too much for us. In the second quarter, with UMass leading, we tried to stretch the field on second down and got incomplete passes instead three consecutive series. I felt the momentum changing at that point.

Also, when Comis got hit in the head, he seemed off afterwards. I thought Ford might have been brought in or one of the others but Whip stayed with Comis. The defense put in a great effort but were on the field for 3/4 of the game, or so it seemed. FIU needs to be a big win for us for us to move forward. Tulane or Hawaii can still be signature wins.

UMass74 said...

UMass punted 12 times so the defense was on the field most of the time. When I did the blog this morning the NCAA had not updated individual stats, but Logan Laurant should be one of the leaders in punting stats.

Comis needed to get rid of the ball quickly. He also needed to use his quickness to move up in the pocket and possibly run for 5 -8 yards and then slide. That would have slowed the pass rush. Running wide was not possible and he took a number of heavy shots trying to do so. He was not the same after that first big hit.

izy1 said...

Sack after sack, inadequate protection. No chance to run, double manned on receiving.
Defense did the best they could and deserve credit for keeping scores as low as they have these last 2 games.

On a somber note

Anonymous said...

Agree with the previous comments.
Struggles on offense are difficult to watch.
Hopefully there will be a breakout against FIU.
Defense playing very well despite being outsized!