Sunday, October 16, 2016

The Day after Louisiana Tech--October 16th, 2016

Well the last game at Gillette ended just like the first---a blowout. Not that we couldn't have made it closer. UMass missed two field goals and Ford fumbled for an easy Bulldog score. That's a thirteen point swing right there.

The defense got three turnovers, but we didn't score off them. By the end of the game UMass was losing defensive players at an alarming rate. Not much else to say except the Bulldogs are one of the top Group-of-Five teams and we're not. We showed some flashes, but not enough.

BTW, five years into FBS and we still can't kick a field goal. That's making me crazy. Hold a tryout from the soccer team or something. Damn...


UMass write-up on the game. Post game quotes (.pdf)

Louisiana Tech's write-up.

Dan Malone says the Bulldog offense was too much for UMass. reports Carlos Henderson had a monster night of 326 yards and 5 TD's.

Matty Vautour says UMass couldn't keep up.


BYU, Mississippi State and Tulane all played Friday night.

Florida blew out Missouri 40-14 and move into the top of the SEC East.

Boston College had a bye.

Old Dominion had a bye.

South Carolina had a bye.

Troy beat Georgia State 31-21.

UNLV edged Hawaii 41-38.



Anonymous said...

The sad thing is after the holding call on the 2nd and goal, I said to my son, "this drive will end with a missed field goal" No kidding.

Dave Root said...

Very tough game and I was almost relieved when NESN cut-away to the Bruins pre-game show. Hate to say it, but the Wagner game is our only shot at a win. 1-11, 1-11, 3-9, 3-9, 2-10!!!!! Let's go UMass!!! I miss the Yankee Conference and we always went 8-3, 9-2, etc.

UMass74 said...

Our last three years in the CAA were under .500

2009 5-6 3-5 CAA
2010 6-5 4-4 CAA
2011 5-6 4-4 CAA

izy1 said...

how much worse can it get? a lot.

Minutefanjsf said...

Nostalgia for the Yankee conference is okay, but that's all it is. The Yankee conference and that conference structure for FCS and FBS has Ben gone for a long time. As Frank points out we were in the CAA for our last couple years as an FCS team, prior to that there was A10 football before you get back to the Yankee conference.

Anonymous said...

Agree the Wagner game is our only shot at another win. It's just that...a shot. Hardly a guaranteed W. As to the above reference to the First and goal from the three ending in a missed field goal. I figured it would end that way as well. We've just seen it too many times to expect anything different. The program's in very rough shape right now.

TopUMassFan said...

I decided NOT to attend the game because I hate the ride back from Gillette...felt guilty for a while until the penalty near the goal-line, called the missed field goal and listened to most of the rest of the game on the radio.

Despite poor calls from the refs, and there's been a bunch, this team is not capable of playing a complete game.

Some players ( no names) ythink they're MUCH BETTER than they actually are...just watch the intro video (note to said players: the name on the FRONT of the jersey is way more important than the name on the BACK!).

I'll go to the Wagner game (just to go to the Hanger)and send the Seniors off. I wouldn't be surprised to see many players transfer out, rather than continue to lose this way.

The entire thing ALMOST needs to be completely blown-up and then restarted from scratch.

Very sad to witness what's happened/happening to this once proud program.

Football God's, we need you to shine on us now!

UMass74 said...

Let's get a grip. We all knew this season was going to be a very big challenge. Louisiana Tech is one of the best offensive teams in all of football. They proved it.

TopUMassFan said...

I hate sounding like a nay-sayer but the cast is base is decreasing, people are waiting for the shoe to drop AND it always does (missed fg's, penalties and stupid penalties)

How is it other schools that have made the move to FBS football AFTER US (App.St., ODU, GaSo.) are doing well or even very well? ODU has SOLD OUT EVERY home game...we don't even come close to filling McGuirk AND the Student Body leaves at halftime.

Good recruits aren't going to want to play in this current environment.

Guys are hurt but are they injured? Guys need to step up, be ready when their number is called. Matt Jordan didn't carry the ball often but when they handed it to him, he delivered.

Having the calls go against you hurts but we have to perform better in every phase of the game.

minutefanjsf said...

The reason(s) other schools are doing better than us are varied, but a common theme is that they were better equipped to make the jump-on field product, administrative/institution support, regional affinity for the sport, etc. BTW ODU sells out every game, but actual attendance is not a full stadium. The chicken and egg concept is huge here as well. Winning will get the fans. I actually don't think the players care as much about fans as they do the fancy training and coaching pedigree or school opportunities.