UMass: Minutemen hoping effort against BC translates to progress on the field and in the stands

September 14, 2021

The UMass football team lost by 17 to Boston College last weekend and head coach Walt Bell refused to call it a moral victory, but if you were at McGuirk Stadium it’s hard to ignore how important that effort was. For years, UMass fans have been clamoring for a respectable product. Winning will come, but just getting people to come out and watch an entertaining product has been like pulling…

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College: New England College Football Week Two Recap

September 14, 2021

Boston College ran past UMass on Saturday in a competitive game. (Photo courtesy of Michael Dwyer.) Week two featured a tighter than expected game between Boston College and UMass and an upset when Merrimack beat Holy Cross. Here are my thoughts in the weekend that was in college football in New England. 1. No one thought UMass would hang with Boston College. While you never got the sense the Minutemen…

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UMass: Olson makes most of his opportunity in first career college start

September 12, 2021

When it was announced on Friday night that Brady Olson would be making his first career start for UMass against a Boston College team with extremely high expectations this year, many thought he was simply being thrown to the wolves. I was one of those many. Instead, Olson put a scare into Boston College fans everywhere with a 214-yard, three touchdown, two interception performance, leading the Minutemen in a serious…

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Commonwealth Clash: Minutemen prove to be no push overs in loss to Boston College

September 12, 2021

Photo by Christopher Tucci/UMass Athletics AMHERST-It was supposed to be a blow Saturday afternoon at McGuirk Memorial Stadium. Boston College was supposed to run through and around the UMass Minutemen. The problem is, no one told the Minutemen that. UMass more than held their own in a 45-28 loss to Eagles. Boston College jumped out to a 14-0 lead in the first quarter and it seemed like the Romo was…

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Commonwealth Clash: It wasn’t pretty, but Eagles beat UMass 45-28

September 12, 2021

AMHERST – The old saying about baseball games is that anytime you head to the ballpark you might see something you never have before. On Saturday afternoon, it applied to football. Boston College visited UMass for the first time since 1982 as 37 point favorites, but lost their starting quarterback one drive into the game and had to withstand a furious, downright stunning upset bid by the Minutemen before ultimately…

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Commonwealth Clash preview: Boston College (1-0) @ UMass (0-1)

September 11, 2021

Line: BC -37.5 (O/U 57) Three offensive keys for Boston College: 1. The running game – The Eagles had 190 yards on the ground last week, but 61 of them came on Phil Jurkovec scrambles. No one on the team had double-digit carries and fans are still waiting to see someone take over that “lead” back role. It’d be nice to see the 2. Continued dominance from the O-line –…

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Commonwealth Clash: BC, UMass to honor 20th anniversary of 9/11 with jerseys & helmet decals

September 10, 2021

As much as we all joke about how badly BC is probably going to beat UMass on Saturday, the day itself will be about far more than just football. Saturday is of course the 20th anniversary of the tragic terroist attacks on September 11, 2001. I was in eighth grade math class when the history teacher next store stormed in the room and told our teacher and then the class….

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Commonwealth Clash: Lindstrom looking forward to special weekend, tries to end CMASS/WMASS debate

September 8, 2021

Saturday is going to be a day you only dream about as a kid for Alec Lindstrom. Lindstrom, who played high school football at Shepherd Hill, will get to reacquaint himself with former teammates and opponents on the UMass side when the Eagles travel to Amherst with basically his entire family and hometown on hand. On Wednesday, Lindstrom also tried to answer a question that may never have an answer,…

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Commonwealth Clash: Eagles looking forward to rare Amherst road trip

September 7, 2021

To put in perspective how long it’s been since BC’s football team played a game at UMass, I was still six years away from being born. When the Eagles visit McGuirk Stadium for the first time since 1982 on Saturday, it’ll be a great day for football in the Commonwealth. UMass may be going through down times at the moment while BC is a threat to reach the ACC title…

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UMass: Minutemen struggle in 51-7 rout at Pitt

September 4, 2021

Image courtesy of Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports The hope heading into this season was that UMass was ready to take a step forward, if not in wins and losses, then in competitiveness and intangibles. But after watching the Minutemen get blown out, 51-7, by Pittsburgh in Saturday’s season opener, it was hard to find many silver linings. There were times when the defense played well, but it was only in…

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