UMass Four Down Preview: UMass Minutemen (1-9) at Texas A&M Aggies (3-7)

November 18, 2022

Image courtesy of ESPN By Ryan Barry NEFJ Correspondent Kickoff: The UMass Minutemen head back down south for the second time in as many weeks to take on an ailing Texas A&M football program that had College Football Playoff dreams at the beginning of the season. The Minutemen lost a heartbreaking 35-33 thriller to Arkansas State (3-7) last week in Jonesboro, while the Aggies were taken down 13-10 by the…

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UMass: After excruciating loss to Arkansas State, Minutemen must turn the page quickly

November 14, 2022

A failed two point conversion. That’s all that kept UMass from forcing overtime against Arkansas State on Saturday, but in the end, a loss is still another loss. The Now 1-9 Minutemen have a daunting task this weekend as they travel to face Texas A&M before closing out the regular season against Army. The Minutemen put up the most points they have all season and almost 500 yards of offense,…

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UMass Four Down Preview: UMass Minutemen (1-8) at Arkansas State Red Wolves (2-7)

November 11, 2022

By Ryan Barry NEFJ Correspondent Kickoff: The UMass Minutemen head south to take on an unfamiliar foe in the Arkansas State Red Wolves of the Sun Belt Conference. While last week’s 27-10 loss to UConn has supporters split on whether anything positive can be taken from it, the Minutemen take on a team that’s also had their fair share of struggles this season. Regardless of circumstance, it’s yet another opportunity…

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College: UConn 27, UMass 10; Huskies inch closer towards stunning bowl berth with win over rival Minutemen

November 4, 2022

By Ryan Barry NEFJ Correspondent EAST HARTFORD – An unseasonably warm night at Pratt & Whitney Stadium was the setting for the UConn Huskies’ 27-10 win over the UMass Minutemen. Dubbed among other things, the “U Game,” this year’s edition did not disappoint, as these two New England rivals defied their critics and played a tough game all the way till the end. The Huskies (5-5) rushed for 274 yards…

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UMass/UConn Four Down Preview: Umass Minutemen (1-7) @ UConn Huskies (4-5)

November 3, 2022

Image courtesy of ESPN By Ryan Barry, NEFJ Correspondent Kickoff: On the heels of the UMass Minutemen and UConn Huskies renewing their series through 2027, the imminent next chapter of this New England rivalry kicks off on Friday night under the lights at Pratt & Whitney Stadium. A win is of the highest importance when these two meet, but in the landscape of independent college football, the implications of who…

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UConn: New to the rivalry, Mora looking forward to showdown with UMass

November 2, 2022

The only way the historic win over Boston College truly matters is if UConn can follow it up with a win over UMass this Friday night. Sounds simple enough, right? Well, not so fast. The Minutemen and Huskies began this season at the ground level of program rebuilds. Don Brown and the Minutemen have struggled to get results, while Jim Mora has his team two wins from a bowl game…

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UMass: Records aside, Brown well aware of how important game against UConn is

November 2, 2022

It’s been another down year for UMass, but most of the negativity will disappear with a win over rival UConn on Friday night. At the start of the season, the Minutemen and Huskies were in the exact same situation. Both programs had hit rock bottom for several years and were a laughing stock nation wide. Well, months later, Jim Mora stunningly has UConn thinking bowl bid in his first season,…

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UMass: Brown in it for the long haul when it comes to rebuild

October 25, 2022

What’s the old saying? You don’t always get what you want, but you get what you need? One win heading into November wasn’t what UMass fans had in mind when the second Don Brown era began. At times this season, there’s been tangible evidence of improvement, but it obviously hasn’t produced victories. Almost every week, we’ve told you how much UMass is improving but they keep losing. So, are we…

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UMass: Buffalo charges past UMass 34-7

October 15, 2022

Courtesy of Chris Tucci/UMass Athletics By Ryan Barry, NEFJ Corespondent AMHERST – The beautiful fall backdrop of McGuirk Alumni Stadium was the setting for a Buffalo Bulls 34-7 win over the UMass Minutemen. An early 17-0 hole proved too much to overcome, as a sputtering offense and inconsistent defense doomed the Minutemen before a crowd of 13,378 fans. Known for their solid secondary play so far this season, the Minutemen…

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UMass Four Down Preview: Buffalo Bulls (3-3) at UMass Minutemen (1-5)

October 14, 2022

Image courtesy of ESPN By Ryan Barry NEFJ Correspondent Kickoff: For a second straight week the UMass Minutemen will defend McGuirk Alumni Stadium against a team that also resides in a town of Amherst, the Buffalo Bulls. Suffering a 42-24 defeat to Liberty last weekend, the Minutemen lacked consistency on offense and committed too many penalties, something that’ll be crucial to fix against an opponent that is definitely beatable. First…

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