The University of Massachusetts wouldn’t go away Friday night. It doesn’t matter how many field goals it all missed, or how many times Brow invaded its backfield, UMass stayed available of winning the game.
But while in the fourth quarter, sophomore wide receiver Isaiah Wright shined those “touchdown-waiting-to-happen” skills wide devices coach Stan Hixon raved about during preseason camp out.
Wright hauled in two of their four receptions on a the later part of fourth-quarter drive, including a one-handed 13-yard catch in the corner of the end zone as the Owls edged the Minutemen, 29-21, at Lincoln Monetary Field.
“I’m excited to actually identify that catch because, from my own point of view, I knew what the play was, I suspected what the call was, I knew the read has been, but I didn’t have the vantage point to see the great catch,Inch coach Geoff Collins said.
The Minutemen uncomfortable the Owls in the fourth one fourth. Massachusetts capped off the eight-play, 76-yard, two-minute drive with a 3-yard touchdown perform by redshirt-junior quarterback Andrew Ford. The score made it a one-possession game. A pass interference penalty on redshirt-junior cornerback Derrek Thomas a couple plays before the touchdown state-of-the-art Massachusetts 11 yards.
Massachusetts regained possession with 26 minutes left in the contest first last attempt to tie the adventure from its own 18-yard line. Sophomore jogging back Nick Orekoya scooped up the fumble and ran for 30 yards before he has been taken down by Thomas because the clock expired.
Prior to the remaining drive, Massachusetts failed to utilize a few field goal opportunities. Redshirt-freshman Michael Schreiner missed three discipline goal attempts, including a 32-yard look at in the fourth quarter that could have brought the Minutemen inside of five points. ?
Ford completed 23-of-37 attempts for 377 yards and two touchdowns, nonetheless the Owls applied pressure on him or her from the Minutemen’s second drive of the game forward.
Redshirt-freshman defensive lineman Quincy Roche nabbed Temple’s initial sack of the game while in the first quarter, while senior citizen defensive lineman Jacob Martin followed their effort two plays down the road. Temple piled up nine carriers against Massachusetts.
Roche had a team-high several sacks on the night. Redshirt-senior defensive lineman Sharif Finch and sophomore linebacker Sam Franklin each received two. Redshirt-freshman linebacker Isaiah Graham-Mobley also chipped alongside a sack.
“You know, our goals on defense in the week were to get after the qb,” Martin said. “That was out of your D-ends’ rush and letting the inner guys play some game titles on the inside. It was just facts about taking the next step, the next step. That’s our mantra this week. I was challenged early in the week to consider over the game and I believe most people took the game over today.”
Redshirt-sophomore quarterback Logan Marchi got the setting up nod for the third immediately game, but freshman qb Todd Centeio made his collegiate debut in the second quarter.
Centeio commenced a series and was exchanged on the final play by Marchi. They passed 2-for-2 for 20 yards, such as a rollout to redshirt-junior wideout Marshall Ellick. He also rushed any ball for 10 yards on two carries.
Marchi completed 22-of-37 passes for 248 yards in addition to three touchdowns. ?
Offensive coordinator Dave Patenaude mentioned he doesn’t think Centeio begins a game this season, but this individual didn’t rule out him viewing on the field more often.
“We had a unique package that we’d happen to be really working on and paying attention to for three weeks,” Collins mentioned. “We felt it was game-ready, and it appeared to be. And he popped off a number of nice runs and some beneficial plays.”