Sep 8, 2012; Foxborough, MA, USA; Massachusetts Minutemen running back Michael Cox (5) runs the ball against the Indiana Hoosiers during the first half at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark L. Baer-US PRESSWIRE

Miami (OH) 27, UMass 16: Michael Cox's Career Day Overshadowed In Loss

Michael Cox torched the defense for a career-best 188 rushing yards and two touchdowns, but his effort was overshadowed by Zac Dysert and the Miami (OH) Red Hawks, who defeated the UMass Minutemen, 27-16, Saturday in Oxford, OH.

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College Football Roundup, Week 4: UMass, UConn Make Strides, But Fall Short

UMass and UConn both made strides on Saturday, but neither could pick up the win. Boston College was off this weekend.

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VIDEO: UMass' Michael Cox Flips Into Endzone For A Touchdown

Another week, another loss for the UMass Minutemen. However, there were plenty of positives for head coach Charley Molnar and his squad to take away from its 27-16 loss to the Miami (Ohio) Red Hawks in the Mid-American Conference opener on Saturday.

One of the positives was Michael Cox, the fifth-year senior running back who shredded the Red Hawks defense for 188 rushing yards and two touchdowns, including a nine-yard scoring rush where he flipped over Miami (OH) safety Justin Bowers. The touchdown was Cox's first in a Minutemen uniform and the third rushing score of his collegiate career.

Cox had rushed for 108 yards in UMass' first three games, a total he nearly exceeded in the first half alone. Cox had 106 rushing yards in the first half, but UMass still trailed, 14-3.


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UMass Vs. Miami (OH) Final Score: Minutemen Fall To Red Hawks, 27-16

Michael Cox's career day on the ground was overshadowed by Zac Dysert's dual attack as the UMass Minutemen failed to win their first game once again, falling to the host Miami (OH) Red Hawks, 27-16, in their Mid-American Conference opener on Saturday afternoon.

Cox racked up a career-best 188 rushing yards after rushing for just 108 yards in UMass' first three games and scored his first touchdown of the season on a nine-yard scamper with 5:08 remaining in the third quarter, capping off an impressive 14-play, 72-yard drive.

Dysert, meanwhile, completed 12-of-22 passes for 192 yards and three touchdowns passes and rushed for 76 yards and one score on 12 carries. Dawan Scott (92 receiving yards, three catches) was successfully targeted by Dysert on his first two touchdown passes, connecting on a 49-yard score at 14:03 of the second quarter and again hooking up on a 17-yard score with 9:22 left before halftime. UMass was held to three first half points on a Brendon Levengood 30-yard field goal at 12:48 in the second. Miami led 14-3 at halftime.

Dysert's rushing score came on a seven-yard run with 9:16 to go in the third quarter, and following Cox's first touchdown rush later in the frame, the Minutemen trailed 21-10 entering the fourth quarter. Dysert found Spencer Treadwell for his final touchdown pass, a 33-yard score, putting the Red Hawks up 27-10. Cox tacked on another touchdown on his final rush of the game from two yards out with 3:21 to go. UMass attempted the onside kick on the ensuing kickoff, but it could not recover, and Miami ran out the clock to improve to 2-2.

Mike Wegzyn completed 19-of-40 passes for 213 yards and one interception for UMass (0-4), which outgained Miami, 471-408. Deion Walker caught six passes for 81 yards and Rob Blanchflower had five grabs for 50 yards. Wegzyn also rushed for 52 yards on 14 carries.

UMass returns to Gillette Stadium for its MAC home opener next Saturday against Ohio.



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UMass Vs. Miami (OH) Halftime Score: Minutemen Trailing, 14-3

Zac Dysert (8-for-16, 145 yards, 2 TD, INT) jump started the scoring with a 49-yard touchdown pass to Dawan Scott just 57 seconds into the second quarter and later connected with Scott on a 17-yard score with 9:22 left before halftime as the Miami (OH) Red Hawks took a 14-3 lead over the UMass Minutemen into the break Saturday.

Neither team broke onto the scoreboard in the first quarter, but after Dysert's first touchdown pass, the Minutemen put together a five-play, 16-yard drive that ended with a 30-yard field goal from Brendon Levengood at the 12:48 mark, making it a 7-3 game.

Michael Cox paced the Minutemen offense with 106 first-half rushing yards on 18 carries. Quarterback Mike Wegzyn completed 7-of-15 passes for 91 yards while Deion Walker had three catches for 45 yards and Rob Blanchflower reeled in three catches for 42 yards. UMass outgained Miami (OH), 245-225, in the opening half and did not commit a turnover.

Scott led all receivers with 92 yards and Jamire Westbrook rushed for 33 yards.


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UMass Vs. Miami (OH) 2012: Game Time, TV Schedule, Odds And More

The UMass Minutemen and Miami (OH) RedHawks will do battle on Saturday afternoon.

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UMass Vs. Miami (OH): Minutemen Meet Red Hawks In MAC Opener

UMass faces Miami (OH) in its MAC opener.

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