Call it a learning experience. Nether the UMass Minutemen (0-4) or UConn Huskies (2-2) were able to come out on the winning end during Saturday's full slate of college football games, but that doesn't mean the day was a wash. Progress was made all around, and sometimes that's all you can hope for.
UMass was defeated my the Miami (Ohio) Red Hawks, 27-16, but continued its upward offense trend. The Minutemen nearly amassed 500 yards of offense (471 to be exact) and senior running back Michael Cox scampered for 188 yards and two scores, and the 16 points marked the highest margin of UMass' brief FBS tenure. After being blanked by UConn in Week 1, UMass has scored more points each week (six in Week 2, 13 in Week 3 and now 16 in Week 4). When you have a team making the jump to FBS from FCS, you simply can't expect immediate success, so what we've seen from the Minutemen so far is normal, and encouraging. UMass is now 0-4 overall.
UConn, meanwhile, couldn't get the win against Western Michigan, losing 30-24, but it also displayed some encouraging signs, specifically from quarterback Chandler Whitmer. After three straight weeks without a touchdown pass (not to mention five interceptions), Whitmer found the end zone three times, his first three FBS touchdowns, and threw for 333 yards. Whitmer's touchdown with less than a minute to go brought the Huskies within a score, but they couldn't come any closer. While he showed definite progress, Whitmer still had some mishaps, including a fumble that resulted in a touchdown and one interception. UConn fell to 2-2 overall after the loss.
Boston College was off this weekend, but the Eagles return to action next Saturday against the ACC rival Clemson Tigers. Considering how BC fared last weekend, perhaps this was a blessing.
NEW ENGLAND COLLEGE FOOTBALL SCOREBOARD: WEEK 4
Miami (Ohio) Red Hawks 27, UMass Minutemen 16.
Western Michigan Broncos 30, Connecticut Huskies 24.
Harvard 45, Brown 31.
Dartmouth 13, Holy Cross 10.
Cornell 45, Yale 6.
Old Dominion 64, New Hampshire 61.
Albany 30, Maine 20.
Stony Brook 32, Colgate 31.
James Madison 32, Rhode Island 7.
Duquense 35, Bryant University 21.
Stonehill 26, Assumption 24.
UMass Dartmouth 23, Plymouth State 21.
Western New England 41, Nichols 7.
Mass Maritime 42, Coast Guard 38.
Fitchburg State 34, Maine Maritime 14.
Amherst 38, Hamilton 14.
Springfield 44, Rochester 14.
Ithaca 40, Frostburg State 21.
Rensselaer 39, Worcester Tech 17.
New Haven 45, St. Anselm 0.
Salve Regina 41, Endicott 24.
Trinity (CT) 37, Bates College 16.
Worcester State 27, Westfield State 20.
Rose-Hulman 28, Manchester 26.
Framingham State 16, Bridgewater State 0.
Curry 31, MIT 28.
Monmouth (NJ) 27, Sacred Heart 14.
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