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Ohio 37, UMass 34: Minutemen come up short in MAC home opener

Mike Wegzyn and the UMass Minutemen played their best game of the school's brief FBS era, but they still came up short against the Ohio Bobcats, falling 37-34 in their MAC home opener Saturday in Foxboro.

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UMass can't get its first win, loses 37-34 to Ohio

The Ohio Bobcats won a thriller against the UMass Minutemen, beating the home team 37-34 on Saturday afternoon.

The Minutemen remain winless despite putting forth a spirited effort. UMass was leading 27-20 entering the final quarter, but couldn't hold off of Ohio, allowing 17 unanswered points before answering with a late touchdown.

On a positive note, quarterback Mike Wegzyn had his best game of the young season, completing 27-of-51 for 375 yards and four touchdowns.

Deion Walker and Alan Williams were Wegzyn's top choices on the afternoon, gaining 162 and 106 receiving yards respectively. Williams hauled in three touchdowns while Walker brought in one.

Michael Cox also had a nice game for UMass, picking his way through the Ohio defense for 76 yards on 22 attempts.

The big difference in the end was the play of workhorse running back Beau Blankenship, who accrued 271 yards and two scores on 43 carries. The touchdowns came in the final period on 5- and 40-yard runs.

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UMass trailing 20-17 at the half

The Ohio Bobcats are leading the UMass Minutemen at halftime, 20-17.

UMass has been led offensively thus far by quarterback Mike Wegzyn. The youngster has completed 12-of-23 passes for 176 yards and two touchdowns. Wegzyn was hot early on, hitting Alan Williams for a 27-yard score and then Williams once more on a 50-yard connection.

On the ground, the Minutemen have had some success when giving Michael Cox the ball, who has rushed for 52 yards on just seven carries.

However, UMass' defense has left quite a bit to be desired. Ohio has been able to go up and down the field, with running back Beau Blankenship gaining 150 yards on 24 carries in the first 30 minutes.

Tyler Tettleton has also been able to expose the Minutemen, throwing for 167 yards and a pair of touchdowns on 10-of-15 passing. Trailing 17-13, Tettleton put the Bobcats ahead with a 41-yard strike to Chase Cochran with only 1:16 left in the half.

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