Sep 8, 2012; Foxborough, MA, USA; Indiana Hoosiers quarterback Tre Roberson (5) is tackled by Massachusetts Minutemen defensive back Darren Thellen (27) during the first half at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark L. Baer-US PRESSWIRE

Indiana 45, UMass 6: Minutemen Drop FBS Home Opener At Gillette Stadium

MIke Wegzyn and the UMass Minutemen were able to score their first FBS points in school history, but they could not keep pace with Tre Roberson and the Indiana Hoosiers, who routed the Minutemen, 45-6, on Saturday at Gillette Stadium.

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UMass Vs. Indiana Final Score: Hoosiers Rout The Minutemen, 45-6

FOXBORO - Given the opportunity to salvage one of its openers, the UMass Minutemen went down hard in their FBS home opener at Gillette Stadium on Saturday afternoon, being routed by the Indiana Hoosiers, 45-6, one week after dropping their first ever FBS game against the Connecticut Huskies. UMass, as a result, drops to 0-2 overall on the season.

"We've been working very hard in practice. I think our guys were mentally ready," said UMass coach Charley Molnar. "They had good momentum, good feeling at the beginning of the game, and all of a sudden, it just got away from them. We could just never get it back."

UMass' offense was shut out in the season opener, but showed signs of life early on against Indiana, when freshman quarterback Mike Wegzyn was able to lead his team on a three-play, 75-yard drive spanning 47 seconds to bring themselves within a point, 7-6, after Indiana quarterback Tre Roberson opened the scoring with a 50-yard touchdown rush. The Minutemen scoring drive was highlighted by a 56-yard passing play, with Wegzyn connecting with wide receiver Marken Michel on a trick play, setting up a 16-yard touchdown run up the middle by Wegzyn two plays later (Blake Lucas' extra point attempt was no good, wide left).

After that, the Minutemen couldn't muster any more offense. UMass had one more legitimate opportunity to put points on the board in the third quarter, but Lucas missed a 36-yard field goal wide left with 2:56 left in the quarter. UMass totaled 264 yards of offense (78 rushing, 186 passing) while giving up 606 total yards to the Hoosiers (321 rushing, 285 passing).

Wegzyn finished 18-of-26 with 151 passing yards and A.J. Doyle, who entered the game in the fourth quarter, saw some time under center, throwing for 35 yards on 3-of-8 passing. Michael Cox rushed for 36 yards on 15 carries and Michel racked up 68 receiving yards.

"I felt more prepared coming out. I think, as a team, we felt more prepared," said Wegzyn. "We've been looking a lot better in practice from the week before until this game week. Obviously, we didn't have the game we were expecting and hoped to have. There's more things that we have to polish up. I think, today, we came out and at least as an offense, we really found our identity this week and showed a little bit in spurts during the game."

Roberson, who rushed for two touchdowns in the first quarter and threw for one more, finished the game with 98 passing yards and 105 yards on the ground for Indiana, but left the game with a serious left leg injury early in the second quarter and was removed on a stretcher. Cameron Coffman, who replaced Roberson, had 159 passing yards and a score. Tevin Coleman rushed for 73 yards and Cody Latimer had 68 receiving yards for Indiana.

UMass travels to face the Michigan Wolverines next Saturday afternoon in Ann Arbor.

AUDIO: UMASS COACH CHARLEY MOLNAR | AUDIO: UMASS QB MIKE WEGZYN


FINAL 1 2 3 4 Total
Indiana Hoosiers 21 17 0 7 45
UMass Minutemen 6 0 0 0 6

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UMass Vs. Indiana Score Update: Minutemen Trailing, 38-6 After Third

FOXBORO - Neither side could keep pace with the high scoring first half, and the Indiana Hoosiers kept their halftime lead intact, leading the UMass Minutemen, 38-6, after three quarters of play at the first FBS home game in UMass history at Gillette Stadium.

Mike Wegzyn, starting his second game at quarterback for the Minutemen, has completed 18-of-26 passes for 151 yards through the first three quarters. Marken Michel has five catches for 68 yards and Michael Cox has carried the ball 15 times for 36 net yards. Darren Thellen leads the Minutemen defense with 11 tackles (nine solo).

Tre Roberson, who rushed for two first-quarter touchdowns and threw for another, has 105 rushing yards and 98 passing yards, but left the game early in the second quarter with a left leg injury. Cameron Coffman, who replaced Roberson under center, has 139 passing yards. Cody Latimer has 60 receiving yards and Tevin Coleman has rushed for 73 yards.

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UMass Vs. Indiana Halftime Score: Hoosiers Routing Minutemen, 38-6

FOXBORO - MIke Wegzyn's first quarter touchdown run finally gave the UMass Minutemen their first points of the FBS era, but that was the only offense they could muster and the Indiana Hoosiers had their way and rolled to a 38-6 lead at halftime at Gillette Stadium.

Tre Roberson sparked the Hoosiers' offensive attack in the first quarter, rushing for two long touchdowns and throwing for another, but the sophomore quarterback suffered a scary left leg injury that resulted in him leaving the game on a stretcher and being removed from the stadium in an ambulance. Prior to the injury, Roberson had amassed 98 passing yards and 105 rushing yards. No official update on his condition has been provided by Indiana.

Cameron Coffman replaced Roberson and threw for 92 yards. Cody Latimer had four catches for 60 yards and Tevin Coleman rushed for 51 yards on 10 carries.

Mike Wegzyn completed 12-of-18 passes and had 97 yards through the air for UMass. Wegzyn also had 35 rushing yards on five carries, including a 16-yard touchdown scamper, and Michael Cox racked up 31 rushing yards. Marken Michel had 66 receiving yards.



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Tre Roberson Injury: Indiana Quarterback Leaves Game In Ambulance

FOXBORO - Indiana Hoosiers sophomore quarterback Tre Roberson suffered an apparent left leg injury after a quarterback sneak with 12:56 left in the second quarter on Saturday afternoon's game against the UMass Minutemen at Gillette Stadium. Roberson was placed on a stretcher and taken off the field in an ambulance.

No update on Roberson's condition has been released yet. Prior to the injury, Roberson had put together a strong game, rushing for two touchdowns and throwing for another to help lead Indiana to a 21-6 lead after one quarter. Roberson finished the game with 98 passing yards, one touchdown and one interception as well as 105 rushing yards and two scores on four carries.

Cameron Coffman, a junior quarterback, replaced Roberson under center for Indiana, which currently leads UMass, 31-6, with 4:32 remaining in the opening half.

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UMass Vs. Indiana Score Update: Hoosiers Up 21-6 After First Quarter

FOXBORO - The UMass Minutemen defense had no answer for Indiana Hoosiers quarterback Tre Roberson in the first quarter, as the sophomore rushed for two long touchdowns and threw for another to lead the Hoosiers to a 21-6 lead over the Minutemen after one quarter of play in the home opener on Saturday afternoon at Gillette Stadium.

Roberson finished the quarter having completed 5-of-8 passes for 85 yards and racked up 89 rushing yards on two attempts for Indiana. Roberson rushed for a 50-yard score with 12:13 remaining and followed that up with a 39-yard touchdown rush with 10:24 left. Roberson then found Shane Wynn for a five-yard touchdown pass at the 7:27 mark.

UMass was able to score its first points of the FBS era after a trick play that resulted in a 56 yard pass from quarterback Mike Wegzyn to Marken Michel set the Minutemen up in the red zone. Wegzyn completed the drive with a 16-yard quarterback keeper, but Blake Lucas missed the extra point, keeping Indiana in the lead.

Wegzyn (10-of-15) passes for 89 yards. Michael Cox rushed for 37 yards on seven carries.

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UMass Vs. Indiana 2012: Game Time, TV Schedule, Odds And More

The UMass Minutemen will try to bounce back from their season-opening loss to the Connecticut Huskies on Saturday when they host the Indiana Hoosiers at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass.

It was a rough start last weekend for UMass' newly minted FBS program, as the Minutemen couldn't do anything offensively against UConn. The team only gained three yards on the ground despite having 24 attempts, and managed just 59 yards of total offense.

The rushing defense provided one bit of good news. While UMass allowed 147 rushing yards in the game, those came on 43 carries, an average of just 3.4 yards per carry for the Huskies.

Indiana isn't expected to contend for much in the Big Ten Conference this year, but did start the campaign on a positive note against the Indiana St. Sycamores, beating their in-state rivals 24-17.

Sophomore quarterback Tre Roberson looked solid in his 2012 debut, throwing for 280 yards and a touchdown on 26-of-36 passing. Wide receiver Shane Wynn was on the receiving end of six tosses, gaining 95 yards and finding the end zone once.

TV: ESPN3

Time: 3:30 p.m. ET

Odds: Indiana is favored by 14 points.

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UMass Vs. Indiana: Minutemen Play First FBS Game At Gillette Stadium

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