After seemingly having control of the game against Central Michigan on Friday, the UMass Minutemen were overwhelmed in the second half by Zurlon Tipton and the Chippewas offense at Gillette Stadium, losing by the score of 42-21.
The Minutemen overcame a 14-point deficit early in the first half, coming back to tie the game at 14 apiece heading into halftime. UMass then opened the third quarter with a passing touchdown from quarterback A.J. Doyle, after he found Deion Walker for 11 yards and the score, giving the Minutemen their first lead of the game.
It would be the last time the Minutemen would score in the game and hold a lead, as the team was completely overwhelmed from there on out, allowing 28 straight points.
Central Michigan was led by running back Tipton, who scored four touchdowns and rushed for 185 yards against the Minutemen defense. He also led Central Michigan in receiving yards.