With the ninth week of the college football season in the books, it is now time to unveil this week’s Noontime Sports Teams of the Week.
Division 1 – Massachusetts: After Lorenzo Woodley’s two-yard touchdown run, UMass was one point away from tying Western Michigan and forcing an extra session. Although instead of attempting the PAT, the Minutemen elected to go for two. The conversion was unsuccessful and so was their onside kick, which was recovered by the Broncos with 22 seconds remaining in regulation.
UMass falls to 1-7 overall and 1-3 in the MAC (Mid-American Conference), but will look to earn their second victory next weekend when they host No. 17 Northern Illinois at 12 p.m.
Despite the setback, the Minutemen did finish the contest with some impressive numbers. UMass was 7-of-16 on third down and 2-of-4 on fourth downs. They also recorded 332 total yards of offense and only two penalties. Their opponent finished with 10 penalties for 83 yards.
Quarterback A.J. Doyle tossed one touchdown and completed 15-of-24 passes for 194 yards. Khary Bailey-Smith led all kick returners with 104 yards, while Rob Blanchflower finished with a season-best 137 receiving yards and one touchdown.
The Minutemen’s 30 points is the most they’ve scored this season. UMass hadn’t scored 30 points or more since last year when they lost to Ohio, 37-34.
Division 2 – Assumption College: The Hounds’ winning steak continued on Saturday as Assumption defeated Pace, 55-21. Assumption outscored the hosts, 28-7, in the second half and led at the break, 27-14.
Quarterback Bobby Jordan tossed three touchdowns and completed 16-of-24 passes for 239 yards, while Scott Simonson led all receivers with 99 yards receiving and two touchdowns.
On defense, Erik Abramson recorded five solo tackles, two tackles for a loss and one pass breakup. Kevin Ihlefeld recorded the unit’s only sack, as well as a forced fumble.
Assumption concluded the month of October with three straight wins and will look to continue their momentum on Saturday when they host Merrimack College on Senior Day.
Division 3 – Springfield College: Trailing St. Lawrence by two scores, quarterback Tim O’Brien rallied the Pride to victory in his first career start under center.
O’Brien trimmed the deficit with one-yard plunge in the third quarter before Louis Fenaroli scored the game-winning score on a one-yard run with 2:34 remaining in the fourth quarter, which provided Springfield with the win and their first Liberty League victory of the season.
O’Brien concluded the contest with 170 yards of total offense, 88 yards on the ground, while Fenaroli rushed for 37 yards on nine attempts. James Poggio led Springfield’s receiving core with two grabs for 46 yards.
Sam Weiss led Springfield’s defense with six solo stops. Umberto DiMeo recorded the team’s only interception, along with three solo stops.
The win concluded a three-game skid for the Pride, who will return to action in two weeks when they travel to RPI.