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Penn State defensive end Garrett Sickels (90), bottom, and defensive tackle Tarow Barney (91), top, pressure Massachusetts quarterback Blake Frohnapfel (7) as he tries to pass in the fourth quarter of  NCAA football game on Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014, in State College, Pa. Penn State won 48-7. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

UMass notebook: Minutemen’s running woes continue

Sunday, September 21, 2014

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — The combination of losing starting running back Jamal Wilson to an ankle injury last week and playing the best opponent it is likely to face this season extended the UMass football team’s running woes. The Minutemen carried the ball 28 times for 3 yards. True freshman J.T. Blyden started the game and had 10 yards on 20 carries. Jordan Broadnax had five carries for -7 yards. After praising his performance last week, Whipple didn’t go to Lorenzo Woodley until the game was well out of reach. He had one carry for 3 yards. Senior receiver Alex Kenney, who began his career …

Survive and advance in college football, sort of

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Now that college football has a bracket — albeit a very small one for the four-team playoff — the mantra of the NCAA basketball tournament is seeping its way into fall Saturdays: Survive and advance. It’s not quite that simple, but it was certainly an appropriate way to look at what No. 1 …

Weekend college recaps: Amherst College men’s soccer shuts out Williams to remain undefeated

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Nico Pascual-Leone led the Lord Jeffs to Saturday’s 4-1 win at home against Williams College. Pascual-Leon scored an unassasisted goal in the first half and added another in the second half with help from Bryce Ciambella. Christopher Martin and Andrew Orozco added goals of their own, Orozco’s coming off an assist from Pascual-Leon. Thomas Bull allowed one goal and recorded four saves to …

UMass still confident with conference play on deck

Sunday, September 21, 2014

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — Even though the nonconference portion of its season ended with a thud after Saturday’s 48-7 trouncing by Penn State, the UMass football team was confident the beginning of Mid-American Conference would launch success. The …

Duzyk, Jeffs’ defense deliver as Amherst holds off Bates in NESCAC opener

Sunday, September 21, 2014

AMHERST — Amherst College defensive back Ryan Duzyk intercepted a 2-point conversion pass attempt by Bates’ quarterback Matt Cannone late in the game and the NESCAC defending champion Lord Jeffs held off the upset-minded Bobcats, 14-6, at Pratt …

UMass outclassed at Penn State, loses 48-7

Saturday, September 20, 2014

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — There was no heartbreaking ending for the UMass football team this week. After two weeks of near misses, the suspense was gone in the second quarter Saturday, as Penn State overwhelmed the Minutemen, 48-7, …

Florida State suspends QB Jameis Winston for entire game against Clemson

Friday, September 19, 2014

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Top-ranked Florida State will face Clemson without Jameis Winston — for the entire game and not just the first half. Florida State interim President Garnett S. Stokes and athletic director Stan Wilcox said late Friday …

Friday’s colleges: UMass men’s soccer returns home, beats Fairfield 2-1

Friday, September 19, 2014

Josh Schwartz scored in overtime as the UMass men’s soccer team earned its first victory of the season, beating Fairfield 2-1 in the home opener. Matt Keys had the other tally and Luke Pavone assisted on both goals for the Minutemen (1-5), playing their first home game since …

UMass’ margin for error is likely much smaller at Penn State

Friday, September 19, 2014

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — The UMass football team made several mistakes during its first two games. While it was in position to win each time, it couldn’t finish the job. If the Minutemen (0-3) are going to break …

Veteran Amherst College football team hosts Bates in season opener Saturday

Friday, September 19, 2014

AMHERST — The Amherst College football team is returning the majority of its starters from the 2013 team that went 7-1. Despite a veteran lineup, this season’s focus is on fundamentals and the skill positions. “It doesn’t matter …

Thursday’s colleges: Brown blanks UMass, 2-0, in women’s soccer

Thursday, September 18, 2014

The UMass women’s soccer team had no answer for Brown’s defense as the Minutewomen were shut out 2-0, in Providence, Rhode Island, Thursday. The Bears (3-2-0) scored a goal in each half. Danielle Kriscenski made eight saves, while Cassidy Babin stopped in shared duty for UMass. Men’s golf …

Whipple: UMass preparing for future NFL No. 1 pick in Penn State quarterback Christian Hackenberg

Thursday, September 18, 2014

AMHERST — Former UMass players often talk about playing against Philip Rivers (N.C. State in 2002), Byron Leftwich (Marshall, 2001) and Matt Ryan (Boston College, 2007) before all three quarterbacks became standouts in the NFL. Someday the current …

Harvard football coach Tim Murphy begins 21st season with new approach, same passion

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Tim Murphy has always been a do-it-yourself coach. With a hands-on approach, he has built an Ivy League empire during two decades at Harvard. The Crimson’s first league championship under Murphy came in 1997. Last year, they won …