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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 …

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 Minutemen (0-4) host Bowling Green at McGuirk Stadium, Saturday at 3 p.m. “We’re definitely a …

Gazette writer Matt Vautour shares his thoughts about the Minutemen and college sports.

MAC Picks Week 4
Saturday, September 20, 2014

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, …

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 …

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 …

Connections run deep between UMass, Penn State football teams

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

AMHERST — Saturday’s game at Penn State was still five months away when Brenda Whipple was asked about it at the UMass spring football game in April . She shuddered at the very idea of it. “I don’t even want to think about it,” she said laughing. Back …

UMass notebook: Running back Lorenzo Woodley back in the picture for Minutemen

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

AMHERST — It had been a steep decline for Lorenzo Woodley. He arrived at UMass as the highest profile high school football recruit ever. Rugged and fast, he was expected to be a piece former coach Charley Molnar …

Matt Vautour: Independent football schedule taking shape for UMass

Monday, September 15, 2014

With no conference ready to extend UMass an invitation yet, the Minutemen have begun preparing their 2016 and 2017 schedules to play as an independent. Athletic director John McCutcheon said the school is expected to announce some games for those seasons shortly. “You’re going to see a fairly …

UMass notebook: Running back Jamal Wilson’s return this season questionable

Monday, September 15, 2014

AMHERST — Jamal Wilson’s season might not be over after all. The UMass running back, who left Saturday’s loss to Vanderbilt on a cart after suffering an apparent broken ankle, was originally thought to be done for the year, but UMass coach Mark Whipple held out hope that …

Matt Vautour: Breakthrough or breakdown coming for UMass?

Sunday, September 14, 2014

NASHVILLE, Tenn. Is the UMass football team moving closer to a breakthrough or a breakdown? This is an important time for the Minutemen. They’ve shown they’re good enough to play competitively with big conference opponents. Colorado and Vanderbilt figure to be the bottom of the Pac 12 and …