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Massachusetts' Jovan Santos-Knox (17) drags down Michigan quarterback Reginald Ball as Massachusetts' Daniel Maynes (97) charges into help in the second quarter of an NCAA college football game in Foxborough, Mass., Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014. (AP Photo/The Republican, J. Anthony Roberts) photo by J. Anthony Roberts

With bowl eligibility an outside possibility, ‘big game’ on the horizon for UMass

Monday, October 20, 2014

With two straight wins under its belt and obvious improvement on both sides of the ball, there’s optimism about the future and enthusiasm for the present for the UMass football team. With only a handful of contributing seniors, there’s reason to think the Minutemen will have a good shot at being bowl eligible in 2015 and a potential contender for …

UMass defense shows signs of coming together in win

Sunday, October 19, 2014

FOXBOROUGH UMass had already clinched the win over Kent State last weekend. The Golden Flashes had the ball deep in Minuteman territory with less than a minute left. Whether or not they scored, UMass was leading 40-17 and assured of winning the game. But the defense dug in. They wanted to win to …

UMass hockey makes its first win a dramatic one

Sunday, October 19, 2014

After losing to Michigan State on Friday, the Minutemen bounced back Saturday, defeating the Spartans in the final seconds 4-3. On a power play, Patrick Lee (two assists) netted the game-winning goal with 9.9 seconds remaining in regulation on assists from Steve Iacobellis and Ray Pigozzi. Iacobellis (two assists) had tied the game, 3-3, with one of his two goals roughly four and …

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

MAC Picks Week 8
Saturday, October 18, 2014

Fans help celebrate UMass football team’s return to McGuirk Stadium

Sunday, September 28, 2014

AMHERST — The first smell was kielbasa, or was it sausage? It’s hard to tell. For anyone walking through the parking lots surrounding McGuirk Stadium Saturday, each step brought a different smell. To go 20 paces past the …

HD video board crashes to ground during UMass football game against Bowling Green

Sunday, September 28, 2014

AMHERST — The University of Massachusetts rented a high-definition video board to show highlights and other video during its football game against Bowling Green Saturday at McGuirk Stadium. It hung in the southwest end zone next to the …

UMass notebook: QB Blake Frohnapfel shines in loss to Bowling Green

Sunday, September 28, 2014

AMHERST — After UMass’ two most recent losses to Penn State and Vanderbilt, coach Mark Whipple called out his best players, including quarterback Blake Frohnapfel, specifically for not making enough plays. After Saturday’s 47-42 loss to Bowling Green, …

UMass’ return to McGuirk ends in 47-42 shootout loss to Bowling Green

Saturday, September 27, 2014

AMHERST — When the public address announcer told the crowd UMass freshman J.T. Blyden’s fumble, which Bowling Green recovered with 1 minute, 46 seconds left, was being reviewed, the Minutemen sideline was hushed. The players stood together, with …

UMass players and fans glad to be back at McGuirk Alumni Stadium in Amherst

Friday, September 26, 2014

AMHERST — Liam Coen used to look forward to the short bus ride from the Campus Center Hotel, where the University of Massachusetts football team stayed the night before games, down to McGuirk Alumni Stadium. The Minutemen’s record-setting …

Football’s return to UMass brought changes to McGuirk, rules and regulations

Friday, September 26, 2014

AMHERST — Since UMass last played on campus in 2011, the Minutemen changed leagues, moved to the highest level of football and built two new buildings as part of the McGuirk Stadium complex. In addition to the big …

Ex-Minutemen share their favorite McGuirk Stadium memories

Friday, September 26, 2014

AMHERST — With the UMass football team returning to McGuirk Stadium Saturday for the first time since 2011, the Minutemen are hoping to create some new memorable games. But the stadium has hosted plenty of memorable contests from …

UMass officials aim to keep tailgating civilized

Friday, September 26, 2014

AMHERST — Four hours before the start of the University of Massachusetts football game, fans will begin arriving in the parking lots surrounding McGuirk Alumni Stadium, and many will set up their grills and unload their coolers. The …

MAC Preview: Conference regresses from 2013, leaving championship up for grabs

Friday, September 26, 2014

AMHERST — For the past two years, the Mid-American Conference was on the rise. On the strength of strong play by several top-end teams, the conference hovered around the BCS discussion. But with several stars having graduated, including …

UMass avoids ADA compliance with McGuirk upgrade

Friday, September 26, 2014

Editor’s note: This article was previously published in Wednesday’s edition of the Valley Advocate. This Saturday, the UMass football team returns to play a home game at McGuirk Stadium for the first time in three years, since making …