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FILE - In this Sept. 19, 2015, file photo, Georgia running back Nick Chubb (27) tries to break free from South Carolina linebacker Skai Moore (10) during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Athens, Ga. No. 13 Alabama takes on No. 8 Georgia on Saturday in Tuscaloosa. (AP Photo/John Bazemore, File)

Soggy showdowns and unnoticed unbeatens

Friday, October 2, 2015

The biggest Saturday of the college football season so far will feature a rare SEC showdown, a big-time drawing card in Death Valley and lots of rain. Five games matching ranked teams will provide some separation between the contenders and pretenders in the College Football Playoff race. Another three games between ranked teams and undefeated ones will give an idea … 0

UMass is no match for Fightin’ Irish, 62-27

Sunday, September 27, 2015

SOUTH BEND, Ind. — The Notre Dame fight song exhorts the university’s football team to “wake up the echoes.” Well, it took a spirited second-quarter UMass rally Saturday to rouse the Fighting Irish but good. The Minutemen rallied from a 14-0 deficit to twice pull within a point, 14-13 and 21-20, against the highest-ranked opponent they’ve ever faced, before the No. 6 Irish, … 0

UMass wideout arrested

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

AMHERST — UMass senior wide receiver Jalen Williams was arrested early Sunday morning in Amherst after allegedly breaking into a car. UMass athletic department spokesman Molly O’Mara said the school had no official comment. “We’re aware and reviewing internally,” she said. “We won’t be commenting further.” Williams could not be reached for comment but spoke to WWLP (Ch. 22) in Springfield and said … 0

Owls shock UM, 25-23

Sunday, September 20, 2015

FOXBOROUGH — With just over a minute to play in Saturday’s game, UMass quarterback Blake Frohnapfel had just thrown his third touchdown pass of the afternoon to Jamal Wilson, giving the Minutemen their first lead of the day, … 0

Minutemen no match for Buffaloes, 48-14

Sunday, September 13, 2015

BOULDER, Colo. — Every home football game at the University of Colorado begins with a charge of Folsom Field by Ralphie, the buffalo mascot and her human handlers. On Saturday, in its 2015 season opener, UMass never pulled … 0

Spokesman: No decision on Kentucky drone crash

Sunday, September 6, 2015

LEXINGTON, Ky. — University of Kentucky officials continue to investigate the crash of a student’s drone into a section of Commonwealth Stadium before Saturday night’s football game against Louisiana-Lafayette. The school has not released the student’s name, and … 0

Charged Downey practicing

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

AMHERST — Da’Sean M. Downey will remain a fully eligible member of the UMass football team as his legal process plays out and as he won’t be further disciplined by the university. Downey will be arraigned Oct. 21 in Eastern Hampshire District Court, according to a criminal complaint … 0

Wisconsin’s Clement, Alabama’s Henry carry on in teams’ backfield tradition

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

MADISON, Wis. — When it comes to running the ball, few teams in the country can match the recent successes and lineages boasted by Wisconsin and Alabama. Next to step out of the shadows on Saturday night are … 0

Woodward gets his shot as UMass football assistant

Thursday, August 27, 2015

AMHERST — Scott Woodward has returned to his college home. The Wendell native and UMass graduate has returned to the Amherst campus as an offensive assistant football coach. He said he will work primarily with the wide receivers … 0

Minutemen tabbed among Pick 6 bowl upstarts

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Yes, there are actually college football teams that do not play in bowl games. There will be more postseason games than ever this season, 43 in including the College Football Playoff championship game, but still more than 40 … 0

Freshman back aims at sticking with club

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

AMHERST — Early in UMass football training camp, coach Mark Whipple said the goal for players, especially those trying to establish themselves, should be to earn a spot on the plane to Colorado. So far Sekai Lindsay looks like a good candidate to fly the friendly skies. Saturday’s … 0

Ex-UM QB Doyle jumping out to tight end

Sunday, August 23, 2015

AMHERST — A.J. Doyle was 9 the last time he played a position other than quarterback. But staying at quarterback this year would have either meant leaving UMass or watching from the sideline for another year with Blake … 0

Whipple high on UM ground game

Thursday, August 20, 2015

AMHERST — Jamal Wilson doesn’t bother trying to play down his enthusiasm. The senior tailback’s face erupts in a smile when he talks about being back on the field after missing most of last year with a knee … 0