College Sports

Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield (6) looks to pass against TCU during the first quarter of an NCAA college football game in Norman, Okla., Saturday, Nov. 21, 2015. (AP Photo/Alonzo Adams)

Okla. 3rd, Iowa 4th, Irish 6th

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Oklahoma moved into third and Iowa was fourth in the new College Football Playoff rankings as Notre Dame slipped to No. 6. Clemson and Alabama remained the top two teams in the third-to-last committee rankings. The Sooners (10-1) seem to be in solid shape with only one game left in their season. Oklahoma will play at Oklahoma State on Saturday with a chance to win the Big 12. The Cowboys dropped to 11th after losing its first game of the season Notre Dame (10-1) also plays its last game of the season Saturday, a possible resume-builder against Stanford, which is ninth in the rankings. “In … 0

Moving on from Ohio St.

Monday, November 23, 2015

A season’s worth of skepticism about Ohio State was validated in a loss to Michigan State and the Buckeyes are no longer in the conversation to be No. 1. Not now. Not for the rest of this season. Repeating as national champion is hard, even for the first team to be a unanimous … 0

Favored UMass crunched, 20-13

Sunday, November 22, 2015

AMHERST — It was far from the kind of lasting impression the UMass senior class hoped to leave. Last season, Miami (Ohio) rallied from a 27-point second-quarter deficit to beat the Minutemen, 42-41, snapping its 22-game losing skid. Saturday afternoon, the RedHawks came into McGuirk Alumni Stadium having lost 22 straight road games, and UMass proved the cure to that streak as well … 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

UM confident in QB Frohnapfel

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

AMHERST — Expecting Blake Frohnapfel to be better in Year 2 seems a little greedy. All he did last year was learn a system he’d never played in before and put up record-setting numbers for a previously awful … 0