UMass sours in football finale

  • UMass tailback Marquis Young crosses the goal line during UMass’ 63-45 loss to FIU Saturday. MARIO TERRANA/UMASS ATHLETICS

Sunday, December 03, 2017

MIAMI — UMass’ strong second half ended on a sour note.

Alex McGough passed for 296 yards and three touchdowns and added 108 rushing yards and another score, as the Minutemen couldn’t slow FIU’s offense and fell 63-45 on Saturday to tie a program record for most wins in a season.

UMass (4-8) trailed just 35-31 when Andrew Ford hit Adam Breneman for a two-yard touchdown with 5:01 left in the third, but FIU scored three straight touchdowns to pull away. The 63 points and 18-point margin were the most points the Minutemen allowed and lost by all season.

Ford completed 30 of 44 passes for 349 yards and four touchdowns with one interception for UMass (4-8). Marquis Young had 125 yards and a touchdown on 17 carries and caught 17 passes for 44 yards and another touchdown. Jesse Britt had five catches for 101 yards. Bryton Barr made a team-high 12 tackles.

FIU (8-4) set a program record with 674 total yards and scored on all seven trips to the red zone to set a program mark for points, besting a 55-point game in 2003.

Alex Gardner added 108 yards on the ground and two touchdowns for FIU. Napoleon Maxwell had 77 yards on 10 carries and two scores, and Bryce Singleton caught six passes for 111 yards and set a freshman record with three TDs.