Match Review: Football |
Jalen Mackie had eight tackles and a sack for Massachusetts.
COLLEGE STATION, TEXAS — University of Massachusetts football held on in a two-ball game deep into the fourth quarter, but fell 20-3 (90,177) to SEC opponents Texas A&M at cold and rainy Kyle Field.
Jalen Mackie led a strong defensive effort totaling eight tackles (four solo), along with a sack and 1.5 TFL. TylerRudolf had seven tackles (five solo) while the Minutemen also had three fumble recoveries.
on the offensive, Isaac Ross had four catches for 25 yards while Kay’Ron Adams rushed 14 times for 58 yards. Brady Olson finished 9-for-22 passing while Texas A&M’s Conner Weigman finished 11-for-19 in conditions that challenged both quarterbacks.
How it happened
Texas A&M took a 3-0 lead on the first drive of the game and that was how the first quarter ended when the Minutemen stopped the Aggies on their next drive.
Massachusetts took the ball for a second time and drove down Texas A&M’s seven-yard line to end the first quarter, aided by a 21 yard Josiah Johnson catch.
Cameron Carson then converted a 25-yard field goal to round out the 75-yard drive and tie the score at 3-3 with 14-06 to play in the second quarter.
Texas A&M’s next drive, however, saw Conner Weigman hit Moose Muhammad III for a 38-yard gain TylerRudolf forced a fumbling and Jalen Stewart made the recovery to keep it a 3-3 game.
The Aggies started their third drive of the second quarter at the UMass 47-yard line and scored the first touchdown of the game for a 10-3 lead with a 22-yard pass from Weigman to Noah Thomas.
The UMass defense held one last time to finish the half, forcing the Aggies to miss a field goal attempt.
In the third quarter, Texas A&M converted a 35-yard field goal attempt to extend the lead to 13-3 with 7:49 in the third quarter.
A 36-yard drive in the fourth ended with a 12-yard touchdown by Le’Veon Moss down center that pushed the Aggies forward and leveled the game to its final score of 20-3.
Coach Brown quotes
Opening speech …
“It was a hard-fought game, no question. This was the toughest journey we’ve ever had… I thought the guys pulled it off [everything] really good, and based on how they handled it, it gave us a chance to play well in the game. And I don’t think there has been a lack of effort, energy of any kind and that’s been the theme of this football team for the past few weeks…the reality is I see tons of improvement in our team and of course we just have to turn into victories.”
Next weekend, the Minutemen wrap up the season by hosting Army at noon on Saturday, November 26 at McGuirk Alumni Stadium (ESPN+).
The game will include a ceremony honoring UMass seniors and will also be a military/first responders day of honor. For tickets click here.