OXFORD, Ohio - The Miami University football team held off conference newcomer Massachusetts for a 27-16 homecoming win in the Mid-American Conference opener for both teams Saturday afternoon at Yager Stadium.

Miami (2-2, 1-0) held a 14-3 halftime lead thanks to Zac Dysert, who connected with Dawan Scott twice in the second quarter.

Scott scored on a 49-yard pass from Dysert less than a minute into the second and hauled in a 17-yarder less than three minutes later. Scott, a sophomore, finished with three catches for 92 yards in his first multiple touchdown game of his career.

Dysert completed 12 of 22 passes for 192 yards with one interceptions. The senior now has 52 career passing touchdowns, which is tied for 20th on the MAC's all-time list. He also passed Ben Roethlisberger in completions with 855, which is a new school record.

UMass (0-4, 0-1) scored its lone points of the first half on a Brendon Levengood 30-yard field goal early in the second quarter. A 61-yard kickoff return by Jordan Broadnax set up the try.

The RedHawks extended their lead to 21-3 after Dysert scrambled up the middle for a 7-yard TD at the 9:16 mark in the third. He rushed 12 times for 76 yards.

UMass answered with a nine-yard rushing touchdown late in the third, but Miami responded with another big play early in the fourth.

Dysert found a wide-open Spencer Treadwell, who ran 33 yards out of the backfield into the endzone to put the 'Hawks up 27-10.

Treadwell had nine carries for 31 yards, while freshman Jamire Westbrook led the team in rushing with 105 yards on 17 runs. It was the first 100-yard rushing game since Justin Semmes rushed for 100 yards against Akron on Nov. 3 last year.

The Minutemen threatened in the fourth quarter, but a junior Dayonne Nunley interception in the end zone thwarted the drive with 10:18 to play. UMass put its last points on the board with 3:21 to play off a 2-yard run by Michael Cox, putting the score at 27-16 after a failed extra point.

Miami's defense picked off three UMass passes. In additon to Nunley's interception, Justin Bowers and D.J. Brown also came up with picks. Junior linebacker Chris Wade finished with 11 tackles, including a game-high eight solo stops, while junior defensive end Wes Williams tallied 10 tackels.

Next up, Miami travels to play Akron Saturday, Sept. 29. Game time is 2 p.m.