FOXBORO, Mass. – The Miami University football team dropped a 17-10 decision to the University of Massachusetts on Saturday night inside Gillette. The contest was the first under interim head coach Mike Bath.
UMass got on the board first, scoring from 22 yards out when A.J. Doyle found Elgin Long in the middle of the field to take a 7-0 lead with 5:51 left in the first. Massachusetts tried to extend their lead, but a 54-yard field-goal attempt went wide left as the RedHawks took over at their own 36-yard line.
Seven plays and 64 yards later, senior quarterback Austin Boucher found senior tight end Steve Marck in the flat for a 13-yard touchdown with 13:20 left in the second quarter to knot the score at 7-7.
The Minutemen threatened to reclaim the lead at the end of the half, but junior defensive back Chrishawn Dupuy came up with a huge interception on the RedHawks’ 2-yard line to end the second quarter.
After forcing a Massachusetts punt to begin the second half, the RedHawks drove 54 yards on 12 plays to set up a 45-yard field goal by sophomore Kaleb Patterson to give Miami a 10-7 lead midway through the third quarter.
Moments later, UMass looked to have thrown its third interception of the afternoon, but instead the ball ricocheted off the hands of senior defensive back Dayonne Nunley and into the arms of tight end Rob Blanchflower for a 47-yard touchdown. The Minutemen would reclaim the lead at 14-10 with 3:17 left in the third quarter.
UMass would tack on a 25-yard field goal early in the fourth quarter for the final score of the game.
Miami had a season-high 290 yards of offense, finishing the game with 19 first downs, also a season-best.
Boucher was 14-of-34 passing for 166 yards and one touchdown and three interceptions in the contest.
Junior wide receiver Dawan Scott led Miami in both rushing (55) and receiving (58) yards. Freshman wide receiver Jared Murphy made his first career start, ending the contest with four receptions for 38 yards.
Defensively, sophomore linebacker Kent Kern had his fourth double-digit tackling performance of the season, finishing the game with 10 stops.
The RedHawks had a season-best 11.0 tackles for loss, led by senior linebacker Chris Wade (2.0).
Miami will face Akron next weekend (Oct. 19) inside Yager Stadium. Opening kick is slated for 1 p.m.