UMass Falls To James Madison, 34-17, In FCS Finale For Minutemen

Saturday marked the final FCS game for UMass at McGuirk Alumni Stadium.

RECAP: http://www.umassathletics.com/sports/m-footbl/recaps/111911aab.html
POSTGAME NOTES: http://www.umassathletics.com/sports/m-footbl/recaps/111911aaa.html
BOX SCORE: http://www.umassathletics.com/sports/m-footbl/stats/2011-2012/111911jm.html

Nov. 19, 2011

AMHERST, Mass. – Dae’Quan Smith rushed for a career-high 251 yards as No. 19 James Madison ground out a 34-17 win over UMass in the final FCS football game in McGuirk Stadium. Perry McIntyre and Darren Thellen led the Minutemen setting career highs in tackles with 17 and 14, respectively. The loss ends UMass’ 2011 season with a 5-6 record overall.

Smith’s performance on the ground was the second most for a single game in James Madison school history. The last time the Minutemen gave up a 200+ individual rushing performance was also against JMU in 2008.

Kellen Pagel was 20-of-36 for 236 yards, a touchdown and two interceptions, while Jonathan Hernandez rushed for 47 yards on 15 carries. Julian Talley pulled down six catches for 57 yards.

JMU (7-4, 5-3 CAA) got on the scoreboard early with a one-yard rush from Jordan Anderson. On the ensuing UMass possession, Mike Allen picked off a Pagel pass and returned it 44 yards for the score, putting the Dukes up 14-0 with 8:46 remaining in the first.

UMass (5-6) was able to get on the board as Ryan Carter picked up a JMU fumble after a punt his a Dukes returner on the heel. The Minutemen were able to convert on a 20 yard field goal by Brandon Yelovich.

JMU was able to stretch their lead when they converted on a 25 yard field goal by Cameron Stark, and then Scott’s first of two rushing touchdowns giving the Dukes a 24-3 advantage going into half.

The Minutemen got on the board first coming out of the half, as Alan Williams scored his first career rushing touchdown. He finished the day with six rushes for 20 yards.

Following the kickoff, Scott took the ball 76 yards from the line-of-scrimmage all the way to the endzone putting JMU up, 31-10.

JMU went on to score the game’s final points on a field goal following a nine-yard touchdown pass from Pagel to Blanchflower.

The Minutemen closed out their 46th year at McGuirk Stadium with a record of 172-79-2. They will now call Gillette Stadium their home as they enter the 2012 season as a member of the FBS Mid-American Conference.

POSTGAME NOTES:
Julian Talley finished his UMass career with a reception in 29 consecutive games dating back to Oct. 9, 2009. Only four times in his career has he been held without a catch.

Alan Williams scored his first career touchdown on an 11-yard touchdown run in the third quarter.

Dae’Quan Scott’s 76-yard touchdown run for James Madison is the longest rush UMass has allowed on the season.

Rob Blanchflower recorded his first touchdown of the season on a 9-yard pass from Kellen Pagel.

James Madison rushed for 386 yards, marking the first time UMass has allowed 300 rushing yards since playing at New Hampshire and allowing 326 yards on 11/15/08.

JMU’s Dae’Quan Scott rushed for 251 yards, marking the first time UMass has allowed a player to rush for over 200 yards since 2008, the last being JMU’s
Rodney Landers with 206 on 9/13/08.

Darren Thellen posted a new career high in tackles with 14.

Perry McIntyre tallied a new career high in tackles with 17.

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