Not much to say about this one. The Minutemen were due for a shellacking this season, but I don’t think many fans would’ve circled Louisiana Tech as the suspect two months ago. The Bulldogs entered the match up with a 3-3 record but their potent air attack combined with the Minutemen’s weak secondary was a mismatch waiting to happen. UMass went toe to toe with LA Tech until the Bulldogs pulled away in the 3rd on a touchdown that was the result of the most blatant non-call offensive pass interference in the history of football. The Minutemen continue to be plagued by injuries on the defensive side of the ball, so expect opposition offenses to continue to roll.
Player of the Game??
Carlos Henderson. No, he’s not a new player on the UMass roster, but this week’s POTG goes to LA Tech’s standout wide receiver. The dude finished with 326 yards and FIVE (5!!) touchdowns. I’ll ignore the fact that one of them never should have been allowed due to the aforementioned offensive pass interference.
Talk about a plummet. Both Caggiano and Laurent missed field goals in this game, so the Kicker-ometer drops all the way down to “Billy Cundiff” level for the first time this year. That makes UMass 1-for-4 on the year in the field goal department. It might take a successful 50-yarder to dig the kickers out of this hole next week.
The Minutemen head to Columbia, South Carolina to take on the University of South Carolina Gamecocks on Saturday at 11 AM Eastern (9 AM for my Mountain people). The Gamecocks are 2-4 with their only victories coming against Vanderbilt and East Carolina. UMass has shown they can compete with SEC teams this season, but a win on the road will be tough to come by. Roll Tide.