Scores

Final

Albany 16

(0-1, 0-1 away)

Massachusetts 28

(1-0, 1-0 home)

6:00 PM ET, August 30, 2008

1 2 3 4 T
ALBY 9 0 7 016
UMASS 0 14 7 728

Top Performers

Passing: L. Coen (UMASS) - 92 YDS, 3 TD

Rushing: T. Nelson (UMASS) - 20 CAR, 171 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: D. McCarty (ALBY) - 4 REC, 72 YDS, 1 TD

Massachusetts 28, Albany, N.Y. 16

Associated Press

AMHERST, Mass. (AP) -- Massachusetts' tailback Tony Nelson rushed for 171 yards on 20 carries and added a two-yard touchdown catch in his first collegiate start to lead the Minutemen past Albany, 28-16, Saturday.

Albany had the Minutemen on their heels early, taking a 9-0 lead on a touchdown pass from Vinny Esposito to David McCarty and a fumbled punt return for a safety in the first quarter.

But Liam Coen threw a pair of 2-yard touchdown passes to Ian Jorgenson and Nelson in the second to give UMass a 14-9 lead at intermission.

Nelson broke a tackle at the line of scrimmage on the second play of the second half and raced 64 yards for a touchdown that put the Minutemen up 21-9.

Coen, UMass' senior quarterback, completed 10-of-20 passes -- but three of those completions went for touchdowns.

Josh Jennings had a game-high 13 tackles. McCarty had 24 carries for 125 yards and a touchdown for Albany (0-1) -- his seventh straight game in triple digits -- and caught four passes for 72 yards and a touchdown.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
ALBY
UMASS
1st Downs00
Total Yards353307
Passing17292
Rushing181215
Penalties7-757-83
3rd Down Conversions6-175-13
4th Down Conversions1-21-1
Turnovers20
Possession30:3529:25

Passing Leaders

AlbanyC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Esposito16/301725.712
MassachusettsC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Coen10/20924.630

Rushing Leaders

AlbanyCARYDSAVGTDLG
McCarty241255.2124
Simmons8415.1013
MassachusettsCARYDSAVGTDLG
Nelson201718.6164
Coen3206.708

Receiving Leaders

AlbanyRECYDSAVGTDLG
McCarty47218.0152
Miles24824.0043
MassachusettsRECYDSAVGTDLG
Horne4379.3117
Talley12020.0020

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERALBYUMASS
TD12:07David McCarty 52 Yd Pass From Vinny Esposito (Herb Glass Kick)
Drive: 8 plays, 80 yds, 2:53
70
SF06:48Ball Through End Zone 90
SECOND QUARTERALBYUMASS
TD11:39Ian Jorgensen 2 Yd Pass From Liam Coen (Armando Cuko Kick)
Drive: 14 plays, 79 yds, 7:03
97
TD06:38Tony Nelson 2 Yd Pass From Liam Coen (Armando Cuko Kick)
Drive: 7 plays, 35 yds, 2:50
914
THIRD QUARTERALBYUMASS
TD14:01Tony Nelson 64 Yd Run (Armando Cuko Kick)
Drive: 2 plays, 70 yds, :59
921
TD00:07David McCarty 24 Yd Run (Herb Glass Kick)
Drive: 8 plays, 55 yds, 3:10
1621
FOURTH QUARTERALBYUMASS
TD11:12Jeremy Horne 17 Yd Pass From Liam Coen (Armando Cuko Kick)
Drive: 9 plays, 65 yds, 3:55
1628