(4-8, 2-6 CAA)
(7-5, 4-4 MAC)
2:30 PM ET, November 22, 2008
McGuirk Stadium, AMHERST, MA
Passing: L. Coen (MASS) - 79 YDS, 2 TD, 1 INT
Rushing: T. Nelson (MASS) - 28 CAR, 204 YDS, 2 TD
Receiving: C. Dennis (HOF) - 5 REC, 55 YDS
AMHERST, Mass. -- Tony Nelson ran for two touchdowns and a career-high 204 yards to lead Massachusetts to a 28-14 win over Hofstra on Saturday.
Nelson also set up the Minutemen's final score with a 61-yard run in the fourth quarter. Liam Coen passed to Chris Zardas for the final yard, marking the only scoring in the second half.
UMass (7-5, 3-4 Colonial Athletic Association) led 21-14 at halftime.
A pair of fumbles by Everette Benjamin cost Hofstra (4-8, 2-6 CAA) scoring chances in the fourth quarter. The last one went through the end zone for a touchback.
UMass went ahead 14-0 as it scored on its first two possessions. The Minutemen traveled 74 yards in nine plays, with Nelson going over from the one.
Less than two minutes later, they went the short route, picking up a Hofstra fumble on the 15. Nelson then carried 14 yards to the one, then hit the end zone to give his team its 2-touchdown lead.
Hofstra finally got on the board, completing a 66-yard drive as Everette Benjamin ran the last 11 for a score.
With 7 seconds left in the first quarter, UMass went up 21-7 on an 8-yard pass from Coen to Ian Jorgensen.
The Pride got within a touchdown before intermission on a 2-yard run by quarterback Steve Probst.