Scores

Final

Hofstra 14

(4-8, 2-6 null)

Massachusetts 28

(7-5, 4-4 MAC)

2:30 PM ET, November 22, 2008

1 2 3 4 T
HOF 7 7 0 014
MASS 21 0 0 728

Top Performers

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

Massachusetts 28, Hofstra 14

Associated Press

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.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
HOF
MASS
1st Downs2116
Total Yards355315
Passing15279
Rushing203236
Penalties1-51-5
3rd Down Conversions8-134-9
4th Down Conversions2-21-2
Turnovers51
Possession34:1025:50

Passing Leaders

HofstraC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Probst16/241526.302
MassachusettsC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Coen13/18794.421

Rushing Leaders

HofstraCARYDSAVGTDLG
Benjamin16805.0122
Probst11655.9114
MassachusettsCARYDSAVGTDLG
Nelson282047.3261
Zardas5459.0021

Receiving Leaders

HofstraRECYDSAVGTDLG
Dennis55511.0025
Benjamin33812.7016
MassachusettsRECYDSAVGTDLG
Sanford3258.3013
Nelson3165.3012

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERHOFMASS
TD10:08Tony Nelson 1 Yd Run (Armando Cuko Kick) 07
TD08:37Tony Nelson 1 Yd Run (Armando Cuko Kick) 014
TD03:43Everette Benjamin 11 Yd Run (Roger Williams Kick) 714
TD00:07Ian Jorgensen 8 Yd Pass From Liam Coen (Armando Cuko Kick) 721
SECOND QUARTERHOFMASS
TD07:20Steve Probst 2 Yd Run (Roger Williams Kick) 1421
FOURTH QUARTERHOFMASS
TD09:49Chris Zardas 1 Yd Pass From Liam Coen (Armando Cuko Kick) 1428