Scores

Final

Cent Conn St 26

(2-4, 1-2 NEC)

Massachusetts 42

(3-2, 1-1 MAC)

6:00 PM ET, October 8, 2011

1 2 3 4 T
CCSU 7 6 7 626
MASS 10 12 6 1442

Top Performers

Passing: B. Hill (MONM) - 169 YDS, 1 TD

Rushing: G. Jespersen (CCSU) - 18 CAR, 93 YDS, 2 TD

Receiving: E. Igwenagu (MASS) - 4 REC, 99 YDS, 1 TD

UMass 42, CCSU 26

Associated Press

AMHERST, Mass. -- A defensive stop on a two-point conversion attempt and two long touchdown returns gave Massachusetts a 42-26 victory Saturday over Central Connecticut State.

The Minutemen (3-2) broke a two-game losing streak on spectacular, fourth-quarter plays by Jesse Julmiste and Darren Thellen. Quarterback Gunnar Jespersen had pulled Central Connecticut (2-4) within 28-26 on a short touchdown pass to tight end Raul DeBenendittis. The two-point conversion attempt failed. Then Julmiste returned the ensuing kickoff 90 yards for a touchdown.

On the next Blue Devils possession, Jespersen was picked off by Thellen. He returned his second interception of the evening 85 yards for a touchdown. Those 14 unanswered points spoiled an otherwise good night for Jespersen, who also ran for 93 yards and two touchdowns.

In his second start, UMass quarterback Brandon Hill hit Emil Igwenagu for a 58-yard touchdown. Jonathan Hernandez rushed for two TDs.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
CCSU
MASS
1st Downs2514
Total Yards359339
Passing152169
Rushing207170
Penalties1-159-97
3rd Down Conversions10-203-11
4th Down Conversions2-51-2
Turnovers20
Possession35:2924:31

Passing Leaders

Central Connecticut StateC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Jespersen14/311524.912
MassachusettsC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Hill10/181699.410

Rushing Leaders

Central Connecticut StateCARYDSAVGTDLG
Jespersen18935.2233
Tolbert17653.8112
MassachusettsCARYDSAVGTDLG
Hernandez20753.8224
Talley16969.0069

Receiving Leaders

Central Connecticut StateRECYDSAVGTDLG
Baker49624.0041
Jones4297.309
MassachusettsRECYDSAVGTDLG
Igwenagu49924.8158
Blanchflower33411.3016

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERCCSUMASS
FG09:51Brendon Levengood 20 Yd 03
TD06:02Gunnar Jespersen 1 Yd Run (Juan Duque Kick) 73
TD01:23Jonathan Hernandez 2 Yd Run (Brendon Levengood Kick) 710
SECOND QUARTERCCSUMASS
SF14:54Ball Through End Zone 712
TD13:10Emil Igwenagu 58 Yd Pass From Brandon Hill (Brendon Levengood Kick) 719
FG08:44Brendon Levengood 35 Yd 722
TD00:57Chris Tolbert 12 Yd Run (Pat Failed) 1322
THIRD QUARTERCCSUMASS
TD08:27Jonathan Hernandez 24 Yd Run (Pat Blocked) 1328
TD05:03Gunnar Jespersen 1 Yd Run (Juan Duque Kick) 2028
FOURTH QUARTERCCSUMASS
TD08:46Raul DeBenendittis 4 Yd Pass From Gunnar Jespersen (Two-Point Conversion Failed) 2628
TD08:32Jesse Julmiste 90 Yd Kickoff Return (Brendon Levengood Kick) 2635
TD01:33Darren Thellen 85 Yd Interception Return (Brendon Levengood Kick) 2642