AMHERST, Mass. (AP) -- Steve Baylark rushed for a career-high 235
yards and scored two touchdowns as Massachusetts overcame an early
10-point deficit to win its fifth straight game, 41-16 over Rhode
Island on Saturday.
Liam Coen completed 14 of 19 passes for 176 yards and two
touchdowns as the Minutemen (6-1, 4-0 Atlantic 10) fell behind
13-3, but scored 28 consecutive points to take a 31-13 halftime
Massachusetts' Tony Nelson fumbled the opening kickoff and three
plays later Rhode Island's Joe Casey scored on a 9-yard run less
than two minutes into the game. Casey led the Rams (2-5, 0-4) with
136 yards rushing.
Chris Koepplin kicked a 26-yard field goal for the Minutemen
with 8:34 left in the first quarter, but Derek Cassidy scored on a
1-yard run to give the Rams a 13-6 lead with 6:16 left in the
quarter. The touchdown was set up by a 59-yard pass play from
Cassidy to Jimmy Hughes.
Baylark capped an eight-play, 70-yard drive with a 2-yard run
with 2:18 left in the first quarter, then Coen threw 9-yard TD pass
to Brandon London and a 23-yard scoring pass to Rasheed Rancher in
the second quarter. Brandon Smith also scored on a 21-yard fumble
recovery in the second.
Baylark scored on an 8-yard run in the third quarter that put
Massachusetts up 38-13.
Rhode Island was held to Colin Gallagher's 21-yard field goal in
the second half.
South Carolina football players will wear stickers on their helmets this season to honor the nine people who died in a shooting at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston this past June.
Joey Counts scored on a 1-yard run on fourth-and-goal with 2 seconds left to give Montana a 38-35 victory over four-time defending FCS champion North Dakota State on Saturday.
Transfer Vernon Adams will be the starting quarterback when Oregon begins its season against Eastern Washington on Sept. 5.
Tim Beckman is threatening legal action after Illinois fired him as football coach Friday amid allegations of influencing medical decisions and pressuring players to play hurt.
LSU offensive coordinator Cam Cameron revealed in a post-practice news conference that he has been treated for prostate cancer but plans to coach this season.
Washington has found its starting quarterback, but coach Chris Petersen said the Huskies will keep that information under wraps until Friday's season opener at No. 23 Boise State.