Scores

Final

Massachusetts 28

(4-2, 2-1 MAC)

Northeastern 24

(2-4, 1-1 null)

12:00 PM ET, October 11, 2008

1 2 3 4 T
MASS 7 7 7 728
NE 7 10 7 024

Top Performers

Passing: A. Orio (NE) - 179 YDS, 1 TD

Rushing: T. Nelson (MASS) - 37 CAR, 175 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: V. Cruz (MASS) - 10 REC, 139 YDS

Massachusetts 28, Northeastern 24

Associated Press

BOSTON -- Quarterback Liam Coen's 3-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter was the difference as Massachusetts defeated Northeastern on Saturday, 28-24.

Coen's run with 6:42 remaining came after a 48-yard scoring drive that began with a 30-yard run by Tony Nelson.

Massachusetts sealed the win when Jeromy Miles' recovered a Northeastern fumble at midfield with 1:30 to play.

Nelson had 175 yards and a touchdown on 37 carries for UMass (4-2, 2-1 Colonial Athletic Association). Coen was 20-of-30 for 269 yards with one interception. Victor Cruz added 10 receptions for 139 yards for Massachusetts.

Northeastern's Alex Broomfield ran for 169 yards and a touchdown. Quarterback Anthony Orio was 10-of-19 for 179 yards, with a touchdown pass and a touchdown run.

Broomfield's 22-yard scoring run put Northeastern up 7-0 before a 1-yard run by Nelson tied it, 7-7.

Orio connected with Rob Theoudele on an 80-yard scoring strike early in the second quarter. UMass tied it on a 1-yard Zardas touchdown run with 23 seconds to play in the first half.

But Northeastern (2-4, 1-1) took a 17-14 lead at the break, covering 31 yards in 18 seconds to set up Mat Johnson's 37-yard field goal as time expired.

Chris Zardas' 2-yard scoring run early in the third gave UMass a 21-17 lead. Orio's 8-yard keeper with just over two minutes to play in the third put the Huskies back up, 24-21, before Coen's score.

Massachusetts missed two great 1st-and-goal chances in the fourth quarter, as Northeastern stopped them on downs once and then forced a fumble.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
MASS
NE
1st Downs2418
Total Yards475423
Passing265190
Rushing210233
Penalties11-1127-50
3rd Down Conversions7-147-12
4th Down Conversions2-30-1
Turnovers23
Possession34:1525:45

Passing Leaders

MassachusettsC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Coen20/302658.801
NortheasternC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Orio10/191799.410

Rushing Leaders

MassachusettsCARYDSAVGTDLG
Nelson371754.7134
Coen4194.8122
NortheasternCARYDSAVGTDLG
Broomfield271696.3131
Abelli24824.0041

Receiving Leaders

MassachusettsRECYDSAVGTDLG
Cruz1013913.9026
Talley46817.0023
NortheasternRECYDSAVGTDLG
Theoudele38929.7180
Gilmartin-Donohue23718.5026

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERMASSNE
TD12:33Alex Broomfield 22 Yd Run (Mat Johnson Kick) 07
TD06:41Tony Nelson 1 Yd Run (Armando Cuko Kick) 77
SECOND QUARTERMASSNE
TD12:25Robert Theoudele 80 Yd Pass From Anthony Orio (Mat Johnson Kick) 714
TD00:23Chris Zardas 1 Yd Run (Armando Cuko Kick) 1414
FG00:00Mat Johnson 37 Yd 1417
THIRD QUARTERMASSNE
TD09:09Chris Zardas 2 Yd Run (Armando Cuko Kick) 2117
TD02:47Anthony Orio 8 Yd Run (Mat Johnson Kick) 2124
FOURTH QUARTERMASSNE
TD06:42Liam Coen 3 Yd Run (Armando Cuko Kick) 2824