Scores

Final

Massachusetts 49

(6-3, 3-2 MAC)

Rhode Island 0

(2-8, 0-6 CAA)

12:00 PM ET, November 1, 2008

Meade Stadium, Kingston, RI

1 2 3 4 T
MASS 14 21 7 749
URI 0 0 0 00

Top Performers

Passing: L. Coen (MASS) - 241 YDS, 3 TD

Rushing: T. Nelson (MASS) - 12 CAR, 65 YDS, 2 TD

Receiving: V. Cruz (MASS) - 7 REC, 129 YDS, 2 TD

Massachusetts 49, Rhode Island 0

Associated Press

KINGSTON, R.I. -- Liam Coen threw three touchdown passes, including two scores to Victor Cruz, to lead Massachusetts to a 49-0 rout over Rhode Island on Saturday.

Coen was 15-of-17 for 241 yards for Massachusetts (6-3, 3-2 Colonial Athletic Association). Coen's 88.2 percent completion rate was the second-best single game performance in school history.

Cruz finished with seven receptions for 129 yards.

Rhode Island quarterback Derek Cassidy completed 13-of-24 passes for 185 yards and two interceptions.

Massachusetts put the game away early, jumping to a 35-0 halftime lead. UMass averaged 7.2 yards per play for the game, compared to just 3.2 for Rhode Island (2-8, 0-6).

Tony Nelson opened the scoring less than three minutes into the first quarter with a 2-yard run. Nelson, who finished with 65 yards on 12 carries, scored again on a 13-yard run that gave UMass a 14-0 first quarter lead.

Coen found Chris Zaerdas with a 2-yard touchdown pass in the opening minutes of the second quarter. Coen then hit Victor Cruz for a 2-yard score, increasing the lead to 28-0. UMass linebacker Josh Jennings closed out the first half scoring when he picked off a Cassidy pass and ran 40 yards for a touchdown.

Coen and Cruz connected again early in the third quarter on a 35-yard touchdown that finished the scoring.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
MASS
URI
1st Downs1915
Total Yards383212
Passing286193
Rushing9719
Penalties9-785-63
3rd Down Conversions6-105-15
4th Down Conversions1-11-3
Turnovers03
Possession25:1434:46

Passing Leaders

MassachusettsC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Coen15/1724114.230
Rhode IslandC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Cassidy13/241857.702

Rushing Leaders

MassachusettsCARYDSAVGTDLG
Nelson12655.4214
Davis8273.418
Rhode IslandCARYDSAVGTDLG
Hughes17553.2011
Ferrer4112.808

Receiving Leaders

MassachusettsRECYDSAVGTDLG
Cruz712918.4235
Horne48621.5035
Rhode IslandRECYDSAVGTDLG
Bellini36521.7032
Smalls14747.0047

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERMASSURI
TD12:18Tony Nelson 2 Yd Run (Armando Cuko Kick) 70
TD05:36Tony Nelson 13 Yd Run (Armando Cuko Kick) 140
SECOND QUARTERMASSURI
TD13:11Chris Zardas 2 Yd Pass From Liam Coen (Armando Cuko Kick) 210
TD06:12Victor Cruz 4 Yd Pass From Liam Coen (Armando Cuko Kick) 280
TD05:20Josh Jennings 40 Yd Interception Return (Armando Cuko Kick) 350
THIRD QUARTERMASSURI
TD13:10Victor Cruz 35 Yd Pass From Liam Coen (Armando Cuko Kick) 420
FOURTH QUARTERMASSURI
TD06:31Korrey Davis 8 Yd Run (Armando Cuko Kick) 490