Scores

Final

Massachusetts 24

(1-0, 1-0 away)

Holy Cross 16

(0-1, 0-1 home)

8:00 PM ET, September 1, 2011

Fitton Field, Worcester, MA

1 2 3 4 T
UMASS 7 7 3 724
HC 0 9 0 716

Top Performers

Passing: R. Taggart (HC) - 246 YDS, 1 TD

Rushing: J. Hernandez (UMASS) - 29 CAR, 151 YDS

Receiving: J. Julmiste (UMASS) - 6 REC, 61 YDS, 1 TD

UMass 24, Holy Cross 16

Associated Press

WORCHESTER, Mass. -- Kellen Pagel threw for two touchdowns and Jonathan Hernandez rushed for 156 yards to lead Massachusetts past Holy Cross 24-16 on Thursday night in the season opener for both teams.

Hernandez, who finished with 29 carries, put the game away in the fourth quarter. With the Minutemen nursing an eight point lead, he gained 40 yards on six consecutive carries. He also caught a 15-yard pass from quarterback Pagel to put the Minutemen inside the Crusaders four-yard line.

Pagel threw a short pass to Julian Talley, giving the Minutemen a 24-9 lead with 7:51 remaining and effectively taking the Crusaders out of the game.

Holy Cross quarterback Ryan Taggert threw for 246 yards and one touchdown.

The win marked the ninth straight victory for the Minutemen over the Crusaders.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
UMASS
HC
1st Downs1618
Total Yards314321
Passing134246
Rushing18075
Penalties5-425-30
3rd Down Conversions3-143-15
4th Down Conversions0-02-2
Turnovers12
Possession33:4026:20

Passing Leaders

MassachusettsC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Pagel10/161046.520
Holy CrossC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Taggart23/442465.610

Rushing Leaders

MassachusettsCARYDSAVGTDLG
Hernandez291515.2017
Williams6203.306
Holy CrossCARYDSAVGTDLG
Woods9455.0021
Taggart9151.719

Receiving Leaders

MassachusettsRECYDSAVGTDLG
Julmiste66110.2117
Blanchflower22914.5016
Holy CrossRECYDSAVGTDLG
Mistretta35518.3121
Smith44310.8014

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERUMASSHC
TD05:48Emil Igwenagu 1 Yd Run (Brendon Levengood Kick) 70
SECOND QUARTERUMASSHC
FG13:30Paul Tearson 44 Yd 73
TD10:42Jesse Julmiste 10 Yd Pass From Kellen Pagel (Brendon Levengood Kick) 143
TD06:59Ryan Taggart 3 Yd Run (Pat Failed) 149
THIRD QUARTERUMASSHC
FG12:55Brendon Levengood 25 Yd 179
FOURTH QUARTERUMASSHC
TD07:51Julian Talley 4 Yd Pass From Kellen Pagel (Jamal Wilson Kick) 249
TD00:51Gerald Mistretta 19 Yd Pass From Ryan Taggart (Paul Tearson Kick) 2416