Scores

Final

Rhode Island 27

(0-2, 0-2 away)

Massachusetts 36

(2-0, 1-0 home)

6:30 PM ET, September 17, 2011

1 2 3 4 T
URI 7 0 14 627
UMASS 6 3 7 2036

Top Performers

Passing: S. Probst (URI) - 279 YDS, 4 TD, 2 INT

Rushing: J. Hernandez (UMASS) - 32 CAR, 167 YDS, 2 TD

Receiving: A. Baskerville (URI) - 4 REC, 134 YDS, 1 TD

UMass 36, Rhode Island 27

Associated Press

AMHERST, Mass. -- Kirk Nelms' 80-yard interception return for a touchdown highlighted a 20-0 fourth-quarter run as Massachusetts rallied for a 36-27 victory over Rhode Island on Saturday night.

In the Colonial Athletic Association opener for both teams, UMass (2-0) trailed 21-16 after three quarters. Quarterback Kellen Pagel scored on an 8-yard run to give the Minutemen the lead for good and Nelms electrified the home crowd with his 80-yard return of a Steve Probst pass. Probst threw for 279 yards and four touchdowns, but the second of his two interceptions cost the Rams (0-2) dearly.

With 1:58 left, Julian Talley caught a 22-yard pass from Pagel for UMass' last touchdown. Pagel finished 21 of 32 for 259 yards and an interception. Following a Rhode Island touchdown with 32 seconds left, UMass recovered an onside kick. Jonathan Hernandez had his second 100-yard game, carrying 32 times for 188 yards and two touchdowns for Massachusetts.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
URI
UMASS
1st Downs1124
Total Yards335460
Passing279259
Rushing56201
Penalties4-468-60
3rd Down Conversions4-147-17
4th Down Conversions1-11-1
Turnovers23
Possession23:3336:27

Passing Leaders

Rhode IslandC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Probst14/292799.642
MassachusettsC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Pagel21/322598.112

Rushing Leaders

Rhode IslandCARYDSAVGTDLG
Baskerville22613.0020
Johnson7213.0017
MassachusettsCARYDSAVGTDLG
Hernandez321675.2222
Julmiste11515.0015

Receiving Leaders

Rhode IslandRECYDSAVGTDLG
Baskerville413433.5183
Johnson-Farrell45413.5118
MassachusettsRECYDSAVGTDLG
Talley810813.5122
Hernandez24924.5055

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERURIUMASS
TD10:16Jonathan Hernandez 3 Yd Run (Pat Blocked) 06
TD00:00Anthony Baskerville 83 Yd Pass From Steve Probst (Louis Feinstein Kick) 76
SECOND QUARTERURIUMASS
FG00:11Brendon Levengood 24 Yd 79
THIRD QUARTERURIUMASS
TD08:53Jonathan Hernandez 15 Yd Run (Brendon Levengood Kick) 716
TD06:33Billy Morgan 48 Yd Pass From Steve Probst (Louis Feinstein Kick) 1416
TD00:58Ty Bynum 39 Yd Pass From Steve Probst (Louis Feinstein Kick) 2116
FOURTH QUARTERURIUMASS
TD11:44Kellen Pagel 8 Yd Run (Two-Point Pass Conversion Failed) 2122
TD07:36Kirk Nelms 80 Yd Interception Return (Brendon Levengood Kick) 2129
TD01:58Julian Talley 22 Yd Pass From Kellen Pagel (Brendon Levengood Kick) 2136
TD00:32Brandon Johnson-Farrell 18 Yd Pass From Steve Probst (Pat Failed) 2736