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UMASS @ ARMY Game Notes

Nov. 20, 2021

12:00 p.m.

Michie Stadium at United States Military Academy, West Point, NY

Q1

Hampered by penalties, an Army drive that at one point made it inside the Massachusetts 10-yard line stalled for the Black Knights. Army senior punter Zach Harding came out to punt but fumbled on the snap and was recovered by the Minutemen at the Army 28-yard line.

Unable to cross the goal line, UMASS settled for a 45-yard field goal from redshirt freshman kicker Cameron Carson.

The drive went 0 yards on four plays, lasting 1:27.

UMass 3, ARMY 0.


The Black Knights wasted no time responding, as sophomore running back Tyrell Robinson burned the Minutemen defense on a long 87-yard touchdown run to give Army its first lead of the game.

A successful two-point conversion followed up the score, as senior running back Cade Barnard found sophomore tight end Joshua Lingenfelter in the endzone to put the Black Knights up by five early.

The drive went 89 yards on two plays, lasting 0:48.

UMass 3, ARMY 8.


Massachusetts drove the football 27 yards in 4:30 on their next drive but fumbled the football to Army senior defensive back Cedrick Cunningham Jr., who ran the football back to the UMASS 48-yard line.


Q2

The Cunningham fumble recovery set up the Black Knights in UMASS territory to begin their next drive and they didn’t waste the opportunity.

Army found the endzone on a three-yard rush by senior fullback Wilson Catoe. Army went for two again, this time converting on a pass from senior quarterback Christian Anderson to senior tight end Chris Cameron.

The drive went 48 yards on 10 plays, lasting 4:48.

UMASS 3, ARMY 16.


A 43-yard run by redshirt sophomore tight end Josiah Johnson carried UMASS all the way down to the Army 32-yard line, but the Minutemen still were unsuccessful in finding the endzone. Redshirt freshman Garrett Dzuro was intercepted by Army sophomore outside linebacker Jaylen Jacobs, who ran the football back to, again, the UMASS 48-yard line.

UMASS 3, ARMY 16.


Rushing behind Anderson, as well as sophomore running backs Anthony Adkins and Tyson Riley, Army drove all the way down to the UMASS nine-yard line but couldn’t convert on fourth down to and gave the Minutemen the football back with 6:20 left in the first half.

UMASS 3, ARMY 16.


With their newfound momentum, the Minutemen offense charged against Army, blazing for 35 yards on the ground with an Ellis Merriweather run and through the air on a 38-yard pass from Dzuro to sophomore wide receiver Tray Pettway that brought UMASS all the way to the Army 7-yard line. On fourth down, UMASS gambled and scored their first touchdown of the game on a five-yard pass from Dzuro to redshirt freshman tight end Jacob Orlando.

The drive went 91 yards on 10 plays, lasting 4:39.

UMASS 10, ARMY 16.


Following another UMASS fumble at their own 43-yard line, Army got the football back with less than half a minute to go in the first half. Unable to find the endzone, Black Knights' junior kicker Cole Talley, kicked a 33-yard field goal to put Army up by nine at halftime.

UMASS 10, ARMY 19.


Q3

Prioritizing their running game once again, the Black Knights drove strong down the field on their opening possession of the third quarter, as several runs from Anderson carried Army deep into UMASS territory. However, a chop block penalty backed Army up to the Minutemen 33-yard line. Then Army failed to convert through the air on a long 4th and 17 for their second turn over on downs for the second time in the game.

UMASS 10, ARMY 19.


After exchanging punts, the Minutemen received the football at their own 45-yard line and found early success on a 17-yard run by Merriweather on 3rd and 16, which brought UMASS to the Army 44.


Q4

Dzuro broke away for a 22-yard rush on the final quarter’s first play before Johnson found the endzone on a one-yard run just two plays later.

The drive went 55 yards on 11 plays, lasting 6:04.

UMASS 17, ARMY 19.


Tired of being pushed around on offense, Army junior running back Jakobi Buchanan bolted for 26 yards on the first play of their ensuing drive, immediately getting the Black Knights into Minutemen territory. Just six plays later, Buchanan found a hole for a 13-yard run, which carried the offense all the way to the UMASS 11. This set up a two-yard touchdown run by Buchanan, who got Army their first points of the second half.

The drive went 75 yards on 11 plays, lasting 6:30.

UMASS 17, ARMY 26.


Any chance to reclaim the momentum UMASS had was lost on the very first play of their next drive, as Cunningham picked off Dzuro at the Army 37-yard line. This would eventually lead to a 25-yard rushing touchdown by junior quarterback Tyhier Tyler and Army reclaimed their double-digit lead.

The drive went 63 yards on nine plays, lasting 4:35.

UMASS 17, ARMY 33.


UMASS would run the clock out to end the game.


FINAL SCORE: UMASS 17, ARMY 33.


Rushing:


ARMY:

Tyrell Robinson: 9 rushes, 137 yards, 1 TD

Jakobi Buchanan: 11 rushes, 84 yards, 1 TD

Tyhier Tyler: 9 rushes, 50 yards, 1 TD

Christian Anderson: 11 rushes, 46 yards, 0 TDs

Anthony Adkins: 7 rushes, 30 yards, 0 TDs

Tyson Riley: 7 rushes, 30 yards, 0 TDs

Cade Barnard: 2 rushes, 9 yards, 0 TDs

A.J. Howard: 1 rush, 7 yards, 0 TDs

Wilson Catoe: 1 rush, 3 yards, 1 TD

Zach Harding: 1 rush, -13 yards, 0 TDs


UMASS:


Ellis Merriweather: 17 rushes, 112 yards, 0 TDs

Josiah Johnson: 3 rushes, 44 yards, 1 TD

Garrett Dzuro: 11 rushes, 45 yards, 0 TDs

Jared Chisari: 4 rushes, 17 yards, 0 TDs

Cyrus Bonsu: 1 rush, 5 yards, 0 TDs

Tray Pettway: 1 rush, 0 yards, 0 TDs

Zamar Wise: 2 rushes, 4 yards, 0 TDs


Passing:


ARMY:

Christian Anderson: 12 attempts, 2 completions, 42 yards, 0 TDs, 0 INTs


UMASS:

Garrett Dzuro: 13 attempts, 7 completions, 78 yards, 1 TD, 2 INTs


Defense:


ARMY:

Leo Lowin: 10 tackles


UMASS:

Gerrel Johnson: 14 tackles