DARTMOUTH, Mass. – The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth football team had Framingham State on its heels in the first half, but the Rams erupted to outscore the Corsairs 21-7 in the final two quarters to take the Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) tilt 34-14 on Senior Day at Cressy Field.
Score: UMass Dartmouth 14 | Framingham State 34
Records: UMass Dartmouth (2-6, 2-4 MASCAC) | Framingham State (7-1, 5-1 MASCAC)
How it Happened
The Rams began the contest in control, forcing a three-and-out on the first drive of the game from the Corsairs. On their opening offensive drive, the visitors marched 66 yards on eight plays, finishing it when junior Will Cowdrey (Marlborough, Mass.) powered in from a yard out for the opening score.
Early in the second quarter, Framingham State needed just four plays to up the ante when Napoleon Miller (Boston, Mass.) hauled in a 32-yard pass from Adam Wojenski (Stratford, Conn.) to make it 13 unanswered points.
With 8:53 left until halftime, the Corsair offense got into rhythm with a six-play drive to get their first points on the board. The touchdown came when freshman Stephen Gacioch (Tiverton, R.I.) punched it into the end zone despite contact, picking up his third rushing score of the year.
Cowdrey widened the lead for the Rams, earning his second touchdown of the game, when he caught a pass by the far sideline before bursting up the seam for a 28-yarder to give his team the 20-7 lead.
After another touchdown reception from Miller made it a 20-point deficit, UMass Dartmouth inched closer as senior Michael Slaughter, Jr. (Springfield, Mass.) punctuated an 11-play series, pushing the pile for a 2-yard score to log his third rushing touchdown in the last two weeks.
Framingham State had the last say in the contest with 12:41 left as junior Nasir Thomas (Springfield, Mass.) pulled in his second touchdown of the year, needing just one play to do so to regain the 20-point lead.
Inside the Numbers
- Senior linebacker Marvey Mathurin (Woburn, Mass.) tied program's all-time career record for tackles for loss with one on Saturday. He is now tied with former teammate Derek Tarpey '16 with 44 on his career.
- UMass Dartmouth outdid the Rams offensively, logging 368 total yards to Framingham's 245. The Corsairs also held the advantage in time of possession, using 33:07 minutes of the clock throughout the game.
- Out of the 90 plays called by UMass Dartmouth, 53 stood on the ground with the Corsairs besting the Rams 175 to 74 in rushing yards.
- Quarterback Jace Pena (Providence, R.I.) went onto complete 12-of-20 passes for 113 yards. Sophomore Abbi Bamgbose (Worcester, Mass.) was the team's leading receiver with 88 yards on nine receptions.
- Slaughter, Jr. went over 100 yards in the third-straight week, carrying the ball 30 times to finish the game with 123 yards (4.1 per rush).
- The Corsairs defensive front tied a season-high with four sacks. Mathurin and senior Raziel Pena-Vargas (Lynn, Mass.) each brought the quarterback down once, and finished with eight and six tackles respectively to lead the team.
- Framingham State draws the all-time series with the Corsairs even at eight wins apiece since 1988.
UMass Dartmouth hits the road in its final two contests of the season, taking on Mass. Maritime at Clean Harbors next Saturday at 12:00 P.M. Framingham State will go up against Western Connecticut on the same day at noon in a battle of one-loss squads.