Saturday was a great day for a football game. Autumn in Foxboro on a crisp November afternoon is tremendous. The Minutemen came out strong. But an impressive opening drive ended in no points, when the officials decided not to review a close TD run.
On that run, one official (on the near side) called it a touchdown and the other official (on the far side) did not. Inexplicably, the officials went with the call from the more distant referee.
Although UMass played tough and took a 13-0 lead into half, there was no doubt in my mind that those 7 points would be sorely missed.
The defense, once again, played well. Good enough to win, for sure. At times the offense finally looked decent again. However, it was the truly anemic run game that likely cost the team the game. The offensive line gave the team of running backs no chance. Luckily, the o-line — although not great — was not nearly as bad when Wegzyn dropped back to pass.
This team is only several key plays away from having 4 wins (Miami, Ohio, Akron and Buffalo). Although it doesn’t mean anything to most — to those of us watching every move Molnar and company make — that’s rather impressive.
It’s a short, short week coming up. Central Michigan has to spend the Thanksgiving break traveling east to Foxboro. It ever there was chance to take it to a team, the Minutemen have that chance this week. One tough thing, though. Central Michigan is playing for a .500 record and bowl eligibility.
UMass hosts the Chippewas Friday at 3pm.