|Date of game: 10/4/2014
Recap: Miami-Ohio vs. Massachusetts
Oxford, OH (SportsNetwork.com) - Andrew Hendrix amassed 437 yards and four touchdowns through the air as the Miami-Ohio RedHawks rallied from 21 points down in the second half to pull off a 42-41 comeback victory over the Massachusetts Minutemen in a Mid-American Conference thriller at Yager Stadium.
Hendrix completed 32-of-58 pass attempts and also paced the RedHawks (1-5, 1-1 MAC) with 91 yards on the ground. Rokeem Williams led Miami with 133 receiving yards, while true freshman Sam Martin pulled down eight catches for 111 yards and a Yager Stadium record four touchdowns. The win snapped a 21-game losing streak for Miami, which was the longest in the FBS coming into the week.
UMass (0-6, 0-2) came up short despite a solid showing by Blake Frohnapfel, who finished with 389 yards on 35-of-59 passing efficiency and four touchdowns, all of which came in the first half. Shadrach Abrokwah produced 128 yards and a score on 25 carries, while Tajae Sharpe tallied 154 yards on nine receptions. Abrokwah, Jean Sifrin, Rodney Mills and Marken Michel all registered one touchdown catch apiece for the Minutemen.
The Minutemen took an early lead, as Frohnapfel completed an 18-yard touchdown pass to Michel at the 9:31 mark of the first frame. UMass regained possession at its own 29-yard line with just under seven minutes remaining in the first period, and continued the success it displayed on its opening drive. Frohnapfel led the visitors to three first downs before connecting with Shadrach Abrokwah on a three-yard touchdown pass on 3rd-and-goal.
Miami finally put some points on the board at the 13:15 point of the second frame, as Hendrix completed a 30-yard touchdown pass to Martin. UMass wasted no time making it a two-possession game once again though, as Khary Bailey Smith returned the ensuing kickoff 93 yards for a touchdown.
The RedHawks answered right back, as they produced a six-play, 65-yard drive that lasted just 1:19 and resulted in Martin's second touchdown reception.
UMass then pulled away with 20 unanswered points. Frohnapfel completed his third touchdown pass of the first half to Sifrin at the 9:50 mark of the third quarter to conclude a 72-yard drive. The Minutemen regained possession on the kickoff after the score, as Adam Richard forced a fumble when tackling returner Fred McRae and Bailey-Smith jumped on the loose ball. Frohnapfel connected with Mills two plays later. Blake Lucas missed his extra-point attempt, leaving the visitors a 34-14 lead with 9:42 left before the intermission.
Miami's offense managed to venture to within a yard of the Minutemen's goal line on its next possession, however UMass managed to prevent the RedHawks from punching it as Hendrix's pass on 4th-and-goal fell incomplete.
Despite starting their next drive pinned back against their own end zone, Frohnapfel and company found a way to engineer another scoring drive. Sharpe made a clutch 21-yard reception on 4th-and-6 to keep the drive alive before Abrokwah finished it off with a six-yard rushing score.
The RedHawks fired back with an 8-play, 68-yard drive that ended with a 19- yard touchdown grab by Martin. The third connection for six points between Hendrix and Martin sent Miami into the intermission trailing, 41-21.
The hosts began to storm back with 2:33 left in the third stanza when Jared Murphy scored on a three-yard run.
UMass began the final frame with a promising drive as it powered its way into Miami's red zone. However, a holding penalty pushed the Minutemen back 10 yards and they were unable to convert a 4th-and-22 to keep the drive intact. On the Minutemen's next possession, Frohnapfel was intercepted by Marshall Taylor, who returned the pick to mid-field to set up Miami's offense with solid starting field position for the next drive.
Hendrix took advantage as he made it a one-possession game with 6:16 remaining in regulation, as he completed a 16-yard touchdown pass to Martin.
UMass once again made a costly mistake, as Abrokwah fumbled when being tackled by Tre Clifton. Jarrell Jones secured the loose ball, setting up the RedHawks' offense at the Minutemen's 45-yard line with just under five minutes on the game clock.
Hendrix completed three consecutive passes to move the ball to the UMass 1- yard line, then he rushed across the goal line to put the RedHawks in front, 42-41.
Trailing for the first time in the contest, the Minutemen hurt themselves with a pair of holding penalties that set up 3rd-and-20. On a trick play, tight end Todd Stafford was intercepted by Miami's Heath Harding with 2:19 left to play.
UMass managed to force a three-and-out, but used its two remaining timeouts to insure a final chance. The Minutemen nearly pulled off a miraculous drive to end the game, as they went from their own 20-yard line into Miami's red zone in under a minute. Frohnapfel completed a 26-yard pass to Mills as time winded down to move the ball to the RedHawks' 6-yard line.
Instead of attempting a field goal with Lucas, who missed an extra-point attempt earlier in the game and also potential game-tying 22-yard field goal try in the closing seconds at Vanderbilt on Sept. 13, UMass tried to regain the lead with a touchdown.
Frohnapfel completed a pass to Abrokwah, but the tailback was stopped two yards short of the goal line and time expired with the RedHawks clinging to the one-point lead.
The Minutemen have now lost 12 in a row dating back to their 17-10 win over Miami last season. UMass is 2-16 in MAC play since entering the conference prior to the 2012 campaign.Game Notes