Recap: Massachusetts vs. Eastern Mich
Foxboro, MA (SportsNetwork.com) - Shadrach Abrokwah registered for rushing touchdowns as the Massachusetts Minutemen completed a 36-14 rout of the Eastern Michigan Eagles in a Mid-American Conference matchup at Gillette Stadium.
Abrokwah finished with 135 yards on 24 carries for UMass (2-6, 2-2 MAC), which notched its second win in a row after six consecutive losses to begin the campaign. Blake Frohnapfel completed 28-of-51 passes for 337 yards with one interception, while Tajae Sharpe reeled in a game-high 13 catches for 193 yards.
For EMU (2-5, 1-2), Reginald Bell, Jr hit on 10-of-21 passes for 147 yards and two touchdowns with one interception. Tyreese Russell made three grabs for 41 yards, including a 32-yard touchdown grab. Great Ibe anchored the Eagles' defensive unit with 21 total tackles, including 1.5 stops behind the line of scrimmage.
The Minutemen got off to a great start, as they drove 83 yards on 10 plays to break into EMU's red zone after receiving the opening kickoff. On the 11th play of the drive, Abrokwah broke away for a 17-yard touchdown run that gave UMass a 7-0 advantage on the scoreboard.
The Eagles responded and evened the score on the ensuing drive, as Bell, Jr. connected with Russell for a score to conclude EMU's first drive of the contest.
Abrokwah scored his second touchdown of the contest on a 16-yard scamper across the goal line with 1:25 remaining in the first frame. Logan Laurent's extra-point attempt was no good, leaving UMass with a 13-6 lead.
The Minutemen made it a two-possession game with 10:31 remaining before the intermission, as Lorenzo Woodley rushed two yards for a touchdown.
Bell, Jr. found a wide-open Bronson Hill for a 34-yard touchdown pass on the Eagles' next drive to reduce EMU's deficit down to six points, but UMass reeled off 10 consecutive points to close out the half.
Abrokwah tacked on his third rushing touchdown of the game at the 5:25 point of the second period with a four-yard run into the end zone. UMass took a 30-14 lead into the break after Lauren converted a 31-yard field goal try as time expired in the second quarter.
The only score of the third quarter came courtesy of Abrokwah, who concluded a seven-play, 58-yard drive with a powerful four-yard run up the middle across the goal line. Lauren recorded his second missed extra-point try after Abrokwah's fourth rushing score.
Neither side managed to post any points in the fourth stanza.
UMass outgained the Eagles, 562-280, in total yards of offense. The Minutemen moved the chains 34 times, compared to just 11 first downs by EMU.Game Notes