No. 19 UMass Crushes Delaware State 51-0

Sept. 4, 2004

Postgame Notes: No. 19 UMass 51, Delaware State 0

• No. 19 UMass opened its 2004 season with a 51-0 victory at Delaware State in Dover.

• It was the largest opening season shutout win in school history and the largest margin of victory in a season opener, breaking the record of 50-0 set vs. Cooper Union in both 1931 and 1932.

• UMass has won its last three season openers by a combined total of 154-10 following the 2002 win over Central Connecticut, 52-3; in 2003 also over CCSU, 51-7 and today, 51-0.

• UMass last posted a shutout in a season opener in 1975 when they blanked Maine, 10-0 under 2004 UMass Hall of Famer Dick McPherson.

• It was UMass' 25th all-time shutout in a season opener, the former largest shutout was 50-0 over Cooper Union in both 1931 and 1932.

• Day set a school record for completion percentage in a game at 89 percent on 17-of-19, which breaks the school record of 80 percent set by Greg Landry in 1965 and equaled by Gary Wilkos in 1990. Both were 8-for-10.


• Day's 80-yard pass to Peebler was the longest of his career. The last pass play of 80 yards or more came when Jeff Krohn hit Jimmie Howard for a 97-yard bomb on Oct. 25, 2003 at Villanova.

• QB Tim Day surpassed his single-game career high for passing yards less than 19 minutes into the game, as his 14-yard TD pass to Jason Peebler gave him 139 yards. His previous high was 136 at New Hampshire on Nov. 9, 2002.

• Day had a near-perfect first half as he completed 15-of-16 passes for 283 yards and four touchdowns. The yards total more than doubled his previous career high in a game (136).

• Day's four TDs in the first half, was one short of the school record for TD's in an entire game, five, set on four occasions,

• Jason Peebler moved from seventh to fourth on the UMass career receiving yards list, as he now has 1563 behind only Adrian Zullo who had 2892 from 1998-2002 and Chip Mitchell had 1680 from 1986-89. Peebler passed by No. 6 Steve Schubert (1435 in 1970-72) and No. 5 Tim Berra (1486 in 1971-73) .

• Peebler's 80-yard TD reception in the second quarter put him over the 100-yard barrier for the fifth time in his career. His career high is

• Mike Douglas hauled in the first TD of the season for UMass, a nine-yard reception from Tim Day with 5:18 left in the first quarter. For Douglas, it was his second career touchdown, his last coming at Delaware last season.

• Brandon Freeman scored his first career TD as he recovered a blocked punt in the Delaware State end zone early in the third quarter. The last UMass blocked put for a TD came in the last game of last season, when James Ihedigbo blocked and returned a punt for a TD vs. Colgate in the 2003 NCAA Playoffs.

• Bryan Smith scored his first career TD on a 37-yard run midway through the third quarter.

• UMass was whistled for a school-record 20 penalties, including 14 in the first half. Ironically, the old school record of 16 was set in the only other game vs. Delaware State in 1980.

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Jason Peebler had five catches for 144 yards.
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