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.
Jason Peebler had five catches for 144 yards.