UMASS 30, APPALACHIAN STATE 27
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AMHERST — Logan Laurent kicked a 36-yard field goal in the second overtime to lift UMass over Appalachian State, 30-27, on Saturday.
Laurent made a 47-yard field goal in the first quarter, and his 45-yarder with five seconds left in regulation tied it at 20.
Marquis Young had a 10-yard touchdown run for UMass (2-6) in the first overtime. Appalachian State (5-3) answered with Taylor Lamb’s 20-yard TD pass to Ike Lewis.
Ali Ali-Musa forced Daetrich Harrington to fumble the ball on the Mountaineers’ first play in the second OT. Bryton Barr recovered the ball, and Laurent made the game-winning kick four plays later.
“I am really happy for the kids and happy for everybody involved with the program,” UMass coach Mark Whipple said. “We’ve been close. I thought there was, obviously, a lot of resiliency. We just kept fighting at the end. I didn’t know it would go into overtime, but the way Appalachian State had played they were right there at the end, they just found ways to win. Our guys finally found a way to win in a tight game.’’
Young ran for a 95-yard touchdown in the second quarter, and finished with 132 yards on 15 carries.
UMass led, 17-14 at halftime, gets a 1-yard run from Nick Orekoya, Laurent’s 47-yard field goal, and Young’s burst down the sideline.
Andrew Ford started at quarterback and was 9-of-12 for 110 yards with one interception before he left the game because of injury.
Ross Comis stepped under center and finished the game 11 of 20 for 80 yards while he added 48 yards on the ground. Comis also had a statistical rarity as he caught his own pass for an 8-yard gain when an Appalachian State player batted a pass into the air that Comis caught on the way down.
“There was no doubt in my mind after Andrew got knocked out that we were going to win that game,” Barr said. “It was very emotional to all of us on the sideline, and everyone was all in. Coming out of halftime we had a fire deep within us, and there was no doubt that we were going to win.”
Chandler Staton hit two second-half field goals, the second a 30-yarder with 4:42 to go to give the Mountaineers the lead.
Comis and the Minutemen took over at their 20 with 1:50 left down, 20-17.
Comis found Andy Isabella for three consecutive first-down conversions that moved UMass to its 46. The drive stalled at the Appalachian State 27, but Laurent was able to drill the 45-yarder to force OT.
“We missed Logan Laurent early in the year and now he’s healthy,” Whipple said. “He had been kicking the ball well, so it was great to get him back.’’
Lamb was 14-of-28 passing for 133 yards with two touchdowns. Malik Williams added 125 yards rushing for the Mountaineers.
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