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Massachusetts 31, Rhode Island 17

11/22/2003

AMHERST, Mass. (AP) -- Jeff Krohn threw two touchdown passes to
Jason Peebler as Massachusetts beat Rhode Island 31-17 in the
teams' regular season finale on Saturday.

Krohn completed 15-of-24 passes for 219 yards for playoff-bound
Massachusetts (10-2, 8-1 Atlantic 10). Peebler caught five passes
for 65 yards.

Rhode Island, which lost six of its last seven games, ended 4-8
overall and 3-6 in the conference.

Massachusetts led 31-14 at halftime, but never scored again. The
only points in the second half came on a 33-yard field goal by
Rhode Island's Shane Laisle early in the third quarter.

Massachusetts took a 14-0 lead in the first quarter on a 5-yard
run by Steve Baylark, and a 28-yard scoring pass from Krohn to
Peebler. Rhode Island bounced back with a 93-yard drive capped by
Calvin Poole's 9-yard run.

Massachusetts put the game away before halftime after Rich
Demers scored on a 30-yard scoring run, Michael Torres hit a
26-yard field goal and Peebler caught a 10-yard touchdown
reception.

Rhode Island's Keith Brown caught a 40-yard scoring pass from
Jayson Davis to make it 31-14 with just over a minute left in the
half.

Rhode Island finished with 345 yards rushing to set an Atlantic
10 single season rushing record with 3,971 yards.

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