Massachusetts 26

(5-6, 3-4 away)

Northeastern 22

(3-6, 2-2 home)

12:00 PM ET, November 6, 2004

1 2 3 4 T
UMASS 7 6 7 626
NE 10 9 0 322

Top Performers

Passing: T. Day (UMASS) - 187 YDS, 2 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: S. Baylark (UMASS) - 29 CAR, 181 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: B. London (UMASS) - 5 REC, 61 YDS, 1 TD

Massachusetts 26, Northeastern 22

BROOKLINE, Mass. (AP) -- Tim Day threw two touchdown passes on Saturday to give Massachusetts a 26-22 win over Northeastern in the first meeting between the teams since Don Brown left the Huskies to coach the Minutemen.

Northeastern players felt betrayed and officials were angered by the move, claiming Brown was under contract and the Massachusetts athletic department had been denied permission to talk to him.

The issue ended up in court and UMass reimbursed Northeastern $150,000 and Brown was required to sit out the first three games of the season.

"This is a game between two great schools and let's keep it that way," Brown said. "Any emotions should be on the playing field among the players. I respect my players as well as the NU players I coached the past few years."

Day completed 17 of 31 passes for 187 yards, including a 5-yard scoring pass to Brandon London and a 23-yard touchdown strike to Jason Peebler.

The Minutemen (5-5, 3-4 Atlantic 10) trailed 22-20 early in the fourth quarter, but Steve Baylark scored the winning touchdown on a 1-yard run with 10:07 to play, capping a 70-yard drive. Baylark carried 29 times for 181 yards.

Northeastern (3-6, 2-4), which lost its fourth straight game, was led by Maurice Murray with 104 yards rushing and a touchdown. Miro Kesic kicked three field goals and linebacker Liam Ezekiel made seven tackles to bring his career total 481, an NCAA Division 1-AA record.