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
"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
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