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Massachusetts 40, Hofstra 30

AMHERST, Mass. (AP) -- Tim Day threw the go-ahead touchdown pass
and finished with 344 passing yards as Massachusetts defeated
Hofstra 40-30 on Saturday in the Atlantic 10 Conference finale for
both teams.

Day's 56-yard pass in to Jason Peebler in the fourth quarter put
the Minutemen (6-5, 4-4 Atlantic 10) ahead for good, 33-30. A few
minutes later, with 2:35 to play, UMass' R.J. Cobbs intercepted a
pass and ran 43 yards for a touchdown for the final score of the
game.

Day completed 22 of 36 passes for four touchdowns.

Hofstra (5-6, 3-5 Atlantic 10) led 14-13 at halftime.

UMass opened scoring in the game with less than five minutes to
go in the first quarter as Day passed to Peebler for a 9-yard
touchdown, capping a 10-play, 68-yard drive.

Day's passing got the Minutemen a 13-0 lead in the second
quarter, although he ran it in for the last yard of that scoring
drive.

Hofstra then drove 77 yards in 12 plays to start its comeback.
Anton Clarkson ran 23 yards to put his team on the scoreboard.

Five minutes later, Clarkson used a pair of passes to wide
receiver Devale Ellis to give the Pride its 14-13 advantage at the
half. The scoring pass to Ellis went for 6 yards.