TOWSON, Md. (AP) -- Liam Coen tied a school record with five
touchdown passes, four to Brandon London, and Massachusetts blanked
Towson 35-0 on Saturday.
Steve Baylark caught a touchdown pass and ran for 102 yards for
the Minutemen (5-1, 3-0 Atlantic 10), who have won three straight.
Baylark's 24-yard scamper in the fourth quarter pushed him over
4,000 career rushing yards, making him the third player in school
history to surpass that milestone.
The Tigers (4-2, 1-2), who lost their second consecutive game,
played without quarterback Sean Schaefer, who sat out with an
unspecified illness. Schaefer was replaced by an ineffective Andrew
Goldbeck, who was 14-for-23 for 101 yards.
Coen was 21-for-27 for 303 yards as the Minutemen rolled up 466
yards of total offense. London caught seven passes for 100 yards,
and his four TD receptions also matched a UMass record.
Towson wasted a scoring opportunity late in the first quarter
after John Webb recovered Coen's fumble at the Massachusetts
10-yard line. Chris DeSautels' 24-yard field goal attempt was wide
right, and Coen then marched the Minutemen 80 yards, capped by a
3-yard touchdown pass to London 2:01 into the second quarter.
After forcing the Tigers to punt on the ensuing possession, Coen
engineered a 50-yard drive, hitting Baylark for a 22-yard TD on
Brandon Collier recovered a fumble by Towson's Rasheed McClaude
on the first possession of the second half, and UMass needed only
three plays to move 63 yards for a 21-0 lead. Coen found London on
an inside slant, and London dragged two tacklers the final 7 yards
of his 20-yard scoring reception.
Coen and London hooked up on a 34-yard TD pass with 9:30 left in
regulation and an 8-yard strike with 6:14 to go.