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1998 UMass Minutemen football team

The 1998 UMass Minutemen football team represented the University of Massachusetts Amherst in the 1998 NCAA Division I-AA football season as a member of the Atlantic 10 Conference. The team was coached by Mark Whipple and played its home games at Warren McGuirk Alumni Stadium in Hadley, Massachusetts. 1998 was the most successful season in Minutemen history, as UMass won their first National Championship in the NCAA DI-AA playoffs in Whipple's first year with the team. UMass entered the postseason as champions of the A-10, but were not expected to make a serious run for the title. They reached the final game ranked 12th in the nation, and were matched up with perennial powerhouse Georgia Southern, the top ranked team in the country. The Minutemen rushed out of the gates, scoring three touchdowns in the opening quarter, and won the shootout by a final score of 55–43. UMass finished the season with a record of 12–3 overall and 6–2 in conference play.

1998 UMass Minutemen football
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NCAA Division I-AA national champion
A-10 champion
Lambert Cup winner
ConferenceAtlantic 10 Conference
DivisionNew England Division
1998 record12–3 (6–2 A-10)
Head coachMark Whipple (1st season)
Defensive coordinatorDon Brown (1st season)
Home stadiumWarren McGuirk Alumni Stadium (17,000)
Seasons
← 1997
1999 →
1998 Atlantic 10 Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
New England
#9 Connecticut x^   6 2         10 3  
#1 UMass x^   6 2         12 3  
Maine   3 5         6 5  
New Hampshire   3 5         4 7  
Rhode Island   2 6         3 8  
Mid-Atlantic
#10 Richmond x$^   7 1         9 3  
#23 Delaware   4 4         7 4  
Villanova   4 4         6 5  
#17 William & Mary   4 4         7 4  
Northeastern   3 5         5 6  
James Madison   2 6         3 8  
  • $ – Conference champion
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
  • ^ – Division I-AA playoff participant
Rankings from The Sports Network I–AA Poll

ScheduleEdit

DateTimeOpponentRankSiteTVResultAttendance
September 37:00 p.m.at No. 3 DelawareL 30–3320,744
September 121:00 p.m.at RichmondW 22–1710,219
September 261:00 p.m.Buffalo*W 51–2711,672
October 312:00 p.m.at No. 5 Hofstra*W 40–355,308
October 101:00 p.m.James MadisonNo. 24
  • McGuirk Stadium
  • Hadley, MA
W 28–2614,202
October 171:30 p.m.at ConnecticutNo. 18L 41–448,581
October 241:00 p.m.Villanova No. 19
  • McGuirk Stadium
  • Hadley, MA
W 36–2612,135
October 3112:30 p.m.at New HampshireNo. 16W 27–263,578
November 712:00 p.m.at Rhode IslandNo. 12W 23–135,036
November 1412:30 p.m.MaineNo. 10
  • McGuirk Stadium
  • Hadley, MA
W 55–3410,355
November 2112:30 p.m.Connecticut*No. 7
  • McGuirk Stadium
  • Hadley, MA (rivalry)
L 27–2816,392
November 287:00 p.m.at McNeese State*No. 12
W 21–1911,349
December 512:00 p.m.Lehigh*No. 12
  • McGuirk Stadium
  • Hadley, MA (NCAA Division I-AA Quarterfinals)
W 27–2112,108
December 122:00 p.m.at Northwestern State*No. 12
W 41–3110,424
December 192:00 p.m.vs. No. 1 Georgia Southern*No. 12
ESPNW 55–4317,501
  • *Non-conference game
  •  Homecoming
  • Rankings from [[1998 NCAA Division I-A football rankings#the FCS Sports Network Poll,[1] unless otherwise noted Poll|the FCS Sports Network Poll,[1] unless otherwise noted Poll]] released prior to the game
  • All times are in Eastern time

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