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2012 UMass Minutemen football team

The 2012 UMass Minutemen football team represented the University of Massachusetts Amherst in the 2012 NCAA Division I FBS football season as a member of the Mid-American Conference. The team was coached by Charley Molnar and played its home games at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts.

2012 UMass Minutemen football
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ConferenceMid-American Conference
DivisionEast Division
2012 record1–11 (1–7 MAC)
Head coachCharley Molnar (1st season)
Offensive coordinatorMike Kruczek (1st season)
Defensive coordinatorPhil Elmassian (1st season)
Home stadiumGillette Stadium
(Capacity: 68,756)
Seasons
← 2011
2013 →
2012 Mid-American Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
East Division
Kent State x   8 0         11 3  
Bowling Green   6 2         8 5  
Ohio   4 4         9 4  
Buffalo   3 5         4 8  
Miami   3 5         4 8  
UMass   1 7         1 11  
Akron   0 8         1 11  
West Division
No. 22 Northern Illinois x$   8 0         12 2  
Toledo   6 2         9 4  
Ball State   6 2         9 4  
Central Michigan   4 4         7 6  
Western Michigan   2 6         4 8  
Eastern Michigan   1 7         2 10  
Championship: Northern Illinois 44, Kent State 37
  • $ – Conference champion and BCS representative as top non-AQ school to meet automatic qualification criteria
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
  • UMass not eligible for conference title or bowl game as part of FBS transition
Rankings from AP Poll

The 2012 season was the team's first as a member of the MAC, as they continued their transition to NCAA Division I FBS play. Because of this, they were ineligible to participate in the conference championship.

However, according to an August 2, 2012 ruling by the NCAA UMass would have been eligible to participate in a bowl game if they achieved at least 6 wins, and there were not enough spots to fill all bowl games.[1]

The 2012 season was Charley Molnar's first as head coach of the Minutemen, previously serving as Offensive Coordinator of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish.

The team would finish the season with a record of 1–11 overall with a Conference record of 1–7 which placed them in 6th place in the MAC East Division. At the end of the season three players were selected to All-MAC teams. Senior linebacker Perry McIntyre was named to the All-MAC First Team Defense, while senior safety Darren Thellen earned Second Team accolades. Punter Colter Johnson, a junior, was also honored as a Third Team selection.

Contents

ScheduleEdit

DateTimeOpponentSiteTVResultAttendance
August 307:30 p.m.at Connecticut*SNY/ESPN3L 0–3735,270
September 83:30 p.m.Indiana*ESPN3L 6–4516,304
September 153:30 p.m.at No. 17 Michigan*BTNL 13–63110,708
September 2212:00 p.m.at Miami (OH)ESPN+L 16–2715,159
September 293:30 p.m.Ohio
  • Gillette Stadium
  • Foxborough, MA
ESPN3L 34–378,321
October 62:00 p.m.at Western MichiganL 14–5215,671
October 2012:00 p.m.Bowling Green 
  • Gillette Stadium
  • Foxborough, MA
L 0–2410,846
October 277:00 p.m.at Vanderbilt*SECRN/NESNL 7–4932,227
November 33:30 p.m.at Northern IllinoisL 0–6311,114
November 102:00 p.m.at AkronW 22–147,716
November 173:00 p.m.Buffalo
  • Gillette Stadium
  • Foxborough, MA
L 19–2912,649
November 233:00 p.m.Central Michigan
  • Gillette Stadium
  • Foxborough, MA
L 21–426,385
  • *Non-conference game
  •  Homecoming
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game
  • All times are in Eastern time

[2]

Game summariesEdit

@ UConnEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Minutemen 0 0 0 0 0
Huskies 7 13 7 10 37
Overall record Last meeting Result
36–33–2 1999 UMass, 62–20

IndianaEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Hoosiers 21 17 0 7 45
Minutemen 6 0 0 0 6
Overall record Last meeting Result
First meeting

@ MichiganEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Minutemen 0 13 0 0 13
#17 Wolverines 14 28 14 7 63
Overall record Last meeting Result
0–1 2010 Michigan, 42–37

@ Miami (Ohio)Edit

1 2 3 4 Total
Minutemen 0 3 7 6 16
RedHawks 0 14 7 6 27
Overall record Last meeting Result
First meeting

OhioEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Bobcats 3 17 0 17 37
Minutemen 10 7 10 7 34
Overall record Last meeting Result
First meeting

Western MichiganEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Minutemen 0 7 0 7 14
Broncos 7 21 21 3 52
Overall record Last meeting Result
First meeting

Bowling GreenEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Falcons 7 0 14 3 24
Minutemen 0 0 0 0 0
Overall record Last meeting Result
First meeting

@ VanderbiltEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Minutemen 0 0 0 7 7
Commodores 7 14 28 0 49
Overall record Last meeting Result
First meeting

@ Northern IllinoisEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Minutemen 0 0 0 0 0
Huskies 14 21 21 7 63
Overall record Last meeting Result
First meeting

@ AkronEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Minutemen 3 12 0 7 22
Zips 0 0 7 7 14
Overall record Last meeting Result
First meeting

BuffaloEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Bulls 0 0 14 15 29
Minutemen 3 10 6 0 19
Overall record Last meeting Result
5–4 1998 UMass, 51–27

Central MichiganEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Chippewas 7 7 14 14 42
Minutemen 0 14 7 0 21
Overall record Last meeting Result
First meeting

Team players selected in the 2013 NFL DraftEdit

Player Position Round Overall Selection NFL Team
Michael Cox Running Back 7 253 New York Giants

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on August 3, 2012. Retrieved August 23, 2017.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ http://www.umassathletics.com/sports/m-footbl/spec-rel/092711aab.html

External linksEdit

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