AMHERST, Mass., Sporting Alert — Mistake-prone Georgia Southern remains winless this season after falling 55-20 to UMass in college football action on Saturday.
Bilal Ally, who carried the ball 16 times, ran for a career-high 116 yards and career-best three touchdowns for UMass (1-6), which was recording its first win of the season after making a 0-6 start to the season.
Ross Comis went 12 of 16 on completed passes and threw touchdowns passes of 1, 68 and 26 yards to Adam Breneman, Andy Isabella and Jessie Britt in the first quarter for the Minutemen (1-6).
Andrew Ford, who also played at quarterback, had a 43-yard scoring pass and threw for 157 yards, while Marquis Young ran for 101 yards and a score for UMass, which tallied 670 yards total and had the ball for 34:08.
Kado Brown rushed for two scores for Georgia Southern, which trailed 21-0 midway through the first quarter and 48-17 at halftime.
Mark Michaud had two catches for 88 yards, including a 71-yard gain on the first offensive snap of the game for the Eagles, who fumbled the ball on the UMass 3.
“It was a good example of what happened for the rest of the night. We had an opportunity to get out of the gate well,” GA Southern head coach Tyson Summers said.
“It was a good play call and executed well until the end where we didn’t finish well enough.
“What should have been us being up 7-0 goes to not being able to get stops on third down to us being down 7-0, and we didn’t do a good job of slowing them down the rest of the night.”
Malik Henry had a catch for 55 yards and Kado Brown carried the ball 12 times for 62 yards for GA Southern, which fell to 0-6 this season.
Georgia Southern lost three fumbles in the first quarter.
“A lot of the penalties are things we’ve talked about repeatedly and worked on in practice, but obviously they aren’t getting cleaned up, and that’s on me. We’ve got to do better,” Summers said.