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UMass turns close game against KSU into 40-17 blowout win over the final minutes

By Stephanie Storm Published: October 11, 2014

The University of Massachusetts snapped a 0-6 streak with its first win of the season Saturday afternoon, a 40-17 victory over Kent State that sent the reeling Golden Flashes to their sixth consecutive defeat of their winless season. 

Despite starting and playing the entire game on an injured right ankle, sophomore quarterback Colin Reardon appeared to keep the Flashes (0-6, 0-3 in the Mid-American Conference) in the game until the closing minutes. His 34-yard scamper set up a final drive with five minutes remaining, pulling the host as close as the Flashes 24 yard-line before kicker Anthony Melchiori’s 37-yard field goal attempt was blocked by linebacker Kassan Messiah to preserve a 10-point deficit, 27-17.

Suddenly, the close morphed into a blowout over the final minutes, as the Minutemen (1-6, 1-2) ensured the win when running back Lorenzo Woodley ran for a 10-yard touchdown to put Kent State behind by two touchdowns.

The Minutemen removed all doubt just nine seconds later, when a Reardon pass was intercepted and returned for 34 yards for another insurance score by defensive back Jackson Porter. The fact that the ensuing extra point was no good mattered little by then, however.

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