1971 UMass Redmen football team

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1971 UMass Redmen football
Yankee Conference Champions
Conference Yankee Conference
1971 record 4–4–1 (3–1–1 YC)
Head coach Dick MacPherson
Home stadium Warren McGuirk Alumni Stadium (17,000)
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The 1971 UMass Redmen football team represented the University of Massachusetts Amherst in the 1971 college football season as a member of the Yankee Conference in the NCAA's College Division. The team was coached by Dick MacPherson and played its home games at Warren McGuirk Alumni Stadium in Amherst, Massachusetts. The 1971 season was the last in which Massachusetts was named the "Redmen," as the university would change the nickname of all athletic teams to the "Minutemen" due to changing attitudes regarding the use of Native American-themed mascots in sports. It was also the first season of Dick MacPherson's tenure as head coach. UMass finished the season with a record of 4–4–1 overall and 3–1–1 in conference play.


Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 18 at Maine Orono, ME W 13–0   4,800
September 25 Dartmouth* Alumni StadiumAmherst, MA L 7–31   16,700
October 9 Boston University* Alumni Stadium • Amherst, MA L 21–47   6,100
October 16 Rhode Island Alumni Stadium • Amherst, MA L 3–31   13,500
October 23 at Connecticut Memorial StadiumStorrs, CT T 3–3   14,386
October 30 Vermont Alumni Stadium • Amherst, MA W 24–15   7,000
November 6 Holy Cross* Alumni Stadium • Amherst, MA W 38–27   14,500
November 13 at New Hampshire Cowell StadiumDurham, NH W 38–20   11,762
November 20 at Boston College* Alumni StadiumChestnut Hill, MA L 0–35   25,311
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from Coaches' Poll released prior to game.


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