1978 UMass Minutemen football team

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1978 UMass Minutemen football
Yankee Conference Champions
Lambert Cup Winners
Conference Yankee Conference
1978 record 9–4 (5–0 YC)
Head coach Bob Pickett
Home stadium Alumni Stadium (17,000)
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The 1978 UMass Minutemen football team represented the University of Massachusetts Amherst in the 1978 NCAA Division I-AA football season as a member of the Yankee Conference. The team was coached by Bob Pickett and played its home games at Alumni Stadium in Amherst, Massachusetts. The 1978 season was the first after the NCAA split Division 1 football into two subdivisions, and the first that featured a postseason playoff for Division I-AA. The Minutemen reached this inaugural championship game, losing to Florida A&M by only one score. UMass finished the season with a record of 9–4 overall and 5–0 in conference play.


Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 15 Villanova* Alumni StadiumAmherst, MA L 21–25   8,800
September 23 at Maine Alumni Stadium • Orono, ME W 40–6   7,200
September 30 at Harvard* Harvard StadiumBoston, MA L 0–10   12,200
October 7 Morgan State* Alumni Stadium • Amherst, MA W 38–6   6,700
October 14 at Boston University Nickerson FieldBoston, MA W 31–7   3,570
October 21 at Rhode Island Meade StadiumKingston, RI W 19–17   7,995
October 28 Connecticut Alumni Stadium • Amherst, MA W 17–10   14,200
November 4 Rutgers* Alumni Stadium • Amherst, MA L 11–21   9,800
November 11 at Holy Cross* Fitton FieldWorcester, MA W 33–8   20,614
November 18 New Hampshire Alumni Stadium • Amherst, MA W 34–7   11,300
November 25 Boston College* Alumni Stadium • Amherst, MA W 27–0   7,950
December 9 at Nevada* Mackay StadiumReno, NV (NCAA Division I-AA Semifinals) W 44–21   14,026
December 16 vs. Florida A&M* Memorial StadiumWichita Falls, TX (NCAA Division I-AA Championship/Pioneer Bowl) L 28–35   13,604
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from the FCS Sports Network Poll,[1] unless otherwise noted. All times are in Eastern Time.


  1. ^ The Sports Network. "The Sports Network - Football Championship Subdivision". Archived from the original on 2012-02-17. Retrieved 2012-02-16. 

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