1979 UMass Minutemen football team

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1979 UMass Minutemen football
Yankee Conference Champions
Conference Yankee Conference
1979 record 6–4 (4–1 YC)
Head coach Bob Pickett
Home stadium Alumni Stadium (17,000)
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The 1979 UMass Minutemen football team represented the University of Massachusetts Amherst in the 1979 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 Minutemen came into the 1979 season on the heels of an appearance in the inaugural I-AA National Championship Game. Despite the high expectations, the team was still able to repeat as Yankee Conference Champions, though they did not earn a postseason berth. UMass finished the season with a record of 6–4 overall and 4–1 in conference play.


Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 15 at Villanova* Villanova StadiumPhiladelphia, PA L 7–35   8,500
September 22 Maine Alumni StadiumAmherst, MA W 38–14   3,990
September 29 at Harvard* Harvard StadiumBoston, MA W 20–7   15,000
October 6 North Carolina Central* Alumni Stadium • Amherst, MA W 48–7   7,400
October 13 at Boston University Alumni Stadium • Amherst, MA W 20–6   10,800
October 20 Rhode Island Alumni Stadium • Amherst, MA W 24–0   13,500
October 27 at Connecticut Memorial StadiumStorrs, CT L 0–24   10,677
November 10 Holy Cross* Alumni Stadium • Amherst, MA L 18–20   6,300
November 17 at New Hampshire Cowell StadiumDurham, NH W 29–0   8,750
November 24 at Boston College* Alumni StadiumChestnut Hill, MA L 3–41   28,475
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from the FCS Sports Network Poll,[1] unless otherwise noted. All times are in Eastern Time.


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