2003 UMass Minutemen football team

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2003 UMass Minutemen football
UMassMinutemen wordmark.svg
A10 Champions
NCAA Division I-AA First Round vs. Colgate, L 7–19
Conference Atlantic 10 Conference
2003 record 10–3 (8–1 A-10)
Head coach Mark Whipple
Home stadium Warren McGuirk Alumni Stadium (17,000)
Seasons
« 2002 2004 »

The 2003 UMass Minutemen football team represented the University of Massachusetts Amherst in the 2003 NCAA Division I-AA football season as a member of the Atlantic 10 Conference. The team was coached by Mark Whipple and played its home games at Warren McGuirk Alumni Stadium in Amherst, Massachusetts. The 2003 season was Whipple's last with UMass. He left to take the position of quarterbacks coach with the NFL's Pittsburgh Steelers after the season. It was a successful year for Whipple and the Minutemen as they returned to the NCAA Division I-AA playoffs for the first time since 1999 by virtue of winning the A-10 Conference championship. UMass finished the season with a record of 10–3 overall and 8–1 in conference play.

Schedule[edit]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 6, 2003 1:00 PM Central Connecticut State* McGuirk StadiumAmherst, MA W 51–7   8,360
September 13, 2003 1:00 PM at #7(AP) Kansas State* #10 KSU StadiumManhattan, KS L 7–38   46,102
September 20, 2003 6:00 PM at #16 Maine #12 Alfond StadiumOrono, ME W 24–16   7,316
September 27, 2003 1:00 PM James Madison #10 McGuirk Stadium • Amherst, MA W 31–26   10,196
October 4, 2003 1:00 PM New Hampshire #9 McGuirk Stadium • Amherst, MA W 44–30   7,085
October 11, 2003 1:00 PM at William & Mary #7 Zable StadiumWilliamsburg, VA W 24-14   4,868
October 18, 2003 12:30 PM Hofstra*dagger #6 McGuirk Stadium • Amherst, MA CN8 W 27-22   7,323
October 25, 2003 3:30 PM at #2 Villanova #5 Villanova StadiumVillanova, PA FSNE W 19–14   9,125
November 1, 2003 12:30 PM Northeastern #4 McGuirk Stadium • Amherst, MA CSTV W 28–24   7,106
November 8, 2003 12:00 PM Richmond #4 McGuirk Stadium • Amherst, MA W 30–17   6,167
November 15, 2003 12:15 PM at #6 Delaware #3 Delaware StadiumNewark, DE FSNE L 45–51 3OT  21,804
November 22, 2003 12:00 PM Rhode Island #7 McGuirk Stadium • Amherst, MA W 31–17   7,087
November 29, 2003 12:45 PM at #6 Colgate* #5 Andy Kerr StadiumHamilton, NY (NCAA Division I-AA First Round) L 7–19   4,197
*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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