2012 UMass Minutemen football team

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2012 UMass Minutemen football
UMassMinutemen wordmark.svg
Conference Mid-American Conference
East Division
2012 record 1–11 (1–7 MAC)
Head coach Charley Molnar (1st year)
Offensive coordinator Mike Kruczek (1st year)
Defensive coordinator Phil Elmassian (1st year)
Home stadium Gillette Stadium
(Capacity: 68,756)
Seasons
« 2011 2013 »
2012 Mid-American Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
East
Kent State x   8 0         11 3  
Bowling Green   6 2         8 5  
Ohio   4 4         9 4  
Buffalo   3 5         4 8  
Miami   3 5         4 8  
UMass   1 7         1 11  
Akron   0 8         1 11  
West
#22 Northern Illinois x   8 0         12 2  
Toledo   6 2         9 4  
Ball State   6 2         9 4  
Central Michigan   4 4         7 6  
Western Michigan   2 6         4 8  
Eastern Michigan   1 7         2 10  
Championship: Northern Illinois 44, Kent State 37
† – Conference champion and BCS representative as top
000non-AQ school to meet automatic qualification criteria
x – Division champion/co-champions
  • UMass not eligible for conference title or bowl game as part of FBS transition
    Rankings from AP Poll

The 2012 UMass Minutemen football team represented the University of Massachusetts Amherst in the 2012 NCAA Division I FBS football season as a member of the Mid-American Conference. The team was coached by Charley Molnar and played its home games at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts.

The 2012 season was the team's first as a member of the MAC, as they continued their transition to NCAA Division I FBS play. Because of this, they were ineligible to participate in the conference championship.

However, according to an August 2, 2012 ruling by the NCAA UMass would have been eligible to participate in a bowl game if they achieved at least 6 wins, and there were not enough spots to fill all bowl games.[1]

The 2012 season was Charley Molnar's first as head coach of the Minutemen, previously serving as Offensive Coordinator of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish.

The team would finish the season with a record of 1–11 overall with a Conference record of 1–7 which placed them in 6th place in the MAC East Division. At the end of the season three players were selected to All-MAC teams. Senior linebacker Perry McIntyre was named to the All-MAC First Team Defense, while senior safety Darren Thellen earned Second Team accolades. Punter Colter Johnson, a junior, was also honored as a Third Team selection.

Schedule[edit]

Date Time Opponent Site TV Result Attendance
August 30 7:30 PM at Connecticut* Rentschler FieldEast Hartford, CT (The U Game) SNY/ESPN3 L 0–37   35,270
September 8 3:30 PM Indiana* Gillette StadiumFoxborough, MA ESPN3 L 6–45   16,304
September 15 3:30 PM at #17 Michigan* Michigan StadiumAnn Arbor, MI BTN L 13–63   110,708
September 22 12:00 PM at Miami (OH) Yager StadiumOxford, OH ESPN+ L 16–27   15,159
September 29 3:30 PM Ohio Gillette Stadium • Foxborough, MA ESPN3 L 34–37   8,321
October 6 2:00 PM at Western Michigan Waldo StadiumKalamazoo, MI L 14–52   15,671
October 20 12:00 PM Bowling Greendagger Gillette Stadium • Foxborough, MA L 0–24   10,846
October 27 7:00 PM at Vanderbilt* Vanderbilt StadiumNashville, TN SECRN/NESN L 7–49   32,227
November 3 3:30 PM at Northern Illinois Huskie StadiumDeKalb, IL L 0–63   11,114
November 10 2:00 PM at Akron InfoCision StadiumAkron, OH W 22–14   7,716
November 17 3:00 PM Buffalo Gillette Stadium • Foxborough, MA L 19–29   12,649
November 23 3:00 PM Central Michigan Gillette Stadium • Foxborough, MA L 21–42   6,385
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from Coaches Poll released prior to game. All times are in Eastern Time.

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Game notes[edit]

@ UConn[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Minutemen 0 0 0 0 0
Huskies 7 13 7 10 37
Overall record Last meeting Result
36–33-2 1999 UMass, 62–20


Indiana[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Hoosiers 21 17 0 7 45
Minutemen 6 0 0 0 6
Overall record Last meeting Result
0-0 First Meeting N/A


@ Michigan[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Minutemen 0 13 0 0 13
#17 Wolverines 14 28 14 7 63
Overall record Last meeting Result
0-1 2010 Michigan, 42–37


@ Miami (Ohio)[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Minutemen 0 3 7 6 16
RedHawks 0 14 7 6 27
Overall record Last meeting Result
0-0 First Meeting N/A


Ohio[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Bobcats 3 17 0 17 37
Minutemen 10 7 10 7 34
Overall record Last meeting Result
0-0 First Meeting N/A


Western Michigan[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Minutemen 0 7 0 7 14
Broncos 7 21 21 3 52
Overall record Last meeting Result
0-0 First Meeting N/A


Bowling Green[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Falcons 7 0 14 3 24
Minutemen 0 0 0 0 0
Overall record Last meeting Result
0-0 First Meeting N/A


@ Vanderbilt[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Minutemen 0 0 0 7 7
Commodores 7 14 28 0 49
Overall record Last meeting Result
0-0 First Meeting N/A


@ Northern Illinois[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Minutemen 0 0 0 0 0
Huskies 14 21 21 7 63
Overall record Last meeting Result
0-0 First meeting N/A


@ Akron[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Minutemen 3 12 0 7 22
Zips 0 0 7 7 14
Overall record Last meeting Result
0-0 First Meeting N/A


Buffalo[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Bulls 0 0 14 15 29
Minutemen 3 10 6 0 19
Overall record Last meeting Result
5–4 1998 UMass, 51–27


Central Michigan[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Chippewas 7 7 14 14 42
Minutemen 0 14 7 0 21
Overall record Last meeting Result
0-0 First meeting N/A


Team players selected in the 2013 NFL Draft[edit]

Player Position Round Overall Selection NFL Team
Michael Cox Running Back 7 253 New York Giants

References[edit]

External links[edit]

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