UConn–UMass football rivalry

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UConn–UMass football rivalry
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History
First meeting 1897[1]
Last meeting 2012
Next meeting 2016
Number of meetings 72
All-time series UMass leads, 36–34–2
Current streak Connecticut, 1

The UConn–UMass football rivalry (also known as the U Game) is an American college football rivalry between the Connecticut Huskies football team of the University of Connecticut and UMass Minutemen football team of the University of Massachusetts Amherst. The rivalry was dormant from when UConn transitioned to FBS following the 1999 season until 2012 when UMass traveled to Rentschler Field to play the Huskies in the season opener.

History[edit]

The first game played between the two schools took place on November 6, 1897, in Amherst, Massachusetts. Massachusetts won 36–0. At the time, UMass was known as Massachusetts Agricultural College and Connecticut was officially Storrs Agricultural College. They had formed a loose association with other public colleges in New England such as present day New Hampshire and Rhode Island for the purpose of scheduling football matchups between the schools.

The colleges continued to schedule matches intermittently until after World War I, when they began to play on an almost-yearly basis through the mid-1920s. The series was discontinued until 1932, when the schools again met each year until World War II saw both universities disband their football teams. The schools would not match up again on the gridiron until Connecticut joined Massachusetts in the Yankee Conference in 1952. UConn and UMass played every season from that point on until UConn began their transition to what was then Division I-A in 2000.

UMass leads the all-time series 36–34–2. Massachusetts dominated the rivalry early, winning the first eight and 13 of the first 15 meetings between the two universities. Connecticut went on a streak of their own after that, winning 14 of the next 16 games. The 1960s again belonged to the then-Redmen of Massachusetts, as they lost only two games that decade. In the remaining years of the rivalry, the series was much more even, with neither team able to put together a winning streak of more than four games.

In April 2011, UMass announced plans to join the Mid-American Conference and move up to the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision, the highest level of college football in the country. Prior to this decision, the two schools had scheduled a game for August 30, 2012. UConn will play at Gillette Stadium in 2016, with UMass returning the visit to Rentschler Field in 2017[1].

Game results[edit]

Years of a Connecticut victory are in blue. Years of a Massachusetts victory are in maroon. Years with a tie are in white.

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