UConn–UMass football rivalry

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UConn–UMass football rivalry
Uconn Huskies logo2013.png UMassMinutemen wordmark.svg
Connecticut Huskies UMass Minutemen

Sport(s) Football
Total meetings 72
Series record UMass leads, 36–34–2
First meeting 1897[1]
Last meeting 2012
Next meeting 2016
Current win 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 the 2000 season, when UConn moved to FBS, 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.[2]

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.

# Date Location Connecticut Massachusetts
1 1897 Amherst, MA Connecticut 0 Massachusetts 36
2 1899 Amherst, MA Connecticut 6 Massachusetts 34
3 1900 Storrs, CT Connecticut 6 Massachusetts 17
4 1916 Amherst, MA Connecticut 0 Massachusetts 12
5 1919 Amherst, MA Connecticut 7 Massachusetts 15
6 1920 Amherst, MA Connecticut 0 Massachusetts 28
7 1921 Storrs, CT Connecticut 0 Massachusetts 13
8 1922 Amherst, MA Connecticut 6 Massachusetts 13
9 1924 Amherst, MA Connecticut 12 Massachusetts 10
10 1925 Storrs, CT Connecticut 0 Massachusetts 13
11 1926 Amherst, MA Connecticut 13 Massachusetts 6
12 1932 Storrs, CT Connecticut 0 Massachusetts 39
13 1933 Amherst, MA Connecticut 7 Massachusetts 40
14 1934 Storrs, CT Connecticut 6 Massachusetts 7
15 1935 Amherst, MA Connecticut 12 Massachusetts 25
16 1936 Storrs, CT Connecticut 13 Massachusetts 0
17 1937 Amherst, MA Connecticut 36 Massachusetts 7
18 1938 Storrs, CT Connecticut 19 Massachusetts 0
19 1939 Amherst, MA Connecticut 7 Massachusetts 6
20 1940 Storrs, CT Connecticut 13 Massachusetts 0
21 1941 Amherst, MA Connecticut 6 Massachusetts 8
22 1942 Storrs, CT Connecticut 26 Massachusetts 0
23 1952 Storrs, CT Connecticut 26 Massachusetts 13
24 1953 Amherst, MA Connecticut 41 Massachusetts 0
25 1954 Amherst, MA Connecticut 13 Massachusetts 20
26 1955 Storrs, CT Connecticut 18 Massachusetts 13
27 1956 Amherst, MA Connecticut 71 Massachusetts 6
28 1957 Storrs, CT Connecticut 19 Massachusetts 6
29 1958 Amherst, MA Connecticut 28 Massachusetts 14
30 1959 Storrs, CT Connecticut 26 Massachusetts 0
31 1960 Amherst, MA Connecticut 31 Massachusetts 0
32 1961 Storrs, CT Connecticut 13 Massachusetts 31
33 1962 Amherst, MA Connecticut 6 Massachusetts 16
34 1963 Storrs, CT Connecticut 3 Massachusetts 21
35 1964 Amherst, MA Connecticut 0 Massachusetts 30
36 1965 Storrs, CT Connecticut 7 Massachusetts 20
37 1966 Amherst, MA Connecticut 6 Massachusetts 12
# Date Location Connecticut Massachusetts
38 1967 Storrs, CT Connecticut 14 Massachusetts 35
39 1968 Amherst, MA Connecticut 27 Massachusetts 20
40 1969 Storrs, CT Connecticut 7 Massachusetts 28
41 1970 Amherst, MA Connecticut 21 Massachusetts 21
42 1971 Storrs, CT Connecticut 3 Massachusetts 3
43 1972 Amherst, MA Connecticut 16 Massachusetts 49
44 1973 Storrs, CT Connecticut 28 Massachusetts 6
45 1974 Amherst, MA Connecticut 10 Massachusetts 9
46 1975 Storrs, CT Connecticut 14 Massachusetts 29
47 1976 Amherst, MA Connecticut 28 Massachusetts 6
48 1977 Storrs, CT Connecticut 0 Massachusetts 10
49 1978 Amherst, MA Connecticut 10 Massachusetts 17
50 1979 Storrs, CT Connecticut 24 Massachusetts 0
51 1980 Amherst, MA Connecticut 21 Massachusetts 39
52 1981 Storrs, CT Connecticut 24 Massachusetts 29
53 1982 Amherst, MA Connecticut 14 Massachusetts 30
54 1983 Storrs, CT Connecticut 16 Massachusetts 6
55 1984 Amherst, MA Connecticut 21 Massachusetts 16
56 1985 Storrs, CT Connecticut 7 Massachusetts 21
57 1986 Amherst, MA Connecticut 20 Massachusetts 17
58 1987 Storrs, CT Connecticut 21 Massachusetts 17
59 1988 Amherst, MA Connecticut 35 Massachusetts 14
60 1989 Storrs, CT Connecticut 39 Massachusetts 33
61 1990 Amherst, MA Connecticut 19 Massachusetts 38
62 1991 Storrs, CT Connecticut 26 Massachusetts 21
63 1992 Amherst, MA Connecticut 7 Massachusetts 20
64 1993 Storrs, CT Connecticut 17 Massachusetts 20
65 1994 Amherst, MA Connecticut 21 Massachusetts 13
66 1995 Storrs, CT Connecticut 20 Massachusetts 7
67 1996 Amherst, MA Connecticut 38 Massachusetts 39
68 1997 Amherst, MA Connecticut 49 Massachusetts 16
69 1998 Storrs, CT Connecticut 44 Massachusetts 41
70 1998 Amherst, MA Connecticut 28 Massachusetts 27
71 1999 Amherst, MA Connecticut 20 Massachusetts 62
72 2012 East Hartford, CT Connecticut 37 Massachusetts 0
Series: Massachusetts leads 36–34–2


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