1972 UMass Minutemen football team

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1972 UMass Minutemen football
Yankee Conference Champions
Boardwalk Bowl Champions
Conference Yankee Conference
1972 record 9–2 (5–0 YC)
Head coach Dick MacPherson
Home stadium Alumni Stadium (17,000)
« 1971 1973 »
1972 Yankee Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
UMass $   5 0         9 2  
Connecticut   4 1         4 5  
Vermont   3 2         4 5  
New Hampshire   2 3         4 5  
Maine   1 4         3 6  
Rhode Island   0 5         3 7  
  • $ – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1972 UMass Minutemen football team represented the University of Massachusetts Amherst in the 1972 college football season as a member of the Yankee Conference in the NCAA's College Division. The team was coached by Dick MacPherson and played its home games at Alumni Stadium in Hadley, Massachusetts. The 1972 season was the first in which Massachusetts was named the "Minutemen," as the university had changed their nickname from the "Redmen" due to changing attitudes regarding the use of Native American-themed mascots in sports. It was also the last season of the NCAA's University and College Division setup, as they would split athletics into three numbered divisions in 1973, with UMass moving into Division II. Massachusetts performed strongly enough in the regular season to earn a spot in the 1972 Boardwalk Bowl, which at the time served as the NCAA College Division East championship game. The team defeated UC Davis by a score of 35-14, and finished the season with a record of 9–2 overall and 5–0 in conference play.


Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 23 Maine Alumni StadiumHadley, MA W 37–0  
September 30 at Harvard* Harvard StadiumAllston, MA W 28–19  
October 7 at Vermont Centennial FieldBurlington, VT W 33–14  
October 14 Boston University* Alumni Stadium • Hadley, MA W 44–15  
October 21 at Rhode Island Meade StadiumKingston, RI W 42–7  
October 28 Connecticut Alumni Stadium • Hadley, MA (Rivalry) W 49–16  
November 4 at Bucknell* Christy Mathewson–Memorial StadiumLewisburg, PA L 15–28  
November 11 at Holy Cross* Fitton FieldWorcester, MA L 16–28  
November 18 New Hampshire Alumni Stadium • Hadley, MA (Rivalry) W 42–7  
November 25 Boston College* Alumni Stadium • Hadley, MA (Rivalry) W 28–7  
December 9 vs. UC Davis* Boardwalk HallAtlantic City, NJ (Boardwalk Bowl) W 35–14  
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from Coaches' Poll released prior to game.


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