1998 UMass Minutemen football team

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1998 UMass Minutemen football
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NCAA Division I-A national champion
A-10 champion
Lambert Cup winner
NCAA Division I-AA Championship, W 55–43 vs. Georgia Southern
Conference Atlantic 10 Conference
Division New England Division
1998 record 12–3 (6–2 A-10)
Head coach Mark Whipple (1st season)
Defensive coordinator Don Brown (1st season)
Home stadium Warren McGuirk Alumni Stadium (17,000)
Seasons
← 1997
1999 →
1998 Atlantic 10 Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
New England
#9 Connecticut x^   6 2         10 3  
#1 UMass x^   6 2         12 3  
Maine   3 5         6 5  
New Hampshire   3 5         4 7  
Rhode Island   2 6         3 8  
Mid-Atlantic
#10 Richmond x$^   7 1         9 3  
#23 Delaware   4 4         7 4  
Villanova   4 4         6 5  
#17 William & Mary   4 4         7 4  
Northeastern   3 5         5 6  
James Madison   2 6         3 8  
  • $ – Conference champion
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
  • ^ – Division I-AA playoff participant
Rankings from The Sports Network I–AA Poll

The 1998 UMass Minutemen football team represented the University of Massachusetts Amherst in the 1998 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 Hadley, Massachusetts. 1998 was the most successful season in Minutemen history, as UMass won their first National Championship in the NCAA DI-AA playoffs in Whipple's first year with the team. UMass entered the postseason as champions of the A-10, but were not expected to make a serious run for the title. They reached the final game ranked 12th in the nation, and were matched up with perennial powerhouse Georgia Southern, the top ranked team in the country. The Minutemen rushed out of the gates, scoring three touchdowns in the opening quarter, and won the shootout by a final score of 55–43. UMass finished the season with a record of 12–3 overall and 6–2 in conference play.

Schedule[edit]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 3 7:00 p.m. at No. 3 Delaware Delaware StadiumNewark, DE L 30–33   20,744
September 12 1:00 p.m. at Richmond UR StadiumRichmond, VA W 22–17   10,219
September 26 1:00 p.m. Buffalo* McGuirk StadiumHadley, MA W 51–27   11,672
October 3 12:00 p.m. at No. 5 Hofstra* Hofstra StadiumHempstead, NY W 40–35   5,308
October 10 1:00 p.m. James Madison No. 24 McGuirk Stadium • Hadley, MA W 28–26   14,202
October 17 1:30 p.m. at Connecticut No. 18 Memorial StadiumStorrs, CT (Rivalry) L 41–44   8,581
October 24 1:00 p.m. Villanovadagger No. 19 McGuirk Stadium • Hadley, MA W 36–26   12,135
October 31 12:30 p.m. at New Hampshire No. 16 Cowell StadiumDurham, NH (Rivalry) W 27–26   3,578
November 7 12:00 p.m. at Rhode Island No. 12 Meade StadiumKingston, RI W 23–13   5,036
November 14 12:30 p.m. Maine No. 10 McGuirk Stadium • Hadley, MA W 55–34   10,355
November 21 12:30 p.m. Connecticut* No. 7 McGuirk Stadium • Hadley, MA (Rivalry) L 27–28   16,392
November 28 7:00 p.m. at McNeese State* No. 12 Cowboy StadiumLake Charles, LA (NCAA Division I-AA First Round) W 21–19   11,349
December 5 12:00 p.m. Lehigh* No. 12 McGuirk Stadium • Hadley, MA (NCAA Division I-AA Quarterfinals) W 27–21   12,108
December 12 2:00 p.m. at Northwestern State* No. 12 Turpin StadiumNatchitoches, LA (NCAA Division I-AA Semifinals) W 41–31   10,424
December 19 2:00 p.m. vs. No. 1 Georgia Southern* No. 12 Finley StadiumChattanooga, TN (NCAA Division I-AA Championship Game) ESPN W 55–43   17,501
*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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