2003 UMass Minutemen football team

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2003 UMass Minutemen football
UMass Athletics wordmark.svg
A10 co-champion
NCAA Division I-AA First Round, L 7–19 vs. Colgate
ConferenceAtlantic 10 Conference
2003 record10–3 (8–1 A-10)
Head coachMark Whipple (6th season)
Home stadiumWarren McGuirk Alumni Stadium (17,000)
Seasons
← 2002
2004 →
2003 Atlantic 10 Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
#1 Delaware $^   8 1         15 1  
#11 UMass $^   8 1         10 3  
#20 Northeastern   6 3         8 4  
#25 Villanova   5 4         7 4  
Maine   4 4         6 5  
William & Mary   4 4         5 5  
James Madison   4 5         6 6  
New Hampshire   3 6         5 7  
Rhode Island   3 6         4 8  
Hofstra   2 6         2 10  
Richmond   1 8         2 9  
  • + – Conference co-champions
  • ^ – Division I-AA playoff participant
Rankings from The Sports Network I-AA Poll

The 2003 UMass Minutemen football team represented the University of Massachusetts Amherst in the 2003 NCAA Division I-AA football season as a member of the Atlantic 10 Conference (A-10). The team was coached by Mark Whipple and played its home games at Warren McGuirk Alumni Stadium in Hadley, Massachusetts. The 2003 season was Whipple's last with UMass. He left to take the position of quarterbacks coach with the NFL's Pittsburgh Steelers after the season. It was a successful year for Whipple and the Minutemen as they returned to the NCAA Division I-AA playoffs for the first time since 1999 by virtue of winning the A-10 Conference championship. UMass finished the season with a record of 10–3 overall and 8–1 in conference play.

Schedule[edit]

DateTimeOpponentRankSiteTVResultAttendance
September 61:00 p.m.Central Connecticut State*W 51–78,360
September 131:00 p.m.at No. 7 (AP/I-A) Kansas State*No. 10L 7–3846,102
September 206:00 p.m.at No. 16 MaineNo. 12W 24–167,316
September 271:00 p.m.James MadisonNo. 10
  • McGuirk Stadium
  • Hadley, MA
W 31–2610,196
October 41:00 p.m.New HampshireNo. 9
  • McGuirk Stadium
  • Hadley, MA (rivalry)
W 44–307,085
October 111:00 p.m.at William & MaryNo. 7W 24-144,868
October 1812:30 p.m.Hofstra*daggerNo. 6
  • McGuirk Stadium
  • Hadley, MA
CN8W 27-227,323
October 253:30 p.m.at No. 2 VillanovaNo. 5FSNEW 19–149,125
November 112:30 p.m.NortheasternNo. 4
  • McGuirk Stadium
  • Hadley, MA
CSTVW 28–247,106
November 812:00 p.m.RichmondNo. 4
  • McGuirk Stadium
  • Hadley, MA
W 30–176,167
November 1512:15 p.m.at No. 6 DelawareNo. 3FSNEL 45–51 3OT21,804
November 2212:00 p.m.Rhode IslandNo. 7
  • McGuirk Stadium
  • Hadley, MA
W 31–177,087
November 2912:45 p.m.at No. 6 Colgate*No. 5
L 7–194,197
  • *Non-conference game
  • daggerHomecoming
  • Rankings from [[2003 NCAA Division I-A football rankings#the FCS Sports Network Poll,[1] unless otherwise noted Poll|the FCS Sports Network Poll,[1] unless otherwise noted Poll]] released prior to the game
  • All times are in Eastern time

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