2003 UMass Minutemen football team

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2003 UMass Minutemen football
UMass Athletics wordmark.svg
A10 Champions
NCAA Division I-AA First Round vs. Colgate, L 7–19
Conference Atlantic 10 Conference
2003 record 10–3 (8–1 A-10)
Head coach Mark Whipple (6th year)
Home stadium Warren 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. 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]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 6, 2003 1:00 PM Central Connecticut State* McGuirk StadiumHadley, MA W 51–7   8,360
September 13, 2003 1:00 PM at No. 7(AP/I-A) Kansas State* No. 10 KSU StadiumManhattan, KS L 7–38   46,102
September 20, 2003 6:00 PM at No. 16 Maine No. 12 Alfond StadiumOrono, ME W 24–16   7,316
September 27, 2003 1:00 PM James Madison No. 10 McGuirk Stadium • Hadley, MA W 31–26   10,196
October 4, 2003 1:00 PM New Hampshire No. 9 McGuirk Stadium • Hadley, MA (Rivalry) W 44–30   7,085
October 11, 2003 1:00 PM at William & Mary No. 7 Zable StadiumWilliamsburg, VA W 24-14   4,868
October 18, 2003 12:30 PM Hofstra*dagger No. 6 McGuirk Stadium • Hadley, MA CN8 W 27-22   7,323
October 25, 2003 3:30 PM at No. 2 Villanova No. 5 Villanova StadiumVillanova, PA FSNE W 19–14   9,125
November 1, 2003 12:30 PM Northeastern No. 4 McGuirk Stadium • Hadley, MA CSTV W 28–24   7,106
November 8, 2003 12:00 PM Richmond No. 4 McGuirk Stadium • Hadley, MA W 30–17   6,167
November 15, 2003 12:15 PM at No. 6 Delaware No. 3 Delaware StadiumNewark, DE FSNE L 45–51 3OT  21,804
November 22, 2003 12:00 PM Rhode Island No. 7 McGuirk Stadium • Hadley, MA W 31–17   7,087
November 29, 2003 12:45 PM at No. 6 Colgate* No. 5 Andy Kerr StadiumHamilton, NY (NCAA Division I-AA First Round) L 7–19   4,197
*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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