American Football Database
1972 UMass Minutemen football
Yankee Conference champion
Boardwalk Bowl champion
Boardwalk Bowl, W 35–14 vs. UC Davis
ConferenceYankee Conference
1972 record9–2 (5–0 YC)
Head coachDick MacPherson (2nd season)
Home stadiumAlumni Stadium (17,000)
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Template:1972 Yankee Conference football standings The 1972 UMass Minutemen football team represented the University of Massachusetts Amherst in the 1972 NCAA College Division football season as a member of the Yankee Conference. 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.


September 23Maine
W 37–0
September 30at Harvard*
W 28–19
October 7at Vermont
W 33–14
October 14Boston University*
  • Alumni Stadium
  • Hadley, MA
W 44–15
October 21at Rhode IslandW 42–7
October 28Connecticut
W 49–16
November 4at Bucknell*
  • Christy Mathewson–Memorial Stadium
  • Lewisburg, PA
L 15–28
November 11at Holy Cross*L 16–28
November 18New Hampshire
W 42–7
November 25Boston College*
W 28–7
December 9vs. UC Davis*W 35–14