1978 UMass Minutemen football
Yankee Conference champion
Lambert Cup winner
ConferenceYankee Conference
1978 record9–4 (5–0 YC)
Head coachBob Pickett (1st season)
Home stadiumAlumni Stadium (17,000)
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Template:1978 Yankee Conference football standings The 1978 UMass Minutemen football team represented the University of Massachusetts Amherst in the 1978 NCAA Division I-AA football season as a member of the Yankee Conference. The team was coached by Bob Pickett and played its home games at Alumni Stadium in Hadley, Massachusetts. The 1978 season was the first after the NCAA split Division I football into two subdivisions, and the first that featured a postseason playoff for Division I-AA. The Minutemen reached this inaugural championship game, losing to Florida A&M, 35–28. UMass finished the season with a record of 9–4 overall and 5–0 in conference play.


September 15Villanova*L 21–258,800
September 23at Maine
W 40–67,200
September 30at Harvard*L 0–1012,200
October 7Morgan State*
  • Alumni Stadium
  • Hadley, MA
W 38–66,700
October 14at Boston UniversityW 31–73,570
October 21at Rhode IslandW 19–177,995
October 28Connecticut
W 17–1014,200
November 4Rutgers*
  • Alumni Stadium
  • Hadley, MA
L 11–219,800
November 11at Holy Cross*W 33–820,614
November 18New Hampshire
W 34–711,300
November 25Boston College*
W 27–07,950
December 9at No. 1 Nevada*No. 4(tie)W 44–2114,026
December 16vs. No. 3 Florida A&M*No. 4(tie)ABC SportsL 28–3513,604


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