American Football Database
1979 UMass Minutemen football
Yankee Conference champion
ConferenceYankee Conference
1979 record6–4 (4–1 YC)
Head coachBob Pickett (2nd season)
Home stadiumAlumni Stadium (17,000)
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Template:1979 Yankee Conference football standings The 1979 UMass Minutemen football team represented the University of Massachusetts Amherst in the 1979 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 Minutemen came into the 1979 season on the heels of an appearance in the inaugural I-AA National Championship Game. Despite the high expectations, the team was still able to repeat as Yankee Conference Champions, though they did not earn a postseason berth. UMass finished the season with a record of 6–4 overall and 4–1 in conference play.


September 15at Villanova*L 7–358,500
September 22Maine
W 38–143,990
September 29at Harvard*
W 20–715,000
October 6North Carolina Central*
  • Alumni Stadium
  • Hadley, MA
W 48–77,400
October 13at Boston University
  • Alumni Stadium
  • Hadley, MA
W 20–610,800
October 20Rhode Island
  • Alumni Stadium
  • Hadley, MA
W 24–013,500
October 27at Connecticut
  • Memorial Stadium
  • Storrs, CT (rivalry)
L 0–2410,677
November 10Holy Cross*
  • Alumni Stadium
  • Hadley, MA
L 18–206,300
November 17at New Hampshire
W 29–08,750
November 24at Boston College*L 3–4128,475
  • *Non-conference game