UMass has won a total of 22 conference championships, 12 shared and 10 outright.
|Season||Conference||Overall record||Conference record|
|1998†||Atlantic 10 Conference||12–3||6–2|
|1999†||Atlantic 10 Conference||9–4||7–1|
|2003†||Atlantic 10 Conference||10–3||8–1|
|2006||Atlantic 10 Conference||13–2||8–0|
|2007†||Colonial Athletic Association||10–3||7–1|
Division II playoffs
|1977||November 26||Quarterfinal||Lehigh||L 23–30||Amherst, Massachusetts|
Division I-AA playoffs
|1978||December 9||Semifinal||Nevada||W 44–21||Reno, Nevada|
|December 16||Championship||Florida A&M||L 28–35||Wichita Falls, Texas|
|1988||November 26||First Round||Eastern Kentucky||L 17–28||Richmond, Kentucky|
|1990||November 24||First Round||William & Mary||L 0–38||Williamsburg, Virginia|
|1998||November 28||First Round||McNeese State||W 21–19||Lake Charles, Louisiana|
|December 5||Quarterfinal||Lehigh||W 27–21||Amherst, Massachusetts|
|December 12||Semifinal||Northwestern State||W 41–31||Natchitoches, Louisiana|
|December 19||Championship||Georgia Southern||W 55–43||Chattanooga, Tennessee|
|1999||November 27||First Round||Furman||W 30–23 OT||Greenville, South Carolina|
|December 4||Quarterfinal||Georgia Southern||L 21–38||Statesboro, Georgia|
|2003||November 29||First Round||Colgate||L 7–19||Hamilton, New York|
|2006||November 25||First Round||Lafayette||W 35–14||Amherst, Massachusetts|
|December 2||Quarterfinal||New Hampshire||W 24–17||Amherst, Massachusetts|
|December 12||Semifinal||Montana||W 19–17||Missoula, Montana|
|December 15||Championship||Appalachian State||L 17–28||Chattanooga, Tennessee|
|2007||November 24||First Round||Fordham||W 49–35||Amherst, Massachusetts|
|December 1||Quarterfinal||Southern Illinois||L 27–34||Carbondale, Illinois|
UMass has been to two bowl games, with the Minutemen garnering a record of 1–1.
|1964||Tangerine Bowl||East Carolina||L 13–14|
|1972||Boardwalk Bowl||UC Davis||W 35–14|
|1898||David F. Weeks||6||1||4||1||.250|
|1899–1900||Fred Murphy Brown||20||12||8||0||.600|
|1904, 1907–1908||Matthew Bullock||26||13||8||5||.596|
|1906||George E. O'Hearn||9||1||7||1||.167|
|1909||J. W. Gage||9||1||6||2||.222|
|1941–1942, 1946||Walter Hargesheimer||23||11||11||1||.500|
|1945, 1947–1951||Thomas Eck||44||17||23||4||.432|
Massachusetts and Boston College are in-state rivals. The first game played between the two schools took place in 1899 and was played at a neutral location. Boston College won 18–0. At the time, UMass was known as Massachusetts Agricultural College. The relative proximity between the schools encouraged them to schedule additional matches in the subsequent years.
BC and UMass met again in Amherst, Massachusetts in 1901, 1902, and 1912, with UMass winning all three contests before the series was halted. The two universities did not meet again on the football field until 1966, when they began a seventeen-year series in which the teams would play each other in the last week of UMass' football season. UMass was in a lower division than BC during the entirety of the rivalry. As such, Boston College dominated the stretch, winning fifteen of the seventeen games, routinely blowing out the overmatched Minutemen.
After 22 years, the rivalry was renewed as UMass traveled to Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts to play Boston College once again. UMass was yet again outmatched, losing 29–7. The universities agreed to play two more times over the next seven years, and Boston College won both games easily.
In April 2011, UMass announced plans to join the Mid-American Conference and move up to the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision, the highest level of college football in the country. Boston College had been a member of this division for decades, and there was much speculation that the two schools may cultivate a renewal of the rivalry. This was confirmed when it was reported in September 2011, that they had agreed to play a three-game biannual series beginning in 2014. Two of the games will be played at BC's Alumni Stadium and the other will be held at Gillette Stadium.
Most recently, the two teams met in September 2016, with BC winning 26–7.
|Games played||First meeting||Last meeting||UMass wins||UMass losses||UMass ties|
|26||1899 (Lost 18-0)||2016 (Lost 26-7)||5||21||0|
The first game played between Massachusetts and UConn took place on November 6, 1897, in Amherst, Massachusetts. UMass won 36–0. At the time, UMass was known as Massachusetts Agricultural College and Connecticut was officially Storrs Agricultural College. They had formed a loose association with other public colleges in New England such as present day New Hampshire and Rhode Island for the purpose of scheduling football matchups between the schools.
The colleges continued to schedule matches intermittently until after World War I, when they began to play on an almost-yearly basis through the mid-1920s. The series was discontinued until 1932, when the schools again met each year until World War II saw both universities disband their football teams. The schools would not match up again on the gridiron until UConn joined Massachusetts in the Yankee Conference in 1952. UConn and UMass played every season from that point on until UConn began their transition to what was then Division I-A in 2000.
UMass leads the all-time series 36–34–2. Massachusetts dominated the rivalry early, winning the first eight and 13 of the first 15 meetings between the two universities. Connecticut went on a streak of their own after that, winning 14 of the next 16 games. The 1960s again belonged to the then-Redmen of Massachusetts, as they lost only two games that decade. In the remaining years of the rivalry, the series was much more even, with neither team able to put together a winning streak of more than four games.
In April 2011, UMass announced plans to join the Mid-American Conference and move up to the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision, the highest level of college football in the country. Prior to this decision, the two schools had scheduled a game for August 30, 2012. UMass later became a FBS Independent school starting in 2016. In 2015, the two schools announced that the Minutemen will visit Pratt & Whitney Stadium at Rentschler Field in 2018 and 2020, and the Huskies will visit Gillette Stadium in 2019 and 2021.
|Games played||First meeting||Last meeting||UMass wins||UMass losses||UMass ties|
|72||1897 (Win 36-0)||2012 (Lost 37-0)||36||34||2|
The first field that the Minutemen played at was called Alumni Field, and was situated on the south end of campus. This field was replaced in 1915 by a new venue, also called Alumni Field. It was replaced in 1965 by Alumni Stadium, and later became the location of the Whitmore Administration Building.
McGuirk Alumni Stadium
The Minutemen played their last home football game for three years at McGuirk Alumni Stadium, a 17,000 seat stadium on the UMass Amherst campus in 2011. The stadium itself sits just over the town line in neighboring Hadley, Massachusetts. The inaugural game took place on September 25, 1965 when UMass defeated the AIC Yellow Jackets, 41–0. Since the opening, UMass has enjoyed a decided home field advantage, posting a 182–79–2 record when playing at McGuirk. The attendance record at McGuirk was set during a UMass football game against Boston College on November 25, 1972; 20,000 fans were in attendance. McGuirk was partially renovated for a return of UMass football. The expansion included a new performance center with new locker rooms and training facilities, and a new press box. In the 2012 and 2013 seasons UMass played all their home games at Gillette Stadium, but they returned to McGuirk beginning with three games in 2014. Both venues will be used for home games moving forward.
UMass first played at Gillette Stadium in the "Colonial Clash" against the University of New Hampshire on October 23, 2010. This game was renewed for the 2011 season as UMass played New Hampshire there again. For 2012–2013 the team played all of their home games at Gillette. Since then, UMass has split their home games between Gillette Stadium and the on-campus McGuirk Alumni Stadium.
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NFL All-Pros and Pro Bowlers
|Milt Morin||none||1968, 1971|
Current NFL players
|Vladimir Ducasse||OG||Buffalo Bills||2009|
|Tajae Sharpe||WR||Tennessee Titans||2016|
|Elijah Wilkinson||OT||Denver Broncos||2017|
|Andy Isabella||WR||Arizona Cardinals||2019|
The following is a list of all Minutemen who were named Player, Coach, or Rookie of the Year for their respective conference.
|1985||Dave Palazzi||QB||Rookie of the Year|
|1988||Tim Bryant||QB||Rookie of the Year|
|1988||John McKeown||LB||Defensive Player of the Year|
|1988||Jim Reid||HC||Coach of the Year|
|1990||Gary Wilkos||QB||Offensive Player of the Year|
|1990||John Johnson||RB||Rookie of the Year|
|1990||Jim Reid||HC||Coach of the Year|
|1992||Rene Ingoglia||RB||Rookie of the Year|
|1994||Brian Corcoran||DL||Defensive Player of the Year|
|1998||Khari Samuel||LB||Defensive Player of the Year|
|1999||Adrian Zullo||WR||Rookie of the Year|
|2002||R.J. Cobbs||RB||Rookie of the Year|
|2003||Mark Whipple||HC||Coach of the Year|
|2004||Shannon James||DB||Defensive Player of the Year|
|2005||Christian Koegel||P||Special Teams Player of the Year|
|2006||Steve Baylark||RB||Offensive Player of the Year|
|2006||Don Brown||HC||Coach of the Year|
College Football Hall of Fame
The following is a list of all Minutemen inducted in the College Football Hall of Fame.
|Name||Position||Years at UMass||Inducted||Ref.|
Announced schedules as of September 10, 2019.
- ↑ "UMass rivalries with UConn and BC just make sense for all involved". May 14, 2012. http://www.masslive.com/umassfootball/index.ssf/2012/05/umass_rivalries_with_uconn_and.html. Retrieved July 17, 2017.
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 "mcubed.net : NCAAF Football : Series records : Massachusetts vs. Boston College". http://www.mcubed.net/ncaaf/series/umass/bc.shtml. Retrieved July 17, 2017.
- ↑ http://www.gazettenet.com/2011/09/26/jesse-julmiste-sets-umass-record-for-kickoff-returns
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 "Time to Worry About UMass-UConn Football Rivalry?". http://www.nbcconnecticut.com/blogs/dog-house/Time-to-Worry-About-UMass-UConn-Football-Rivalry-120706244.html. Retrieved July 17, 2017.
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 5.2 http://grfx.cstv.com/photos/schools/conn/sports/m-footbl/auto_pdf/2015-16/misc_non_event/part5-15.pdf
- ↑ "mcubed.net : NCAAF Football : Series records : Massachusetts vs. Connecticut". http://www.mcubed.net/ncaaf/series/umass/ct.shtml. Retrieved July 17, 2017.
- ↑ "UConn and UMass Schedule Four-Game Series". December 10, 2015. http://www.theuconnblog.com/2015/12/10/9885880/uconn-football-announces-four-game-series-with-umass. Retrieved July 17, 2017.
- ↑ http://www.umass.edu/fp/projectmanagement/constructioninformation/mcguirkalumnistadiumupgrades/
- ↑ "UMass football will return some home games to campus in 2014". http://www.masslive.com/umassfootball/index.ssf/2013/08/umass_football_will_return_som.html#incart_river. Retrieved July 17, 2017.
- ↑ http://www.umassathletics.com/sports/m-footbl/FBS2.html
- ↑ https://www.cfbhall.com/about/inductees/inductee/dick-macpherson-2009/
- ↑ https://www.cfbhall.com/about/inductees/inductee/milt-morin-2010/
- ↑ "UMass Minutemen Future Football Schedules". https://fbschedules.com/ncaa/umass/.