UMD wins on gutsy OT call

Framingham traveled to Cressey Field for a MASCAC matchup against UMass Dartmouth (UMD) where they fell short in overtime 35-34 ending their win streak at two.

Following a 26-yard return from Quron Wright, the Rams started their drive from their own 41. The Rams began their drive with back-to-back  rushes from Trevon Offley for a gain of two total yards. After the completion from Zakery Walker to Michael Calicchio for six yards on third down, Framingham decided to gamble and attempt to convert on fourth down. On fourth-and-6 the Rams rushed for 15 yards with Offley to convert for a new set of downs. On first down Framingham tried to continue what was working for them, which was the ground attack, but the play resulted in a loss of two and a holding penalty. After the penalty Walker connected with Anthony Smith for a gain of 11 yards. Walker connected with Napoleon Miller for a gain of 3, but came up short for the first down. Framingham decided to go for it once again on fourth down but was stopped for no gain and a turnover on downs.

UMass Dartmouth used a ground game based attack with Cory Burnham and Stephen Roy to move the ball quickly down the field. With the Corsairs gaining possession from the turnover on downs they started their drive from their own 36.  On first down Burnham rushed for 17 yards, the very next play Roy followed it with a six-yard rush of his own. After the rush, Burnham connected with Abbi Bamgbose for 12 yards and the first down. The Corsairs were called for a false start penalty on first down, following the penalty Burnham’s pass went incomplete to Bamgbose. On second-and-15, Roy rushed 20 yards to cap off a six-play, 64-yard drive.

After a missed extra point conversion from UMass Dartmouth, on the kickoff Wright returned the kick 23 yards but fumbled giving the ball back to the Corsairs.

Beginning their drive from the Framingham 38 the Corsairs continued their rushing onslaught from the first drive. UMass Dartmouth began their drive with five consecutive rushes from Burnham, Eddie Sheridan, and Roy for 22 yards collectively bringing them to the Rams 16. On the following play Burnham broke loose for 15 yards on the ground to move the chains. After a gain of no yards on first-and-goal from the one-yard line with a rush from Mike Slaughter, Roy punched it in the next play to extend their lead to 13-0 over Framingham.

The Rams began their drive from their own 28 with a 12-yard rush from Offley to move the chains on first down. After moving the ball well, the Rams went three plays for only one yard and was forced to punt. On the punt UMass Dartmouth was called for a roughing the kicker penalty giving Framingham’s offense another chance. With the new set of downs Framingham couldn’t make much of it going three-and-out punting the ball away again.

The Corsairs didn’t let up with their rushing attack on the following drive, rushing for 21 yards in the first three plays. After a rush for no gain from Burnham, Johnny Mims rushed for a gain of four forcing third down. On a key third-and-long Burnham converted with a 17-yard completion to Kevin Gonzalez. After a five yard gain from Roy on the ground, Framingham was called for a pass interference on a Burnham attempt for 15 yards. Framingham’s Campbell Marchant forced a Sheridan fumble recovered by Svenn Jacobson giving Framingham new life.

After the turnover, Framingham’s momentum was short lived going three-and-out with three incomplete passes from Walker.

UMass Dartmouth struggled at the close of the first quarter on the following drive going five plays for only 20 yards.

Framingham began its drive with an incomplete pass to Stephen Beahn, following the incompletion Walker connected with Calicchio for 11 yards. Walker hooked up with Miller for a gain of five, the offside penalty against the Corsairs on the play tacked on another five yards. The Rams couldn’t capitalize on the penalty gaining only two yards from Offley on the ground and punting the ball away after an incompletion to Beahn.

The Rams were able to force another punt from UMD, only allowing 24 yards on eight plays.

Framingham’s offense would start to get it going when Adam Wojenski was inserted at quarterback. Wojenski began the drive with an eight-yard completion to Miller on first down. Offley would move the chains after he rushed for two yards. After a first down incompletion from Wojenski, he was able to draw a pass interference against UMD when targeting Calicchio. With a new set of downs Offley rushed for three yards on first down, which drew an offside penalty against UMD to move the ball five more yards. Following the penalty Wojenski connected with Miller for six yards to convert the short first down. After a rush for no gain from Wojenski he was able to find Miller for 17 yards to keep the chains moving. Wojenski found Miller once again for a gain of six. Coming out of the Corsairs timeout Offley rushed for a loss of seven, but a personal foul was called against the Corsairs for 15 yards. After a first-and-goal rush from Beahn for three yards, Offley was stopped for a loss of seven forcing third-and-goal. Wojenski completed a 15-yard pass to Beahn to cut the deficit in half at 13-7.

The next four drives combined for both sides would end the same way. A battle of the punters trading field positions to end the first half.

The Corsairs beginning the second half with the ball would continue the rushing onslaught. Sheridan started the drive off with back-to-back rushes for 10 yards. Burnham would rush for eight yards himself following the big gain. After a Slaughter one-yard gain on the ground, Roy was able to move the chains for a new set of downs. On first down Slaughter rushed for eight more yards to continue the rushing attack. Burnham would complete a 26-yard pass to Roy for a touchdown but was brought back after a pass interference call. On second-and-17 UMD decided to continue what was working for them with a 24-yard rush from Sheridan. With a first-and-10 for the Corsairs, Slaughter was able to find the end-zone 17 yards out stretching the lead back to 13 with a score of 20-7.

Trying to make a difference Framingham came out aggressive with back-to-back completions from Wojenski to Beahn for 30 yards combined following the first down incompletion. After a one-yard completion to Miller from Wojenski, he would throw two consecutive incompletions forcing fourth down. On fourth-and-nine, Wojenski was able to scramble for a gain of 17 yards and new set of downs. With a new set of downs in the red-zone, Wojenski completed a nine-yard pass to Miller but was brought back because of a holding penalty. After the penalty moving Framingham back to a first-and-19, Wright rushed for a gain of 19 and a personal foul on UMD tacked on an additional three yards to the end of the play. The Rams attempted to punch the ball in from four yards out for three consecutive plays on the ground with rushes from Offley and Wojenski but failed to do so bringing up the field goal attempt. Rashaun Rivers attempting the field goal from 20 yards out was blocked and recovered by the UMD special teams’ unit.

UMD would maintain the rushing attack beginning their drive with a gain of six on the ground from Burnham. After a Burnham incompletion on second down, UMD was called for a false start penalty on third down forcing a third-and-long situation. On third-and-nine, Roy would rush for a gain of 18 moving the chains for the Corsairs. After another three-yard rush from Roy, Burnham was able to connect with Roy for a nine-yard completion. Following the stop on first down for no gain by Sheridan, he was able to gain five on the next play but was brought back because of a holding penalty. After the penalty, Burnham threw an incompletion forcing another third-and-long. Sheridan rushed for 13 yards but came up short forcing a fourth-and-five. On fourth down, the Corsairs would try to rush for first down but were stopped for a loss of five and forced a turnover on downs.

The Rams starting their drive with good field position would try to capitalize on the turnover on downs. On first down, UMD was called for an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty giving the Rams 15 free yards. After a Wojenski incompletion on first down, he threw an interception to the Corsairs Trent Barneys.

The next four drives combined for both sides would end in punts leading into the fourth quarter.

The Corsairs beginning their first drive of the fourth quarter would keep pounding the ball on the ground. On first down Sheridan would rush for four yards, but was brought back eight yards for a holding penalty. Following the penalty on first-and-18, Slaughter rushed for a 92-yard touchdown extending the lead to 27-7. The physical play continued throughout the game with another set of unsportsmanlike penalties off-setting before the extra point attempt.

Framingham needing to respond on the next drive would start their drive with great field position beginning from their own 41. After a first down sack of Wojenski, he scrambled for a gain of 13, giving the Rams a third-and-short to work with. On third down, Wright rushed for 47 yards bringing the ball to the UMD five-yard line with a personal foul penalty against the Corsairs an additional two yards. Following the incompletion from Wojenski on first down, Beahn rushed for two yards bringing the ball to the one-yard line. Beahn punched it in on the next play for a touchdown cutting the lead to 27-14.

The Rams would try an onside kick to get the ball back to make a comeback but couldn’t recover the ball. Framingham found a way to stop the Corsairs on the ground forcing a three-and-out after three consecutive rushes.

Wojenski would come out aggressive following the punt, completing a seven-yard pass to Beahn and another to Miller for 40 yards moving the ball to the UMD side of the field. Wojenski was sacked on first down forcing a second-and-long. On second-and-14, Miller was called for a costly false start. After a nine-yard scramble from Wojenski, he was able to find Beahn for a 31-yard completion for a big third-down conversion. After an incomplete pass to Calicchio, Wright punched it in from two yards out to cut the lead to 27-20 after a failed extra point attempt from Shawn St. Marie.

Following the score from the Rams, UMD would try to run the clock out with four minutes remaining. After a two-yard loss from Roy, Burnham’s pass would fall incomplete, but Rivers was called for a pass interference for 15 yards. Roy would rush for seven yards following the penalty on first down. Roy would then rush for another five yards converting the first down. After a four-yard rush from Slaughter, Framingham called a time-out to stop the clock with a minute and a half remaining. Roy would rush for another yard before Framingham burned another timeout. On third-and-five, Slaughter was brought down for a loss of two, then the Corsairs called timeout with 30 seconds remaining in the game.

On the punt to Framingham from Kevin Wadsworth for 39 yards, Miller would return the punt 90 yards to tie the game with six seconds remaining. After the play, Miller was called for an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty pushing the ball back 15 yards for the extra point. The Rams converted the extra point forcing overtime.

In the extra quarter, UMD won the coin toss once again choosing to defend first. After a one-yard rush from Wright, Wojenski’s pass fell incomplete but drew a pass interference penalty for 15 yards. Wright rushed for six yards bringing the ball to the Corsairs three-yard line. Wright punched it in to take a 34-27 lead for the Rams.

The Corsairs would start their overtime possession with a one-yard rush from Sheridan. After the short gain, Burnham found Bamgbose for a 24-yard touchdown. Framingham would call a timeout but Bamgbose still found a way to score on the ground on the two-point conversion for the win.

A key factor in the loss for Framingham was the 436 yards on the ground for the Corsairs. Wojenski led the way for Framingham with 200 yards on 16-of-30 completions. Wright led the rushing attack for the Rams on the ground with 90 yards on eight attempts. On the defensive side of the ball, Clayton Minnich led the way for Framingham with 12 tackles one of them for a loss, Aaron Owens and Marchant chipped in 10 tackles each.

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