Updated: Friday, 09 Oct 2009, 3:03 AM EDT
Published : Friday, 09 Oct 2009, 3:03 AM EDT
AMHERST, Mass. (WWLP) - After a bye week, the No. 12/13 UMass football team is back in action on Saturday at Delaware in a match-up of the two winningest programs in the CAA. The Minutemen stand 3-1 overall, riding a three-game win streak including a CAA win over Rhode Island. The Blue Hens are 3-2 overall, with a 1-2 mark in the league after a 27-17 win at Maine last Saturday.
Over the last decade, UMass is the CAA's winningest program with a mark of 83-43 for a league-best 65.9 win percentage. Delaware is second on both charts with an 82-48 record and a 63.1 winning mark. The Minutemen have won four of the last 10 CAA titles while Delaware has claimed three crowns.
UMass has shown to be one of the most well-rounded teams on both sides of the ball. The Minutemen lead the CAA in total offense with 419 yard per game, which ranks 13th nationally. The passing offense is second in the league going for 243.5 yards per game and the rushing offense is third in the CAA gaining 175.5 yards per game. UMass has scored 33.8 points per game, second in the league.
On the defensive side of the ball, UMass has allowed just 13.8 points per game, third in the CAA. That mark is ninth in the NCAA in terms of scoring defense. The total defense allowed is also third in the CAA giving up just 277.8 yards per game. The pass effiency defense is ninth nationally (97.67).
In an amazing statistical note, UMass' scoring has been as balanced as the team on the field. The Minutemen have scored exactly 34 points in the first, second and third quarter while in the fourth, UMass has scored 33 points. That's balance!