NCAAF Game Recap - Massachusetts at Northwestern
Sat Nov 16, 2019 12:00 PM EST

LSU
58
Miss
37
F
OHSt
56
Rut
21
F
Wake
3
Clem
52
F
Ala
38
MisSt
7
F
UGA
21
Aub
14
F
Ariz
6
Oreg
34
F
Minn
19
Iowa
23
F
UCLA
3
Utah
49
F
Ind
27
PSU
34
F
Okla
34
Bayl
31
F
Fla
23
Mizzu
6
F
MSU
10
Mich
44
F
Wisc
37
Neb
21
F
Navy
20
ND
52
F
Cin
20
SoFL
17
F
Mem
45
Hou
27
F
NM
9
Boise
42
F
Tex
21
IASt
23
F
Kans
13
OkSt
31
F
E Mi
42
Akr
14
F
WestMI
37
Ohio
34
F OT
NIU
31
Toled
28
F
BGSU
3
MiaOH
44
F
Buff
27
Kent
30
F
UNC
27
Pitt
34
F OT
LaTec
10
Marsh
31
F
Fres
7
SDSU
17
F
Tul
21
Temp
29
F
TCU
33
TxTch
31
F
UMass
6
NW
45
F
AlaSt
12
FlaSt
49
F
VMI
6
Army
47
F
UTEP
10
UAB
37
F
Troy
63
TxSt
27
F
CoCar
27
ArkSt
28
F
ULMon
29
GaSo
51
F
IdSt
10
BYU
42
F
C Mi
45
Ball
44
F
KY
38
Vand
14
F
WVU
24
K St
20
F
VaTec
45
GATec
0
F
(N/A)
28
NMSt
41
F
Hawaii
21
UNLV
7
F
Wyo
21
UtSt
26
F
Syr
49
Duke
6
F
Stan
22
WaSt
49
F
Rice
31
MidTN
28
F
ULLaf
37
SoAl
27
F
SMiss
36
UTSA
17
F
AF
38
ColSt
21
F
App
56
GASt
27
F
AzSt
34
OreSt
35
F
SCar
6
TxAM
30
F
Lou
34
NCSt
20
F
USC
41
Cal
17
F

Nov 16, 2019, 12:00 PM EST

Final

1

2

3

4

T

Massachusetts (1-10)

3

3

0

0

6

Northwestern (2-8)

0

21

3

21

45

Hull scores 4 TDs, Northwestern routs UMass 45-6
Sat Nov 16, 2019 5:34 PM

EVANSTON, Ill. (AP) After waiting his turn for nearly three months, Evan Hull made the most of his opportunity on Saturday.

The freshman running back had four touchdowns and 220 yards rushing as Northwestern snapped a seven-game losing streak with a 45-6 victory over UMass.

Hull averaged 9.2 yards on 24 carries and became the first Wildcats player with at least 200 yards and four touchdowns in a game since Tyrell Sutton against Northern Illinois in 2005.

Hull had a total of 15 yards and eight carries (an average of 1.9 yards) before moving into the starting lineup because of injuries.

"I put a lot of work into this, so to have this happen for me was a very good feeling," he said.

Northwestern (2-8) last won on Sept. 14 with a 30-14 victory over UNLV.

"A great team win," Wildcats coach Pat Fitzgerald said. "I'm really happy for our guys. It's been a long time in the making for a win."

Quarterback Randall West was 19 of 36 for 175 yards and Bilal Ally had 66 yards rushing on 16 carries for UMass (1-10), which has dropped five straight.

UMass led 3-0 at the end of the first quarter and had a chance to expand the lead on the first play of the second quarter. However, Cooper Garcia's 30-yard field-goal attempt was blocked by Joe Gaziano and Chris Bergin picked up the ball at the 15 and returned it 85 yards for the game-turning touchdown.

"The protection was good," UMass coach Walt Bell said. "The field goal just got hit low and they turned it back for a touchdown. "It had a chance to be a really close game at halftime, the majority of that being because of the way our defense played."

After Garcia connected on a 23-yard field goal, Hull had a 6-yard TD run for a 14-6 lead with 7:59 left in the first half. Less than three minutes later, Hull had a 38-yard TD run to cap a 95-yard drive to make it 21-6. Hull had three rushes on the series for a total of 90 yards.

Charlie Kuhbander hit a 31-yard field goal in the third - following an interception by Blake Gallagher - to make it 24-6.

Hull had a 46-yard TD early in the fourth for a 31-6 advantage and added a 31-yard TD a few minutes later to make it 38-6.

"I'm ecstatic for him," Fitzgerald said of Hull. "He's a great young man. He's got a bright future. Obviously, we're depleted at that position and I'm really proud of him playing the way he did."

Northwestern's final score was an 11-yard TD run by Raymond Niro after Hull left the game.

"We started to wear down in the back half of the game," Bell said. "Having a really young, really thin defense on the field for that amount of time, I just thought the Big Ten football started to wear on us a little bit."

THE TAKEAWAY

UMass: The Minutemen had 227 yards passing but could have had much more. Both West and backup Andrew Brito missed a slew of open receivers.

Northwestern: Aside from Hull's rushing, the offense continued to sputter and Aidan Smith (7 of 13 for 76 yards with two interceptions) was less than impressive at quarterback. But following seven straight losses, any win is a thing of beauty and the Wildcats will take it. The defense gave up 310 yards but kept UMass out of the end zone.

PLAYING FAVORITES

Afterward, Hull was asked which TD was his favorite.

"All of them," he said. "This is still pretty new for me. Just being out there today and having the success that I did, just the whole day is my favorite."

JOHNSON SITS

Northwestern played three quarterbacks, but not opening-day starter Hunter Johnson.

"He was banged up last week, so we were resting him this week," Fitzgerald said.

UP NEXT

UMass: Hosts BYU next Saturday.

Northwestern: Hosts No. 7 Minnesota next Saturday.

More AP college football: https://apnews.com/Collegefootball and https://twitter.com/AP-Top25

Passing

UMass Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat
R. West 36 19 52.8 0 175 32 1 54.7
A. Brito 10 6 60.0 0 52 13 0 73.8
NW Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat
A. Smith 13 7 53.8 0 76 27 2 31.7

Rushing

UMass Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
B. Ally 16 66 4.1 31 0
C. Roberson 10 29 2.9 12 0
NW Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
E. Hull 24 220 9.2 48 4
A. Smith 7 47 6.7 19 0

Receiving

UMass Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
B. Dingle 4 66 16.5 32 0
Z. Simon 6 58 9.7 15 0
NW Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
R. Lees 7 76 10.9 27 0

Fumbles

NW F FL
C. Rowley 1 0
D. Anderson 1 0

Returning

UMass KR Avg KRTD LgKR PR Avg TD LgPR
I. Rodgers 4 19.5 0 32 0 - 0 0
J. Johnson 1 12.0 0 12 0 - 0 0
NW KR Avg KRTD LgKR PR Avg TD LgPR
C. Mangieri 1 8.0 0 8 0 - 0 0
R. Lees 0 - 0 0 1 -1.0 0 0

Punting

UMass Punt Yds Avg LgPu
G. Georgopoulos 8 315 39.4 57
NW Punt Yds Avg LgPu
A. David 4 126 31.5 36

Takeaways

UMass Int Yds InTD
X. Steele 1 2 0
J. Wallace 1 0 0
NW Int Yds InTD
B. Gallagher 1 40 0

Team Stats Comparison

UMass NW
Points For 6 45
Total Yards 310 410
Rushing Yards 83 334
Passing Yards 227 76
Passing Completions / Attempts 25/46 7/13
Turnovers 1 3
Interceptions Thrown 1 2
Fumbles - Lost 0/0 4/1
First Downs 16 16
Penalties - Yards 8/55 0/0
Time Of Possession 8:08 52:52
Third Down Conversions/Attempts 6/19 7/14
Fourth Down Conversions/Attempts 0/2 0/1
Punts - Average Yards 8/39 4/32

Scoring Summary

1st Quarter UMass NW
UMass 4:16 FG Cooper Garcia 32 yd FG 3 0
2nd Quarter UMass NW
NW 0:17 TD Chris Bergin 85 yd blocked FG return (Charlie Kuhbander kick) 3 7
UMass 3:47 FG Cooper Garcia 23 yd FG 6 7
NW 7:01 TD Evan Hull 6 yd run (Charlie Kuhbander kick) 6 14
NW 9:42 TD Evan Hull 38 yd run (Charlie Kuhbander kick) 6 21
3rd Quarter UMass NW
NW 13:59 FG Charlie Kuhbander 31 yd FG 6 24
4th Quarter UMass NW
NW 1:18 TD Evan Hull 46 yd run (Charlie Kuhbander kick) 6 31
NW 5:54 TD Evan Hull 31 yd run (Charlie Kuhbander kick) 6 38
NW 9:24 TD Raymond Niro III 11 yd run (Drew Luckenbaugh kick) 6 45

Game Information

Stadium: Ryan Field, Evanston, Illinois
Attendance: 29,447
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