WORCESTER, Mass. – Senior quarterback Cory Burnham (Essex, Mass.) threw for a season-high 227 yards with two touchdown passes on Saturday, as the Corsairs got back on the offensive track and again surpassed 500 yards total offense en route to a 42-26 thwarting of Worcester State at Coughlin Field.
Score: UMass Dartmouth 42, Worcester State 26
Records: UMass Dartmouth (4-3, 3-2 MASCAC) | Worcester State (1-5, 1-3 MASCAC)
How it Happened
It took seven drives before either team could make a scoring start, and the Lancers struck first off a UMass Dartmouth fumble. With the ball on the Corsairs' 15 yard line, Matt Lezama (Milton, Mass.) pounded two quick rushes, resulting in a 6-0 lead for the hosts.
The Corsairs would do anything but let the setback curtail their efforts, and exploded for the next four scores spanning nearly two full quarters to gain a commanding lead. On the Corsairs' first drive of the second, Burnham led the visitors 95 yards, capped by a seven-yard touchdown pass to Kevin Wadsworth (Bridgewater, Mass.). After forcing a punt on the Lancers' corresponding drive, the Corsairs went another 80 yards, with Johnny Mims (Dorchester, Mass.) punching the ball in from the one. Burnham's two-point conversion attempt was good, and the Corsairs opened up a 14-6 lead at half.
UMass Dartmouth opened the second stanza with yet another touchdown, this time a four-yard rush for Eddie Sheridan (Chelmsford, Mass.) and another good two-point conversion by Jacob Francis (Middletown, R.I.). The Corsair defense then forced another Lancer three-and-out, and Burnham capped a 73-yard drive with a 22-yard touchdown toss to Abbi Bamgbose (Worcester, Mass.).
Worcester State gained a touchdown back on its next possession, putting the score at 28-13, but the Corsairs stopped the hosts from gaining back anything more as Marvey Mathurin (Woburn, Mass.) intercepted an Ishmael Jenkins (Lawrence, Mass.) pass, paving the way for another Mims touchdown at the very beginning of the fourth quarter.
Mims would tack on his third rushing touchdown of the night before all was said and done, and UMass Dartmouth would drive in the final stake with just over a minute remaining, when Brandon Miller (Holden, Mass.) forced and recovered a Lancer fumble.
Inside the Numbers
- UMass Dartmouth rolled up 539 total yards of offense on the afternoon, and surpassed 40 points for the fourth time on the season.
- With his 130 rushing yards on the day, Sheridan has now put up 100-plus rushing yards in every game in which he's played this season (807 on the season).
- With 227 passing yards, Burnham has eclipsed 1,000 passing yards for the third-straight season and posted a season-high 34 attempts on Saturday.
- The Corsairs have now cracked 2,000 rushing yards on the season for the first time since 2008 with 307 net yards on the game.
- With three rushing touchdowns, Mims is the fifth Corsair to have 3-plus touchdowns in a game and the first since Preston Cooper against Springfield College on Sept. 12, 2014.
- Mathurin paced the Corsairs with nine total tackles, adding an interception and a tackle for a total loss of three yards.
- UMass Dartmouth ran a season-high 99 plays on Saturday, the most since totaling 101 last season against Mass. Maritime.
The Corsairs return home next Saturday for Fall Family Festival, and look to avenge last season's one-point loss to Mass. Maritime. Kickoff is slated for 12 p.m. at Cressy Field.