Sept. 22, 2011
NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA-For the first time this season, the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's football team will play on the road. The Corsairs will begin their Boyd Division schedule when they visit Plymouth State Saturday. Kickoff at Currier Field is scheduled for 1:00 p.m.
The Corsairs are 1-2, and are coming off a 21-13 loss to Maine Maritime at home last week. PSU is 2-1, and the Panthers are coming off a 10-7 loss to Bridgewater State.
"It's a long trip, three hours, but we're excited to play on the road," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Mark Robichaud. "Plymouth State lost some quality players from last year's team, but they are a quality football program."
The Panthers will display their usual physical style, featuring a run-oriented offense. "They have a smash mouth offensive philosophy, so our defense will get the ball pounded at them again," said Robichaud. "Their team is very disciplined. So far, we've done a pretty good job of trying to control the tempo of the game, so it could be a low-scoring game where there won't be a whole lot of passes thrown. I hope we can match up with them physically, and take advantage of what they give us defensively."
After scoring 24 points in their opener against Mount Ida, UMass Dartmouth has been held to 13 points in the past two weeks, and the Corsairs would like to put some more points on the board this Saturday.
"We're going to have to keep the same philosophy we used this past week, which is trying to get into third down and short yardage situations, as opposed to being in third and long," said Robichaud. "In the first half against Maine maritime, we were in third and short and we were able to convert and get first downs. In the second half, we weren't able to do that, and it was much more difficult for us to convert."
With points possibly at a premium this weekend, the Corsairs will be looking to get off to a good start. "We have to get off the bus ready to go," said Robichaud. "Maine Maritime was able to take their first offensive possession and drive down the field, and that's something that we can't let happen this Saturday. We can't afford to give up an early score. We have to be ready to play at the start of the game."
The Corsairs will return home to play MIT next Saturday, October 1. It will be their fourth home game in the first five weeks of the season. .
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