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Massachusetts 49, Charlotte 31

AMHERST, Mass. Michael Curtis threw for two touchdowns and ran for two more, Marquis Young scored three times and UMass scored four times on its first six touches to defeat Charlotte 49-31 on Saturday.

Young returned the opening kickoff 93 yards for a score and Curtis hit Andy Isabella on a 15-yard scoring pass on the first Minuteman play from scrimmage after a botched 49ers punt snap. Young scored on a 2-yard run on the next possession after Jake Byczko recovered a fumble on the Charlotte 14 and a pass interference penalty. UMass (2-3) led 21-0 after 31 seconds of ball possession before Curtis scored on a 3-yard run to cap the next series, a 3-play, 40-yard drive.

Curtis was 12 of 19 for 189 yards passing with a 29-yard second-quarter TD toss to Jessie Britt and a 2-yard TD run in the third quarter. Young gained 74 yards on 12 carries, including a 43-yard fourth-quarter TD run.

Benny LeMay scored a second-quarter TD on a 1-yard run for Charlotte (2-2), which was held to four yards of total offense in the first quarter and 90 at halftime. Chris Reynolds completed 23 of 34 passes for 283 yards, including a 16-yard TD pass to R.J. Tyler, a 2-yarder to Chris Phillips and a 9-yarder to Cameron Dollar.


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