The Minutemen finished the 2016 season with a 2-10 record, and have now dropped to 10-50 since making the leap to FBS football five years ago.
Despite making a late comeback attempt, the Minutemen fell to the Rainbow Warriors 46-40, dropping them to 2-10 on the season.
The Minutemen failed to score in the second half in Provo, allow 37 points over final two quarters.
The Minutemen couldn’t complete fourth quarter rally in falling to second Southeastern Conference team this season.
The Minutemen face difficult task in first season as FBS independent with a loaded schedule featuring three teams from the Southeastern Conference.
In their first season as an independent, the Minutemen attempt to knock off the rust and gauge competition levels of new and returning players as the football season commences.
UMass football coach Mark Whipple announces Ross Comis as starting quarterback, transfer Andrew Ford close behind
Comis appeared in six games for the Minutemen in 2015 serving as Blake Frohnapfel’s backup.
UMass quarterback Ross Comis using spring practices as time to get acclimated to starting role, relationship with receivers
Shakur Nesmith is the lone returning Minutemen receiver that caught touchdown pass in 2015 season.