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.
UMass football dropped its third consecutive game, while Minutemen hockey opened the Greg Carvel era with a weekend split against Colorado College.
Marquis Young ran for a season-high rushing total in the Minutemen’s 36-16 loss to the Monarchs.
The Minutemen face difficult task in first season as FBS independent with a loaded schedule featuring three teams from the Southeastern Conference.
The Minutemen lose two starters from last year’s team, forcing two returnees to switch positions while learning under new offensive line coach Mike Foley.
UMass football fall camp day four: Veteran offensive line boasts chemistry, looks to improve run blocking
The Minutemen return all five starters to the offensive line, which focuses on helping to boost the run game to balance UMass’ offense.