Nelson helps Massachusetts defeat Albany, 28-16

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AMHERST, Mass. (AP)—Massachusetts’ tailback Tony Nelson rushed for 171 yards on 20 carries and added a two-yard touchdown catch in his first collegiate start to lead the Minutemen past Albany, 28-16, Saturday.

Albany had the Minutemen on their heels early, taking a 9-0 lead on a touchdown pass from Vinny Esposito to David McCarty and a fumbled punt return for a safety in the first quarter.

But Liam Coen threw a pair of 2-yard touchdown passes to Ian Jorgenson and Nelson in the second to give UMass a 14-9 lead at intermission.

Nelson broke a tackle at the line of scrimmage on the second play of the second half and raced 64 yards for a touchdown that put the Minutemen up 21-9.

Coen, UMass’ senior quarterback, completed 10-of-20 passes—but three of those completions went for touchdowns.

Josh Jennings had a game-high 13 tackles. McCarty had 24 carries for 125 yards and a touchdown for Albany (0-1)—his seventh straight game in triple digits—and caught four passes for 72 yards and a touchdown.

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