AMHERST, Mass. - Adrian Zullo tied a Massachusetts record with four touchdown receptions Saturday as the defending Division 1-AA national champions opened the season with a 34-19 Atlantic-10 Conference victory over New Hampshire.
Zullo caught scoring strikes of 21, 35, 22 and three yards from senior All-America quarterback Todd Bankhead, who completed 19 of 32 attempts for 227 yards.
Following a scoreless opening quarter, Massachusetts (1-0) picked up its offense in the second as Bankhead connected with Zullo for three touchdowns. The only score for New Hampshire (1-1) came on a 20-yard field goal by Peter Carbonara (Queens, NY), which closed the Minutemen's lead to 7-3 with 9:31 remaining in the second quarter.
Marcel Shipp, who led all rushers with 145 yards, gave Massachusetts a 28-3 lead midway through the third quarter and Zullo got his fourth with 1:39 left in the frame.
New Hampshire quarterback Ryan Day (Manchester, NH) drove the Wildcats for two touchdowns, hitting Kamau Peterson (Windsor, ONT) from 30 yards and Randal Williams (Bronx, NY) with a 10-yard scoring play. Day completed 26 of 44 passes for 351 yards, but was intercepted four times.
Jerard White had a pair of picks for the Minutemen while Jeremy Robinson and Willie Hemmer each had one interception.