This afternoon the UMass Minutemen faced off against Vanderbuilt of the Southern Conference at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough MA. The game began evenly with a set of turnovers by each team. Carta-Samuels had a pass picked off by Randell Jette which was his first interception of the season, while Adam Butler recovered a UMass fumble which rolled off the back of the receiver but never hit the ground. The first score of the game was made by Vanderbuilt. Jonathan Krause scored on a 49 yard pass to end a 6 play 81 yard drive late in the first quarter. The Minutemen were quick to respond with a score of their own with a 75 yard scoring drive lead by quarterback AJ Doyle which was finished with a third and goal pass to Tajae Sharpe. This had been the longest scoring drive by the Minutemen all season. Vanderbuilt was unable to make another touchdown score before halftime, but Carey Spear made a 32 yard field goal which gave the Commodores a 10-7 lead. The Minutemen also made a field goal attempt before the half, but the 45 yard attempt by Blake Lucas went far right and no score was made. Neither team scored in the third, but Vanderbuilt scored two touchdowns in the fourth quarter. Carta-Samuels was nearly sacked by Stanley Andre, yet completed a 11 yard pass to Jordan Matthews for a score. Finally an over seven minute drive that went 89 yards resulted in a touchdown by Jerron Seymour, giving the Commodores a 24-7 lead with 4 minutes 41 seconds left in the game. UMass will have a bye week next week, and will then travel to Doyt Perry Stadium in Ohio to face Bowling Green on October 5th at 3:30pm.