PROVO, Utah (ABC4 Sports) - Just when you thought things couldn't get any worse for BYU, the Cougars reach a new low.
BYU managed just 10 points against a UMass team that has given up at least 30 points in every game this season, in a 16-10 loss to the Minutemen at LaVell Edwards Stadium.
"We' obviously very disappointed by the loss," said BYU head coach Kalani Sitake. "We're disappointed for the seniors for the entire season, just wasn't good enough to win the game today. We obviously understand why a lot of people are upset, including myself. Congrats to UMass, they made enough plays to win the game, and being better than us on the scoreboard."
BYU drops to 3-9 on the year, its first 9-loss season since 1955. This is also the first time BYU has finished under .500 at home since 1971.
Freshman quarterback Joe Critchlow was intercepted four times, and managed just one touchdown pass with under a minute to play to Matt Bushman.
"I feel like our lack of success throwing the ball can be narrowed a lot to my efforts," Critchlow said. "Just missed reads, missed throws. I feel like we left a lot of big plays on the field tonight."
Critchlow, who led BYU to a road win at UNLV last week, completed just 21 of 45 passing for 257 yards, but the Cougars managed just 42 rushing yards.
After a career-high 213 yards last week, Squally Canada was held to 51 yards on 11 carries.
"It's hard to score points and it's difficult to win games when you have 10 points on the scoreboard," Sitake said. "We were at 0-3 for so long. I think we knew we had to go to a faster pace and probably air it out a little bit more than we felt comfortable with going into the game."
After a lackluster first half, the Minutemen stretched its lead in the third quarter on a 40-yard pass from Andrew Ford to Andy Isabella to make it 10-0.
Two more Critchlow interceptions were turned into field goals to give UMass at 16-0 lead. BYU cut the lead to 16-10 on a 9-yard scoring strike from Critchlow to Bushman with 53 seconds left, but the Cougars couldn't not recover the onside kick, and the Cougars left Senior Day feeling despondent.
"We just want to finish this season off the right way," said wide receiver Micah Simon. "It sucks we couldn't get this win for our seniors on their last home game. So we'll just take next week the same, focus each day of practice and be ready to go."
BYU wraps up its most disappointing season in over 50 years next week at Hawaii.
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