Quarterback Cory Christopher and wide receiver Aaron Weaver had career days, and Hofstra eclipsed the 50-point mark for the first time in four years as the Pride downed Massachusetts, 52-38, in the season finale at James M. Shuart Stadium Saturday.
Former Riverhead standout and Hansen Award winner Miguel Maysonet rushed 10 yards for a touchdown with 1 minute, 41 seconds left in the game as Hofstra broke the half-century mark in taking a 14-point lead.
Hofstra last passed the 50-point mark in a 55-0 drubbing of Stony Brook in the 2005 Pride home opener.
Christopher, a senior, threw for three touchdowns and a career-high 484 yards and Weaver, a junior, had a career-best 15 catches for 191 yards for Hofstra (5-6 overall, 3-5 Colonial Athletic Association). Weaver was one reception shy of tying the Hofstra record for most receptions in a game. The team compiled 599 yards of total offense.
With the victory, Hofstra takes a 7-6 lead in the all-time series with UMass (5-6, 3-5), dating to the first matchup in 1997. UMass had won five of the previous six meetings.
UMass held a 10-7 lead in the second quarter before a Steve Probst 7-yard touchdown run gave Hofstra, which had lost three straight games coming into the contest, the lead for good.
Christopher's second touchdown pass of the day gave Hofstra a 38-17 advantage, but UMass fought back to close the gap to seven points twice in the fourth quarter before Maysonet's scoring run sealed the victory.