Jordan Mahoney’s 94-yard interception return for a touchdown gave host UMass a 14-point lead on the way to a 20-3 victory over Stony Brook on Saturday in Amherst, Massachusetts.
Mahoney’s pick came with 9 minutes, 20 seconds left in the second quarter.
The Minutemen (1-2) got their first score on Cam Sullivan-Brown’s 18-yard touchdown catch from Gino Campiotti with 10:03 to go in the first quarter. It completed a 10-play, 70-yard drive to open the game.
UMass kicker Cameron Carson hit two field goals, one from 29 yards with 2:49 left in the first half for a 17-0 lead. The second one covered 38 yards to make it 20-3 with 31 seconds left in the third quarter.
The Seawolves (0-2) scored on Angelo Guglielmello’s 29-yard field goal with 30 seconds left in the first half.
SBU outgained UMass in total yards, 333-264 and had one more first down, 16-15, but lost the turnover battle, 2-1.
Daron Bryden was 15-for-31 for 186 yards and two interceptions for the Seawolves.
Backup Josha Zamot was 1-for-3 for 20 yards. Each was sacked once.
Jayden Cook carried 14 times for 73 yards for Stony Brook.
Ty Son Lawton had only six carries for 8 yards.
Shawn Harris Jr. made three catches for 72 yards and Tyler Devera had four receptions for 62 yards for SBU.
Campiotti was 10-for-15 for 90 yards, with one touchdown and one interception. He was sacked once, by Dakar Edwards.