10/12/2013 - A.J. Doyle fired a 47-yard, third quarter touchdown pass to Rob Blanchflower to lift UMass to its first win of the season, 17-10 over winless Miami (Ohio) in a Mid-America Conference game Saturday at Gillette Stadium. The victory matches the Minutemen's total victories from last year, their first year as a Football Bowl Subdivision member and first under Charley Molnar. Doyle was 19 of 35 for 249 yards and two touchdowns for UMass (1-5, 1-1 MAC).
The RedHawks (0-6, 0-2 MAC) took a 10-7 lead in the third quarter on Kaleb Patterson's 45-yard field goal. Miami had the ball with a chance to tie in the final minute, but was stopped on fourth down. The loss capped a turbulent week for the RedHawks. Head coach Don Treadway and offensive coordinator John Klacik were fired Sunday. Mike Bath was named interim head coach as well as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. - AP Sports
08/27/2013 - University of Massachusetts senior tight end Rob Blanchflower will miss the Minutemen's season opener against Wisconsin according UMass coach Charley Molnar. Blanchflower, who was shut down last Tuesday with with a pair of undisclosed injuries, hasn't practiced in two weeks. "We're gonna rule him out for Saturday, so he's not gonna play," Molnar said after practice Monday. "I think after today, talking to him, and where he's at, it's just not worth it. You know, we have goals in mind for the season, and I think - I don't think it, I know it - Blanch is part of us reaching those goals. So, we're gonna have to go without him."
Replacing Blanchflower at tight end will be fifth-year senior Ricardo Miller and sophomore Derek Beck, a pair Molnar said he was "very confident" in. "They both do the same jobs and they both do them about the same; one does some things a little bit better than others," Molnar said. "But I would say this: They're both up to the task. Neither one is Blanch, but they have other skills, perhaps, that Rob doesn't have. So, at the end of the day, I feel pretty good about both those guys going in." - Daniel Malone, MassLive.com
08/22/2013 - PLAYERS TO WATCH IN 2013: TE Rob Blanchflower closed the 2012 season strong with career highs of 10 catches, one for a touchdown, and 100 yards, with home fans calling him "Gronkflower" from the stands. "I've been following the Patriots my whole life, so obviously (Rob Gronkowski) is a guy I look up to, a phenomenal athlete and a phenomenal tight end," Blanchflower said. "I'm not at that level yet, but hopefully one day." - The Sports Xchange