Colonial Clash

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Colonial Clash
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History
First meeting Massachusetts 10, New Hampshire 4 (1897)[1]
Last meeting New Hampshire 27, Massachusetts 21 (2011)
Next meeting None scheduled
Number of meetings 74
All-time series UMass leads, 43–28–3
Largest victory New Hampshire, 56–7 (1921)
Current streak New Hampshire, 2
Longest UMass win streak 6 (1969–74, 1977–82)
Longest UNH win streak 4 (1953–56, 1994–97)
MVP Trophy: Bill Knight Trophy

The Colonial Clash was an annual college football rivalry game played between University of Massachusetts Amherst (UMass) and University of New Hampshire. UMass has transitioned to the Football Bowl subdivision (FBS) of NCAA Division I, leaving the future of the rivalry in question. The two teams played each other first in 1897, and annually from the 1950s until UMass made the move to FBS in 2012. The rivalry was named The Colonial Clash beginning with the game in 2010. The MVP of the game is awarded the Bill Knight Trophy.

History[edit]

The first game played between the two schools took place on October 2, 1897, in Amherst, Massachusetts. Massachusetts won the game by a score of 10–4. At the time, UMass was known as Massachusetts Agricultural College and New Hampshire was officially New Hampshire College of Agriculture and the Mechanic Arts. They had formed a loose association with other public colleges in New England such as present day UConn and Rhode Island for the purpose of scheduling football matchups between the schools.

The colleges continued to schedule matches intermittently through 1922. Massachusetts affiliated with the New England Conference in 1923, and the schools would not meet again on the gridiron until New Hampshire joined Massachusetts in the Yankee Conference in 1952. UMass and New Hampshire have met at least once a year every season since.

UMass leads the all-time series 43–27–3, though it has been decidedly more even within the past 30 years. From 1958 through 1989, UMass won 26 of the meetings, losing only six times, including only one instance of back-to-back losses to their rival (1975–76). The most successful run for New Hampshire occurred from 1990 to 2002, when the Wildcats won 10 matchups and lost only 3.

In 2012, UMass moved up to the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision, the highest level of college football in the country. The football program joined the Mid-American Conference at that time, and in 2016 became an "independent." UNH remained in the Colonial Athletic Association of the Football Championship Subdivision. No more meetings have been scheduled since 2011, leaving the future of the rivalry in doubt.

Year-by-year game results[edit]

Massachusetts victoriesNew Hampshire victoriesTie games
No.DateLocationWinnerScore
1 1897 Amherst, MA Massachusetts 10–4
2 1905 Amherst, MA Massachusetts 15–0
3 1906 Amherst, MA Tie0–0
4 1908 Durham, NH Massachusetts 13–9
5 1909 Durham, NH New Hampshire 17–0
6 1910 Durham, NH Tie0–0
7 1911 Durham, NH Massachusetts 8–0
8 1912 Durham, NH Massachusetts 21–3
9 1913 Durham, NH Massachusetts 34–0
10 1919 Durham, NH New Hampshire 9–7
11 1920 Amherst, MA New Hampshire 9–0
12 1921 Durham, NH New Hampshire 56–7
13 1922 Amherst, MA Massachusetts 12–10
14 1952 Amherst, MA Massachusetts 26–13
15 1953 Durham, NH New Hampshire 32–12
16 1954 Amherst, MA New Hampshire 32–12
17 1955 Durham, NH New Hampshire 21–7
18 1956 Amherst, MA New Hampshire 28–7
19 1957 Durham, NH Tie7–7
20 1958 Amherst, MA Massachusetts 25–24
21 1959 Durham, NH Massachusetts 19–6
22 1960 Amherst, MA Massachusetts 35–15
23 1961 Durham, NH Massachusetts 9–7
24 1962 Amherst, MA New Hampshire 16–14
25 1963 Durham, NH Massachusetts 48–2
26 1964 Amherst, MA Massachusetts 47–0
27 1965 Durham, NH Massachusetts 46–0
28 1966 Amherst, MA Massachusetts 14–7
29 1967 Durham, NH Massachusetts 14–13
30 1968 Amherst, MA New Hampshire 16–0
31 1969 Durham, NH Massachusetts 48–7
32 1970 Amherst, MA Massachusetts 24–14
33 1971 Durham, NH Massachusetts 38–20
34 1972 Amherst, MA Massachusetts 42–7
35 1973 Durham, NH Massachusetts 28–7
36 1974 Amherst, MA Massachusetts 27–17
37 1975 Durham, NH New Hampshire 14–11
38 1976 Amherst, MA New Hampshire 23–0
No.DateLocationWinnerScore
39 1977 Durham, NH Massachusetts 19–6
40 1978 Amherst, MA Massachusetts 34–0
41 1979 Durham, NH Massachusetts 29–0
42 1980 Amherst, MA Massachusetts 17–0
43 1981 Durham, NH Massachusetts 20–9
44 1982 Amherst, MA Massachusetts 27–0
45 1983 Durham, NH New Hampshire 35–10
46 1984 Amherst, MA Massachusetts 14–10
47 1985 Durham, NH Massachusetts 21–17
48 1986 Amherst, MA Massachusetts 38–31
49 1987 Durham, NH New Hampshire 17–10
50 1988 Durham, NH Massachusetts 64–42
51 1989 Amherst, MA Massachusetts 34–28
52 1990 Durham, NH New Hampshire 36–18
53 1991 Amherst, MA New Hampshire 35–28
54 1992 Durham, NH New Hampshire 20–13
55 1993 Amherst, MA Massachusetts 15–13
56 1994 Durham, NH New Hampshire 14–11
57 1995 Amherst, MA New Hampshire 32–29
58 1996 Durham, NH New Hampshire 40–7
59 1997 Amherst, MA New Hampshire 28–10
60 1998 Durham, NH Massachusetts 27–26
61 1999 Amherst, MA Massachusetts 34–19
62 2000 Durham, NH New Hampshire 24–16
63 2001 Amherst, MA New Hampshire 35–24
64 2002 Durham, NH New Hampshire 31–14
65 2003 Amherst, MA Massachusetts 44–30
66 2004 Durham, NH Massachusetts 38–21
67 2005 Amherst, MA New Hampshire 34–28
68 2006 Durham, NH Massachusetts 28–20
69 2006* Amherst, MA Massachusetts 24–17
70 2007 Amherst, MA Massachusetts 27–7
71 2008 Durham, NH New Hampshire 52–21
72 2009 Amherst, MA Massachusetts 23–17
73 2010 Foxboro, MA New Hampshire 39–13
74 2011 Foxboro, MA New Hampshire 27–21
Series: Massachusetts leads 43–28–3
* NCAA Playoff Quarterfinals

See also[edit]

References[edit]

UMass Athletics Archive

External links[edit]