AMHERST, Mass. (AP) — Johnathan Bennett threw two touchdown passes and Shedro Louis had three short touchdown runs to power Liberty to a 42-24 victory over Massachusetts on Saturday.
Dae Dae Hunter and Louis scored on 1-yard runs in the second quarter and Bennett connected with Michael Bollinger for a 4-yard touchdown with 42 seconds left to give Liberty (5-1) a 21-10 halftime lead in a battle between independent programs.
Louis scored on runs of 6 and 2 yards to increase the Flames' lead to 35-10 after three quarters. Bennett teamed up with Demario Douglas for a 39-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter.
UMass (1-5), which has lost three straight, scored two touchdowns in the final quarter. Jordan Mahoney recovered a Hunter fumble in the end zone for the first score and freshman Greg Desrosiers Jr.'s 5-yard touchdown run capped the scoring.
Desrosiers scored the first touchdown of his career on a 53-yard run in the first quarter to give the Minutemen a 7-0 lead.
Bennett finished with 183 yards on 9-of-18 passing for the Flames. Douglas had four receptions for 134 yards.
Desrosiers finished with 110 yards on seven carries for UMass. The Minutemen managed just 233 yards of offense, while yielding 453.
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