This Team's Got Mass Appeal

Massachusetts football players celebrate in front of the televison cameras in Missoula, Mont., Friday, Dec. 8, 2006, after defeating Montana 19-17 in an NCAA Division I-AA semifinal.

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UMass Grinds Out a Win in Montana and
Choo Choos off to Chattanooga for the Championship
Minutemen Reach Division 1-AA Final with 19-17 Win

"We were scared to death preparing for this football game. We just found a way. We're not artistic. We just found a way to win. It wasn't pretty, but we found a way to get it done. That's what you do in this tournament. You survive and advance." -- 12.8.06, UMass coach Don Brown

Baylark Was Too Much to Bear for Grizzlies

Massachusetts running back Steve Baylark poses after Massachusetts defeated Montana 19-17 in an NCAA Division I-AA football playoff game in Missoula, Mont., on Friday Dec. 8, 2006. Baylark had two touchdowns. Baylark ran for 169 yards and two touchdowns and caught five passes for 76 yards.

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"I hurt a muscle in my back. I didn't think I was going to finish the game. But I put my heart in it." -- 12.8.06, Steve Baylark, 169 yards rushing, 76 in receiving

BDD is a feature of Boston.com. All posts are by Steve Silva unless otherwise indicated.

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