Bennett, Louis lead Liberty to 42-24 victory over UMass

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.

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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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