Minuteman Minute Victory over B.C. comes at high cost; National Championship likely Nov 19 10:22 PM Recap Comments0 ******If the University of Massachusetts Minutemen do in fact make it to the BCS National Championship game against California, they will be going into battle without two of their biggest playmakers on offense. While the Minutemen were able ******** having their rival Boston College spoil their BCS bowl game dreams for the second year in a row by defeating the Eagles 28-21, the Eagles still may have gotten the last laugh. Seniors Jordan Broadnax and Ernest Lee saw their collegiate careers come to very unglorious and anticlimatic ends on the field Saturday night. Broadnax suffered a broken tailbone in the first quarter after only four carries. A short time later, Lee sufferred an undisclosed, but serious leg injury after his only catch of the game. Quarterback Randy Palmer suffered a dislocated shoulder early in the first quarter, as well, and was replaced by ************ Peters. However, Palmer was able to return late in the game and *********** to be fully healed by the bowl game. ******In all likelihood, the Minutemen will grab the second slot in this year's BCS National Championship game, matching college football's last two undefeated teams against one another. However, there is a slight chance that the BCS computer rankings may end up with Virginia, currently ranked 4th, overtaking UMass in the final rankings despite the fact that UMass dealt Virginia its only loss of the season. As it stands, UMass is ranked second in the BCS rankings with a score of .994. Virginia has a score of .983. Not calculated into those scores is Virginia's blowout victory over #18 North Carolina State in ACC Championship game. There are some voters out there ********** unimpressed with UMass' body of work, which they say consists of unimpressive victories over subpar conference opponents and out-of-conference opponents who were not as billed. With Virginia's second blowout victory over NC State this season, the Cavaliers now boast a resume featuring 4 victories over teams currently ranked in the Top 25 and 10 other victories by at least 25 points. Which such a robust resume and the prestige of the ACC, compared to the Big East, the question is whether the voters will attempt to circumvent what the ranking already seem to have decided. ******As a testament to the excellent recruiting job Coach Franklin has done over the past two years, the Minutemen look to still have a diversity and explosion in its offensive options heading ****** potential shootout with California. The emergence of sophomore receiver Donte Gaston as a go-to option and not just a secondary possession receiver has been a welcomed surprise this season. On the year, Gaston has 60 ************** 1101 yards and 6 touchdowns. Additionally, freshman tight end Chris McCall has proven to be game ready early in his career,as both a vertical threat and a go to target in the red zone, as proven by his gaudy 16.5 yard per catch average and his 9 touchdown grabs. Senior Marken Michel is an established and explosive option at the receiver position, having over 350 yards recieving and 6 touchdowns this season despite being injured. Sophomore Anthony Hopkins has slowly earned more playing time this season and certainly is capable of providing a legitimate threat in three receiver sets. Carrying the ball, halfbacks Darren Darby, Joseph Jones, and Josh Leonard and fullback Randall Holmes have shown the ability to get the job done in a reliable manner as a unit, combining for over 700 yards rushing on the season. All in all, though they will be missing the icing, the offensive cake that is Coach Franklin's Has-Grit & Egg offense looks to still have enough firepower bring home a championship **********.