• For the first time in program history, UMass will play host to a team from the Southeastern Conference when Vanderbilt visits Gillette Stadium on Saturday afternoon (12 PM kick-off). This will mark the second of four scheduled games with the Commodores after the Minutemen traveled to Nashville last season.
• The game will be televised live on ESPNews and the WatchESPN app. Dave Lamont will call the action alongside color analyst Ray Bentley.
• The UMass Sports Network will once again feature Voice of the Mintuemen Josh Maurer handling play-by-play duties alongside analyst Matt Goldstein, sideline reporter Cody Chrusciel and game host Adam Frenier. The game can be heard live starting at 11:40 AM (EST) on 105.5 FM WEEI (Springfield), 1440 AM WVEI (Worcester) and 95.9 FM WATD (South Shore). The broadcast is also available online through www.UMassAthletics.com and on smart phones and tablets through the TuneIn app.
• Vanderbilt and UMass first met last season in Nashville with the Commodores defeating the Minutemen 49-7. Vandy scored 14 points in the final two minutes of the first half and had a 28 point burst in the third quarter. Jordan Rogers threw for 217 yards and two touchdowns, while the Commodore run game picked up 226 yards and three touchdowns. A.J. Doyle tossed his first career touchdown going 8-for-14 for 48 yards in relief of Mike Wegzyn.
• The game will feature the return of former UMass assistants Bob Shoop and Sean Spencer. Shoop was the defensive backs coach at UMass during the 2006 NCAA National Finalist run. Spencer was a defensive line and special teams coach in 2001-03 and 2007-08.
• UMass is coming off a 37-7 loss at Kansas State last Saturday. A.J. Doyle started at quarterback for the first time this season and the second time overall in his career. Stacey Bedell ran for a career-best 81 yards, while Tajae Sharpe had a career high 98 yards receiving. Doyle finished the game going 21-of-31 with two interceptions. UMass led 7-6 after the first quarter, but a 21-point second quarter for the Wildcats broke open the game.
• The Minutemen will be off next weekend for the first of two bye weeks this season. UMass will next play on Oct. 5 at Bowling Green. The Falcons defeated UMass 24-0 last year at Gillette Stadium.
• UMass will honor its specific Colleges which make up the overall University at several home games this year. At the Vanderbilt game, UMass will honor the Isenberg School of Management which is one of the top programs in the country.
Sept. 21 Isenberg School of Management
Oct. 12 College of Natural Sciences/Fine Arts Center/College of Humanities & Fine Arts
Nov. 2 College of Social And Behavioral Sciences/UMass Libraries
Nov. 16 College of Education/College of Nursing/School of Public Health & Health Sciences
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