It's the ever-popular Band Day on Saturday at Gillette Stadium as part of what will be an exciting afternoon with UMass hosting Miami University (3 PM). Both teams will be looking for their first wins of the season in a game televised on ESPN3. Halftime of the game will feature the UMass Marching Band along with high school bands from around New England performing for the fans.
The game will be televised live on ESPN3 and via the WatchESPN app with Bob Picozzi calling the action and former Delaware head coach KC Keeler providing color commentary.
The UMass Sports Network will have Cody Chrusciel handling play-by-play duties alongside analyst Matt Goldstein, sideline reporter Adam Giardino and in-game host Adam Frenier. The game can be heard live starting at 2:40 PM (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.
UMass and Miami meet for the second time in program history. The Redhawks won 27-16 last year in Oxford thanks to a four touchdown performance from Zac Dysert (three passing, one rushing). UMass was led by Michael Cox's career-best 188 yards rushing which was highlighted by the "Dorchester Flip" where he flipped head first over a Miami defender for a touchdown that was featured as one of SportsCenter's Top-10 Plays of the Day.
The Minutemen are coming off a tough 28-7 loss at Bowling Green. Jamal Wilson led UMass with 119 yards rushing - UMass' first 100-yard rushing performance since Cox's effort last year at Miami. UMass and BGSU played a tight defensive battle in the first quarter as both teams had difficulty moving the ball. The Falcons managed to score twice late in the second quarter and added two more touchdowns in the third quarter. Mike Wegzyn led UMass on a 10-play, 71 yard scoring drive in the fourth quarter capped with a 24-yard touchdown pass to Tajae Sharpe - his third TD catch of the year.
Saturday's game will be one of four home games for UMass in the next six weeks. After going to Buffalo next weekend, the Minutemen will return home to face Western Michigan, Northern Illinois and then Akron after a bye week on Nov. 9.
Saturday's game will also honor Breast Cancer Awareness month with the Minutemen wearing special pink UMass helmet decals along with pink uniform accessories. UMass will also continue its season-long tradition of honoring the specific colleges which make up the University.
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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