After picking up its first win of the 2013 season last Saturday at Gillette Stadium against Miami (Ohio), the UMass football team heads back out on the road this weekend to take on Buffalo at UB Stadium. For UMass, the game against the Bulls is one of the few series against MAC opponents that pre-dates the Minutemen's move to the FBS level. The Minutemen and Bulls will meet for the 11th time on Saturday in a series that dates back to 1964.
The game will be televised live in the Buffalo market on Time Warner Cable, online by ESPN3 and via the WatchESPN app.
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 in-game host Adam Frenier. The game can be heard live starting at 3:10 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.
The Bulls won last year's meeting 29-19 thanks to 15 fourth quarter points. UMass led Buffalo 13-0 at halftime and 19-14 after three quarters. Joe Licata hit Alex Neutz early in the fourth quarter to put the Bulls up 22-19 before Bandon Murie scored on a 12-yard run with 2 minutes left in the game to seal the win.
The Minutemen are coming off 17-10 win over Miami (Ohio) last Saturday for UMass' first-ever home win at Gillette Stadium as a member of the Football Bowl Subdivision. Running back Jamal Wilson led the offense with 146 all-purpose yards, while quarterback A.J. Doyle nearly match his career-best with 249 yards passing and two touchdowns. Rob Blanchflower had 98 yards receiving including a 47 yard touchdown reception, but the MVP of the game was Khary Bailey-Smith who had a career-high 10 tackles and two interceptions.
After Saturday's game, UMass will return home for a three-game home stand over the next four weeks. The Minutemen will return home to face Western Michigan (Homecoming) next Saturday, Northern Illinois on Nov. 2 and Akron on Nov. 16. UMass will also have a second bye week on Nov. 9.
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