UMass returns to Gillette Stadium for a three-game homestand this Saturday as the Minutemen welcome Western Michigan for Homecoming. The Minutemen are coming off a tough 32-3 loss at Buffalo last weekend, while the Broncos fell 38-17 against Ball State.
The game will streamed online by ESPN3 and via the WatchESPN app. Bob Picozzi (play-by-play) and Matt Chatham (color) will call the action.
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 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.
The Broncos won last year's 52-14 in Kalamazoo thanks to 21 points in both the second and third quarters. The game was just a 7-0 affair after the first quarter, but the Broncos scored three times in a five-minute span in the second to open up their margin. Michael Cox and Jordan Broadnax each had rushing touchdowns to provide the UMass points. The Broncos rolled up 551 yards of total offense with 283 through the air and 268 on the ground.
The Minutemen are coming off 32-3 loss at Buffalo where Branden Oliver ran for 216 yards en route to setting the programs all-time career rushing record. Patrick Clarke hit three field goals and Khalil Mack returned an interception for a touchdown. The defense also added a safety in the win. The Bulls slowed down UMass' run game allowing Jamal Wilson and Stacey Bedell to combine for just 62 yards on the ground, while A.J. Doyle was 14-of-28 for 162 yards and an interception.
After Saturday's game, UMass will return home for two more games over the next three weeks. The Minutemen will return home to face No. 18 Northern Illinois next Saturday and Akron on Nov. 16. UMass will also have a second bye week on Nov. 9.
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