The UMass football team kicks off a two-game road swing to close out the 2013 regular-season this Saturday when the Minutemen take on Central Michigan at Kelly/Shorts Stadium (1 PM).
The game will be televised on ESPN3.com and via the WatchESPN app with Dan Gutowsky calling the action and Bob Chmiel providing color commentary.
The UMass Sports Network will feature Cody Chrusciel handling play-by-play duties alongside analyst Matt Goldstein, and sideline reporter Adam Frenier. The game can be heard live starting at 12:40 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.
Last season, Zurlon Tipton broke free in the second half to lead Central Michigan to a 42-21 win over UMass at Gillette Stadium in the season finale of 2012. Tipton had three of his four rushing touchdowns in the second half as the Chippewas held the Minutemen to just one touchdown after the break. The game was tied 14-14 at halftime and Deion Walker scored the opening touchdown of the second half giving UMass a 21-14 lead, but it was all Central Michigan after that. The game was the first career start for A.J. Doyle who threw for 253 yards on 30-of-45 attempts with two touchdowns. Rob Blanchflower posted his first career 100 yard receiving game with 10 catches, while Michael Cox ran for 66 yards and a touchdown.
With an average of 15,830 fans through six games this season, UMass set a new attendance record. The previous high mark was 14,684 set in 1999 at McGuirk Stadium and the year after UMass won the NCAA I-AA National Championship Game.
The 2013 attendance average was 30 percent higher than the 2012 average of 10,901 which was UMass' first season at the FBS level and first year playing games at Gillette Stadium.
UMass will close out the 2013 campaign next Friday at Ohio with kick-off set for 2:00 PM. The game will be carried online by ESPN3.com and via the WatchESPN app for mobile devices. The pregame show for the UMass Sports Network will begin at 1:40 PM.
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