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Saturday’s game: Miami at UMass


Who: Miami (0-5, 0-1 Mid-American Conference) at Massachusetts (0-5, 0-1 MAC).

When: 3 p.m. today

Where: Gillette Stadium (68,756), Foxboro, Mass.

TV: ESPN 3.com

Radio: WMOH-AM (1450)

Stat pack: Miami QB Austin Boucher, 40-of-91 (44 percent), 524 yards, 3 TD, 3 int.; QB Austin Gearing, 51 carries, 248 yards; TE Steve Marck, 8 receptions, 96 yards, 1 TD; LB Kent Kern, 50 tackles; Massachusetts QB A.J. Doyle 57-of-100 (57 percent), 2 TD, 2 int.; RB Stacy Bedell, 63 attempts, 221 yards, 1 TD; WR Tajae Sharp, 31 receptions, 279 yards, 3 TD, S Devin Brown, 45 tackles.

Worth noting: This is the 125th season of Miami football, which is six years shy of the 131 years the Minutemen have been playing the game. They are in their second season under coach Charley Molnar, an assistant to Brian Kelly at Central Michigan (to which the RedHawks lost last week), Cincinnati (Miami’s Week Three loss) and Notre Dame. Miami beat UMass, 27-16, last season at Yager Stadium in the only meeting between the teams.

Pressure is on: The RedHawks as a whole. If the change in coaches is going to galvanize them, or at least provide a spark, then the time it will show will be this game against a UMass team that has struggled at least as much as Miami.

Edge goes to: Massachusetts. Playing at home against a team still trying to find itself and now in the hands of an inexperienced coach, the Minutemen should have the advantage.

— Mark Schmetzer, contributing writer


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