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Ohio Opens MAC Play at Massachusetts on Saturday

Keith Moore

Sept. 26, 2012

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-Ohio travels Massachusetts on Saturday to take on the Minutemen inside Gillette Stadium. Kickoff is set for 3:30 p.m. and can be seen on ESPN3.
-The Bobcats are 4-0 for the first time since 1976.
-Ohio is receiving votes in both the AP and USA Today Polls.
-The Bobcats enter the game with Massachusetts as the only undefeated team in the Mid-American Conference. Ohio is one of only 27 undefeated teams at the FBS level.
-Ohio defeated Norfolk State 44-10 last Saturday at Peden Stadium.
-The Bobcats' win over Norfolk State last week gives Ohio its 10th win in the last 11 games dating back to last season.
-Ohio's victory over Norfolk State marked the Bobcats' first-ever meeting with the Spartans.

-A win over Massachusetts would mark the `Cats first 5-0 start since 1968.
-A win over Massachusetts would mark the eighth time in school history Ohio has opened a season 5-0.
-A win over Massachusetts would mark the Bobcats 11th win in their last 12 games dating back to last season.
-Place kicker Matt Weller is just 10 points shy of passing former Northern Illinois running back Garrett Wolfe for fifth all-time on the MAC career scoring list.
-Junior captain Tyler Tettleton needs just four touchdown passes to become the school's all-time leader in career touchdown passes.
-Tettleton is just 235 passing yards shy of cracking into the school's all-time top three in career passing yards.
-Tettleton is just 10 completions shy of cracking into the school's all-time top three in career completions.
-Tettleton is also just 55 yards shy of becoming just the fifth individual in school history to collect 5,000 yards-or more of career total offense.
-Junior Beau Blankenship will look to become the first Ohio running back to rush for 100-yards or more in five straight games since Kalvin McRae did so in 2007.
-Wide receiver Donte Foster is just two touchdowns shy of cracking into the all-time top five for career touchdown receptions.

Ohio and Massachusetts will meet for the first time in school history on Saturday at Gillette Stadium.

The Minutemen (0-4) enter Saturday's game after dropping a 27-16 decision at Miami in their first-ever Mid-American Conference contest. Massachusetts' 16 points scored were a season-high. The 2012 season marks the Minutemen's first season at the Football Bowl Subdivision level. Three of the Minutemen's first four games have come against school's that compete in AQ Bowl Championship Series conferences. UMass will play its fourth AQ BCS conference squad on Oct. 27 as it travels to Vanderbilt. Four of the Minutemen's first six games are on the road. Offenisvely for the Minutemen, Michigan transfer Michael Cox leads UMass with 301 rushing yards, while quarterback Mike Wegzyn has a team best 561 yards passing. Defensively for UMass, senior linebacker Perry McIntyre leads the squad with 38 tackles.

-Ohio has outscored its opponent 95-34 in its first two home games this season.
-The attendance of 23,673 is the sixth largest crowd in Peden Stadium history.
-Ohio quarterback Derrius Vick earned his first career start as he replaced starting signal-caller Tyler Tettleton. Prior to Saturday afternoon's game, Tettleton had started 17-consecutive games for the Bobcats.
-In his first career start, Vick threw for 199 yards through the air, going 14-of-20. He also threw four touchdowns and did not throw an interception.
-Wide receiver Donte Foster now has 10 career touchdown receptions which is tied for ninth all-time.