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FIRST AND 10
The Last Meeting
September 29, 2012
-Ohio welcomes Massachusetts for its final game of the regular season. Kickoff is set for Friday at 2 p.m.
-Ohio's matchup vs. Massachusetts will serve as Senior Day. The Bobcats will honor their 19 seniors prior to kickoff.
-Friday afternoon's game will be aired on ESPN3. Ohio has had all of its games aired on television this year. Since 2006, Ohio has made 62 appearances on the ESPN Family of Networks.
-The game also can be heard live on the Ohio IMG Sports Radio Network. "Voice of the Bobcats" Russ Eisenstein, Rob Cornelius and Grant Burkhardt will have the call. Network coverage begins at 1 p.m.
-The Bobcats enter this week's game following their loss at home to Kent State.
-Ohio is bowl eligible for the fifth-consecutive season.
A WIN OVER MASSACHUSETTS WOULD...
-Hand Ohio its second straight win over the Minutemen.
-Improve the Bobcats' all-time record to 2-0 vs. the Minutemen.
-Guarantee a winning record for the fifth-consecutive year and the sixth time in the Frank Solich era.
-Improve Ohio's record at home to 24-7 dating back to the start of the 2009 season.
-Give the Bobcats their fifth home win this year.
-Hand head coach Frank Solich his 124th career win. It would also hand him his 66th career win at Ohio and move him into a sixth-place tie on the all-time MAC coaching wins list with former Kent State head coach Trevor Rees.
-Hand quarterback Tyler Tettleton his 25th win as a starter. Tettleton currently owns a 24-13 mark since taking over as the Bobcats' starting quarterback in 2011.
WHAT TO WATCH FOR
-The Bobcats need just 17 points to crack into the program's all-time top 10 for points in a single season. Since Frank Solich's first season in 2005, the Bobcats have posted five of Ohio's top-10 single season scoring marks.
-Senior running back Beau Blankenship needs just 30 yards, to pass former Bobcat great and current Green Bay Packers scout Chad Brinker for fifth all-time on the all-time career rushing list.
-Quarterback Tyler Tettleton is just one touchdown pass shy of passing former Akron quarterback Charlie Frye for 16th on the MAC all-time career list. Tettleton tied Frye for 16th last week with his second quarter touchdown pass to Mario Dovell.
-Senior wide receiver Donte' Foster needs just 20 yards to crack into the all-time Top 5 for receiving yards gained in a single season.
-Senior punt returner Travis Carrie needs just 55 yards to pass former Bobcat Stafford Owens (2001-04) for first on the all-time career punt return list. Carrie has 646 career punt return yards.
-Field goal kicker Josiah Yazdani needs just one more field goal attempt to meet the minium requirement for the program's highest field goal percentage. Yazdani has not missed a field goal or an extra point this season.
-Freshman defensive lineman Tarell Basham needs just 3.0 sacks to tie the Ohio single-season record.
-As a team, the Bobcats need just two more sacks to crack the all-time top three mark for sacks in a season. The all-time record for sacks in a season is 38. Ohio currently has 30 sacks on the year.
OHIO - MASSACHUSETTS SERIES HISTORY
Ohio and Massachusetts will meet for the just the second time Friday afternoon. The Bobcats won the first all-time meeting a year ago, defeating the Minutemen 37-34 on the road. The game also served as UMass' first Mid-American conference game. Running back Beau Blankenship propelled the Bobcats to victory thanks to a career-high 269 yards rushing.
The Minutemen come into Peden Stadium in the midst of a five-game losing streak. UMass lone win on the year came in the form of a 17-10 victory over Miami. Eleven total freshmen (true & redshirt) have played for the Minutemen this season. All told this season, 41 of the 65 players who have seen action are redshirt sophomores or younger. A total of 21 have started, 15 of whom were sophomores and 6 of whom were freshmen. UMass enters the game averaging 10.6 points per game and is allowing 31.4 points per game.