Gillette Stadium; Foxboro, Mass
The Toledo Rockets bring a perfect 6-0 record and No. 19/20 national ranking to Foxboro. UT is off to its best start in 18 years.
UMass, meanwhile, is seeking its first Mid-American Conference win in its final season as a MAC member.
The Minutemen’s only victory this year came against Florida International back on Oct. 3. After scoring 38 points in a 62-38 loss to Bowling Green the following week, UMass dropped a 15-10 defensive battle at home to Kent State last week.
Toledo leads the series, 3-1, and pulled out a 42-35 win last year at the Glass Bowl.
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>> Toledo’s ranks No. 1 (MAC) in scoring defense. It is second in pass defense efficiency. Massachusett’s strength is passing the football, so it should be an interesting matchup.
>> UT is coming off a 63-20 drubbing of Eastern Michigan. The 63 points were a season high.
>> Quarterback Phillip Ely connected on 18 of 27 for 327 yards and four TDs with no interceptions. Ely ranks eighth in pass efficiency and is seventh in total offense (250.6 ypg). Ely has completed 55.3 percent of his passes this season, with 10 scores and four interceptions. He has not been sacked this season.
>> Toledo has three back in the top 10 of MAC rushing stats. Sophomore running back Terry Swanson is third (94.4 ypg), Kareem Hunt is sixth (86.3 ypg) and Damion Jones-Moore is 10th (65.2 ypg). The latter is questionable for Saturday.
>> Swanson refers to UT’s “committee” rushing threat as the “Justice League.”
>> Hunt rushed for 198 yards against UMass last year, as UT rallief from a 13-point first-half deficit to defeat the Mnutemen, 42-35. Swanson scored the winning TD from 19 yards out with 34 seconds remaining as UMass elected to let Swanson score. Toledo intercepted a Blake Frohnapfel pass with five seconds left to close the win.
>> Corey Jones leads UT receivers with 31 catches. Cody Thompason has 16 receptions for a team-high 374 yards.
>> Kicker Jameson Vest has converted 9 of 13 field goals and all 25 PATs.
>> Jaylen Coleman is the Rockets’ top tackler (48 stops). Orion Jones tops UT defenders with nine TFL.
MASSACHUSETTS (1-5, 0-2 MAC)
>> Quarterback Blake Frohnapfel is probable for Saturday. He is the backbone of the Minutemen’s offense. The senior is second in passing yards (299.0 ypg) and ninth in pass efficiency. He has completed 58.9 percent of his passes thus far with 10 TDs and five interceptions.
>> Frohnapfel has been sacked 16 times for losses totalying 104 yards.
>> Senior receiver Tajae Sharpe tops the MAC with 10.8 receptions per game. He is second in receiving yards (123.0 ypg).
>> Senior linebacker Jovan Santos-Knox ranks second among MAC defenders in tackles (9.8 tpg). He has a total of 59 through six contests.
>> Logan Laurent has converted 3 of 5 field goals with a long of 48. He hit 9 of 9 extra points.