The Cardinals, host UMass in the other game. UMass put an early scare into scare into Toledo last week before a furious Rockets comeback emphatically ended the upset bid.
Akron had last week off to regroup after getting pummeled by MAC East leader Bowling Green Oct. 17.
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Saturday, Oct. 31, 1 p.m.
Scheumann Stadium, Muncie, IND
UMass Minutemen (1-6, 0-3 MAC)
-- The Minutemen are still looking for their first MAC win of 2015, which is their last year in the Mid-American Conference.
-- UMass used three Phillip Ely interceptions (just one less than he had thrown for the entire season) to build up a 28-10 halftime lead on the home turf. Toledo, ranked No. 19 in the AP poll, came storming back after intermission, outscoring the hosts 37-7 to secure the win.
-- The Minutemen rely heavily on quarterback Blake Frohnapfel and the passing game. The Minutemen are second (MAC) in passing offense (315.0 ypg). Frohnapfel is third in passing yards (290.6 ypg) and eighth in pass efficiency.
-- Receiver Tajae Sharpe tops the conference in receptions (11.0 rpg) and is second in receiving yards (1328.1 ypg).
-- Senior LB Jovan Santos-Knox ranks second tackles (11.4 per game).
-- UMass is 10th in scoring offense (24.4 ppg) and 12th in scoring defense (39.6 ppg).
-- The Minutemen are ranked 12th in rushing offense (105.1 ypg) and are averaging 3.9 yards per carry).
-- UMass is 10th in pass defense efficiency and 12th in rushing defense (235.7 ypg).
Ball State Cardinals (2-6, 1-3 MAC)
- The Cardinals record is somewhat deceptive in terms of competitiveness. For example, BSU lost to No. 17 Northwetern, 24-19. In addition to the recent loss the Central Michigan, Ball State dropped a 59-41 decision to Northern Illinois and fell 24-10 against Toledo.
-- Freshman quarterback Riley Neal completed 25 of 40 passes for 187 yards with one TD against Central Michigan. He has 11 touchdowns and two interceptions on the campaign. He ranks eighth (MAC) in passing yards (217.4 ypg).
-- Receiver Jordan Williams is fourth (MAC) in receiving yards (86.6 ypg) and is fourth in receptions (6.5 rpg).
-- Linebackers Sean Wiggens and Ben Ingle are tied for No. 16 (MAC) in tackles (60/7.5 tpg)
-- Ball State is eighth in scoring offense (26.1 ppg) and 10th in scoring defense (33.8 ppg).
-- The Cardinals are sixth in rushing offense (166.2 ypg). and seventh in pass offense (233.1 ypg). Darian Green leads the Cardinals in rushing and is eighth among MAC runners with a 73.8 ypg average. he is also fifth in kick return average (22.2 ypr).
-- Defensively, BSU is 10th against the run (186.2 ypg) and last (13th) in defending the pass (298.0 ypg).