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Indiana quarterback Tre Roberson completed 26 of 36 passes last week, throwing to 10 different receivers. The Hoosiers will need a similar effort against UMass today.

College football preview: Indiana at Massachusetts

When: 3:30 p.m. today

Where: Gillette Stadium (68,756/FieldTurf), Foxborough, Mass.

Radio: 1250 AM, 102.7 FM

TV: ESPN3

Records: Indiana 1-0, Massachusetts 0-1

Line: Indiana by 14

Series: First meeting

Indiana

Offensive statistics

Points per game: 24 (T-61st in NCAA)

Yards per game: 451 (41st)

Passing yards per game: 280 (32nd)

Rushing yards per game: 171 (54th)

Defensive statistics

Points per game: 17 (T-36th)

Yards per game: 387 (66th)

Passing yards per game: 211 (56th)

Rushing yards per game: 176 (70th)

Keys

Top 3 offensive players: QB Tre Roberson 280 passing yards, 1 TD; RB D’Angelo Roberts 67 rushing yards; WR Shane Wynn 95 receiving yards, 1 TD

Top 3 defensive players: DT Adam Replogle 6 tackles, 1 sack; DT Larry Black Jr. 4 tackles, 2 sacks; S Drew Hardin 8 tackles

Keys to victory: Roberson has to continue to show the accuracy he showcased in the opener when he completed 26 of 36 passes (72.2 percent). Ten players had catches, and now Kofi Hughes returns to the mix after missing the opener because of a suspension. It will be the first Football Bowl Subdivision home game for UMass, so IU will want to try to score early to take the crowd out of the game.

Injuries: OL Charlie Chapman (concussion) questionable

Massachusetts

Offensive statistics

Points per game: 0 (rankings unavailable, listed under Reclassifying/Provisional)

Yards per game: 59

Passing yards per game: 56

Rushing yards per game: 3

Defensive statistics

Points per game: 37

Yards per game: 372

Passing yards per game: 225

Rushing yards per game: 147

Keys

Top 3 offensive players: QB Mike Wegzyn 56 passing yards, 2 INTs; RB Chris Burns 17 rushing yards; WR Marken Michel 14 receiving yards

Top 3 defensive players: LB Perry McIntyre 12 tackles; LB Greg Hilliard 5 tackles, CB Antoine Tharpe 5 tackles, 1 INT

Keys to victory: UMass has to show some signs of life on offense under first-year coach Charley Molnar, who was Notre Dame’s offensive coordinator the past two seasons. Whether it’s though the air with Wegzyn or on the ground, another dismal day on offense could mean a long day for the defense.

Injuries: SS Ed Saint Vil (leg), OL Anthony Dima OL (leg), out; SS Christian Brit (leg), doubtful

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