After opening the 2012 campaign with a 24-17 victory over Indiana State, the Indiana football team (1-0) hits the road for the first time to take on Massachusetts (0-1). Kickoff is set for 3:30 p.m. EDT and ESPN3 will broadcast the game, which will be played at Gillette Stadium, home of the New England Patriots.
UMass dropped its season opener at Connecticut, 37-0, on Thursday, Aug. 30. The Minutemen are in their first season as an FBS program and reside in the Mid-American Conference's East Division.
Indiana and Massachusetts will meet for the first time on Saturday.
This is the third straight season the Hoosiers have played in an NFL stadium. IU met Penn State at FedExField (Washington) in 2010 and faced Ball State at Lucas Oil Stadium (Indianapolis) last year.
Indiana owns a 35-7-1 (.823) all-time mark against Mid-American Conference opponents.
The Hoosiers are 22-9 (.710) in regular-season non-conference games since the start of the 2004 season.
Sophomore Tre Roberson threw for a career-high 280 yards, completed 26-of-36 (72.2 percent), passed for one score, rushed for another and finished with 299 yards of total offense in the Hoosiers win over Indiana State.
Roberson spread the ball around to 10 receivers, with sophomore Shane Wynn posting career bests with six receptions for 95 yards. The duo connected on a 71-yard touchdown for the Hoosiers first score of 2012.
Sophomore safety Drew Hardin led IU with eight tackles and recovered his first career fumble.
Indiana showed gains from 2011 in three important statistical categories against Indiana State:
The Hoosiers recorded five sacks and seven tackles for loss. IU only had 18 sacks all of last season, reached seven TFLs three times and averaged 5.0 per game.
IU did not allow a sack after surrendering 31 last season. Indiana allowed at least one sack in each of its 12 games in 2011.
Sophomore cornerback Brian Williams picked off his first career pass to stall an ISU drive in the fourth quarter and junior linebacker Griffen Dahlstrom forced his first career fumble, recovered by sophomore safety Drew Hardin (first career), in the third.
Indiana recorded just five interceptions in 2011 and forced multiple turnovers in five games.
The Hoosiers did not commit a turnover, something they did twice last year, and won the turnover battle, something they did four times a season ago.
IU converted 10-of-20 (50.0 percent) and held the Sycamores to 3-of-12 (25.0) on third down. In 2011, Indiana had a 40.8 conversion rate compared to a 49.4 conversion rate for its opponents.
Sophomore Tre Roberson completed 11 passes (to seven receivers) in 13 attempts (84.6 percent) for 87 yards on third down, converting eight for first downs.
He also converted a pair of first downs with his legs, including a 1-yard touchdown run on third-and-goal.
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