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    UMass vs. Mississippi State football preview

    Massachusetts's Ross Comis (2) powers the ball up field as Appalachian State's Caleb Fuller, left, Myquon Stout attempt to bring him down during the first quarter of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Oct. 28, 2017, in Amherst, Mass. (J. Anthony Roberts/The Republican via AP)
    J. Anthony Roberts/The Republican via AP
    UMass QB Ross Comis helped lead UMass past Appalachian State last weekend.

     When, where: Saturday, noon at Davis Wade Stadium, Starkville, Miss.

     TV, radio: SEC Network, WEEI-FM 95.9 and 105.5.

     Records: UMass 2-6; Mississippi State 6-2.


     Head to head: This is just the second matchup between the programs. Mississippi State won, 47-35, on Sept. 24, 2016, in Foxborough, Mass.

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     Offensive leaders: UMass — QB Andrew Ford, (1,990 yards, 13 TDs, 3 INTs); QB Ross Comis (380 yards, 3 TDs); RB Marquis Young (590 yards, 7 TDs); RB Bilal Ally (306 yards, 3 TDs); WR Andy Isabella (531 yards, 4TDs); WR Sadiq Palmer (411 yards, 1 TD); TE Adam Breneman (605 yards, 3 TDs).

    Mississippi State — QB Nick Fitzgerald (1,320 yards, 13 TDs, 8 INTs, 666 rushing yards, 10 rushing TDs); RB Aeris Williams (662 yards, 2 TDs); WR Keith Mixon (255 yards, 1 TD); WR Donald Gray (214 yards, 3 TDs).

     Of note: Mississippi State is ranked No. 21 in the Associated Press poll . . . Ford, a junior, was taken off the field on a stretcher after suffering a neck injury in last week’s win over Appalachian State. According to UMass, Ford was released from the hospital last Saturday evening “in good spirits,” but the university did not comment on his status for this week’s game . . . UMass kicker Logan Laurent won this week’s Gold Helmet Award from the New England Football Writers Association after hitting the winning 36-yard field goal in double overtime. Laurent was 3 for 3 on field goals, and his 45-yarder tied the game with five seconds left in regulation . . . Young has rushed for more than 100 yards in each of his last two games.