Mark Whipple: UMass’ mistakes are correctable

Last modified: Friday, October 30, 2015
UMass football coach Mark Whipple said he felt better about Saturday’s 15-10 loss to Kent State after watching the tape than he did after experiencing it live.

“It was one of those kind of games. I didn’t feel as bad about it afterwards because it was all correctable,” he said on the Mid-American Conference’s weekly coaches call. “Looking back you always second guess yourself. You should have done this. You should have done that. We should have caught the ball a couple times. Fro (quarterback Blake Frohnapfel) missed a couple throws and we missed a couple blocks.”

Asked by an Ohio writer whether his team took confidence from having played well against Toledo last year, Whipple saw it both ways.

“On offense I hope. We moved the ball and made some plays. Fro played pretty well. On defense we couldn’t hold them,” Whipple said. “I wouldn’t say we’re a confident group right now, but we’ll line up and give it our shot. That’s for sure.”

Whipple said his team knows it has its hands full this week.

“They know where they’re at. We have the best team (in the league) coming in,” he said. “They’re very similar to Temple. We’ll find out what we’re made of. There won’t be any expectations this week.”

TOLEDO CLIMBING — When the Minutemen (1-5) host Toledo (6-0) at 3 p.m. at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough Saturday, the Rockets will be ranked higher than they’ve been since 1997, when they were 18th in both The Associated Press Top 25 and Coaches Poll. The Rockets, ranked 19th and 20, respectively, are one of 14 undefeated teams in the FBS.

Previous UMass opponents Temple (No. 22/24) and Notre Dame (No. 11/10) are also ranked.

LINDSAY HURT — On Monday’s MAC conference call, Whipple said freshman running back Sekai Lindsay was receiving treatment for an undisclosed injury. Whipple didn’t specify the nature or severity. Lindsay was flipped over the head of a Kent defensive tackle Jon Cunningham and landed on his back in what looked like a suplex wrestling move. Lindsay returned to the game afterward the tackle.

BALL STATE AT 1 p.m.— The MAC officially announced the kickoff time for UMass’ Halloween game at Ball State. The teams will play at 1 p.m. on ESPN3.

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