For just the second time in school history, the University at Buffalo football team will play in a bowl game as the Bulls accepted an invitation to play in the Idaho Famous Potato Bowl on Sunday. UB will face San Diego State out of the Mountain West Conference on Dec. 21 at Bronco Stadium in Boise, ID. The game will kick off at 5:30 pm EST and will air nationally on ESPN.
Buffalo finished the regular season 8-4 and went 6-2 in conference play. The Bulls’ eight regular-season wins were a record in their FBS era and their six conference wins were the most since joining the Mid-American Conference in 1999.
This will be the first ever meeting between UB and San Diego State. The Aztecs finished the regular season 7-5 and went 6-2 in the Mountain West Conference.
UB’s only other bowl appearance was the 2009 International Bowl –a 38-20 loss to Connecticut in Toronto’s Rogers Centre. Buffalo was invited to the 1958 Tangerine Bowl, but declined the invitation after being told two of its African-American players would not be allowed to participate in the game.
“We are excited to be going to the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl. They do a great job with their bowl experience,” UB Director of Athletics Danny White said. “The community really rallies behind it. For us, it’s a big moment. It’s a testament to the work of Coach Quinn and his staff and these student-athletes. They have worked hard to build the program to this point. The key is that we don’t look back. We want to be enjoying this moment every year.”
“It’s been four years in the making. I couldn’t be more proud of this senior class and coaching staff to have this opportunity,” head coach Jeff Quinn said. “We talked about setting our goals towards being a football program that has a November and December tradition. And to be invited to a bowl game when we knew there were more bowl eligible teams, represents the kind of hard work we have invested in ourselves. A chance to play in the Famous Potato Bowl is a great opportunity for our kids.”
Check back to www.ubbulls.com for updates on information surrounding the bowl.
Posted on November 20, 2013 by Patrick Moran
If you’re a native Western New Yorker and not following the UB Bulls by this point, I really don’t know what to tell you. All your missing is one of the more successful UB campaigns in their long history.
The Bulls toyed with Miami (Ohio) Tuesday night on the road, blowing out the Red Hawks 44-7 in their own stadium to improve their record to 8-3 this season and set up a MAC East title showdown with Bowling Green next Friday at Ralph Wilson Stadium.
Their eight wins are the most in a single-season during their entire FBS era.
But it’s far beyond their overall team success that’s blowing my mind for anyone not paying attention. Khalil Mack has emerged not only as one of the best linebackers, but one of the premier players regardless of position in the entire country. This isn’t some senior kid racking up statistics in a small school program that will see his football playing days end in a few more weeks. Nope—Mack is not only an absolute lock, barring injury to continue his career in the NFL next season, but he’ll very likely be doing so as a high first-round draft pick.
Mack had three sacks and three forced fumbles—all in the first half against Miami Tuesday night. In case you live under a rock (or just don’t follow college football locally for some reason) the three forced fumbles shattered the NCAA for most in a career as Mack now has 16. His three sacks moved him within 2.5 tackles for losses of the NCAA career record as well.
This season alone he’s up to 10.5 sacks, 14.5 tackles for losses and has picked off three passes—two that were returned for touchdowns. It’s those numbers that legitimately make him a semifinalist for the Butkus Award—given to the nation’s top linebacker.
Khalil Mack Is Really Good At Football – continue reading…
University at Buffalo quarterback Joe Licata was named the Mid-American Conference East Division Offensive Player of the Week on Monday following his record-breaking performance against Toledo. The sophomore signal caller threw for a school-record 497 yards and four touchdowns against the Rockets.
Licata’s 497 passing yards eclipsed the previous record of 490 set by Cliff Scott against New Haven in 1992. He also broke the school record for completions with 36 and tied the all-time mark with 58 attempts. He tied for seventh in MAC history for single game passing yardage. With the Bulls trailing, 38-0, early in the second half, Licata nearly single-handedly brought the Bulls back as he went 24-of-36 for 382 yards and all four touchdowns in the second half alone.
Licata is having a breakout season for the Bulls. The Williamsville native has completed 179 of 295 passes for 2,235 yards, 20 touchdowns and five interceptions. His 20 touchdowns are second in school history for a single season, trailing only Drew Willy who threw 25 TDs in 2008.
It marks the first time in his career that Licata has garnered MAC Play.
With one home game still remaining, the University at Buffalo has already set a new football season attendance record as the Bulls have posted a paid attendance of 110,192 through the first five home games.
The previous record of 108,118 was set in 2011. This season, the Bulls have averaged 22,038 fans per game, with four games over the 20,000 mark. To put that in perspective, UB had a total of four games of 20,000 or more fans over the past five seasons, combined.
One of UB Athletic Director Danny White’s goals when taking the job last year was to create a vibrant tailgate atmosphere at UB Stadium. His vision resulted in Stampede Square, a family-friendly entertainment area that includes food, games and activities for all ages.
Stampede Square is also the home of the Tailgate Concert Series, which has been a very popular addition to the game day festivities. Each week, award-winning national music acts took the stage to perform. Bands such as Kool and the Gang, Blues Traveler and Randy Houser rocked Stamped Square in the hours leading up to kick off.
UB Football Shatters Attendance Record – continue reading…
First-year head coach Bobby Hurley has announced his signing class for the 2014-15 season, which includes one ESPN Top 150 player amongst the three-man class.
The group begins with 6-1 guard Lamonte Bearden out of Germantown, Wisconsin. Bearden is listed as four-star recruit and the No. 22 best point guard in the country by Scout.com and has also received four stars from ESPN Recruiting Services. Bearden’s Germantown team went a perfect 28-0 last season and was the Division I state champions, as he averaged 13.1 points per game. Most recently, Bearden was named a Platinum Division First Team selection at the annual Breakfast of Champions Fall Basketball League.
“We are thrilled to welcome Lamonte to the UB basketball program,” said Hurley. “Lamonte is a 4 star recruit and a top 150 talent and he is an elite point guard with great court vision and feel for the game. He is also a winner leading Germantown High School to a 56 game winning streak and state title last season”
Mory Diane, a 6-3 shooting guard, committed to the Bulls from Detroit, MI and is his playing his senior season at Pershing High School. Listed by ESPN Recruiting Services as the 11th best player in the state, Diane has played varsity since his freshman season at Country Day High School and is a 43% shooter, including 35% from long range. Diane averaged 11.9 points per game last season as a junior, including 23 points in the second game of the season against Ferndale.
UB Hoops Signs Three For 2014-15 – continue reading…
The Niagara men’s basketball team officially opened its 2013-14 home schedule by holding off Big 4 rival Buffalo, 92-81, on Wednesday night.
Niagara (1-1) has now won six of its last seven home openers and improves to 4-1 against UB (0-2) in home openers since 1979. The Purple Eagles, who led as much as 16 points late in the first half, held off a late Bulls’ run in the second half en route to their first win over UB since Nov. 25, 2008 and their first in the Gallagher Center since Nov. 20, 2007.
“It was a hard fought game and we were fortunate,” said head coach Chris Casey, who earned his first win at Niagara. “We made one or two more plays and one or two more free throws and came out on the positive end of a very, very hard fought game.”
After trailing in the early minutes, Niagara went on a 14-3 run to lead 16-8 after 12 minutes. The Purple Eagles’ lead grew to 16 points after a free throw by Tahjere McCall with 20 seconds left in the half as NU went into the half leading 47-33. NU shot 43 percent from the field and 87 percent from the charity strip. Junior Antoine Mason and freshman Ramone Snowden were already in double figures by the half with 13 and 10, respectively.
Niagara Upsets UB In Men’s Hoops – continue reading…
Joe Licata threw for a school-record 497 yards and four touchdowns, but it wasn’t enough as the University at Buffalo football team had its seven-game winning streak snapped by Toledo, 51-41, at the Glass Bowl on Tuesday night.
Toledo (7-3, 5-1 MAC) jumped on the Bulls early and it looked like the Rockets were going to win the game easily. Toledo piled up 350 yards of total offense in the first half and took a 31-0 lead to the locker room at halftime.
But like they’ve done all season, the Bulls bounced back in the second half. Licata threw for 382 yards and all four touchdowns in the second half alone. Trailing 38-0, Licata got the Bulls on the board with a 19-yard touchdown to Fred Lee. The senior receiver had a career game himself finishing with eight catches for 110 yards – both career highs.
Branden Oliver finished with 102 yards rushing, for his sixth straight 100-yard game. The senior running back scored on a six-yard touchdown run to cut the deficit to 38-14.
After a Toledo field goal, Licata hooked up with his favorite target Alex Neutz on his first of two touchdowns. Licata found Neutz in the corner of the endzone for a 17-yard touchdown to cut the lead to 41-21 with 10:03 left in the fourth quarter. Toledo answered with a touchdown before Licata connected with Neutz again. This time it was a quick out that Neutz was able to catch, elude two defenders and race 22 yards to the endzone. Neutz finished with eight catches for 168 yards and two touchdowns. He now owns the school record for touchdowns in a career with 30.
Miserable First Half Costs UB At Toledo – continue reading…
For 30 minutes on Friday night, the University at Buffalo men’s basketball team hung with its SEC foe, but the Bulls were badly outscored over the final 10 minutes, 25-6 as they fell to Texas A&M, 82-58. Friday night’s game was the first for head coach Bobby Hurley.
The Bulls got out to a quick start as they built an eight-point first half lead off strong defense and easy looks at the basket. A three-pointer from newcomer Joshua Freelove and a jumper from senior Javon McCrea put the Bulls ahead 25-17 with 6:34 remaining in the opening half. However, from there the Aggies went on a 22-6 run to take a 39-31 lead into the half.
Buffalo fought its way back as it opened the second half on an 8-1 run, capped off on a three-pointer from junior Will Regan, but the Aggies again found a six-point lead at, 48-42. But the Bulls answered one more time, scoring seven straight points, the final three capped off on a fast-break steal and thunderous dunk from Freelove, who was fouled in the process. The run gave the Bulls a 49-48 lead, but it would be their final lead of the night. Texas A&M scored five straight points to regain the lead. Sophomore newcomer Justin Moss than scored two points on a dunk with 9:48, which proved to be UB’s final field goal of the night. The Bulls scored four final points from the free throw line.
“I thought we did a pretty good job defensively in the first half,” said Hurley. “We just had some breakdowns late in the half and there is big difference heading into the locker room down two or up two and then down eight and we just didn’t play well over the final three minutes. Offensively, our guys are still learning the new system and our field goal percentage wasn’t nearly where we would have liked it to be tonight.”
2nd Half Dooms UB Hoops In Season Opening Loss – continue reading…
The national honors continue for University at Buffalo linebacker Khalil Mack as he has been invited to play in the Reese’s Senior Bowl. Mack joins Gerry Philbin (1964) as just the second UB player to earn an invitation to the prestigious game.
The Senior Bowl is college football’s premier senior showcase event. It annually features the country’s best senior collegiate football players and top NFL draft prospects on teams representing the North and South that are coached by the entire coaching staffs of two National Football League teams.
“This is a special honor for Khalil, his teammates and our football program,” head coach Jeff Quinn said. “Khalil is a high-achieving person in his personal life, as a football player and as a student and I couldn’t be more proud of him.”
Mack leads Buffalo with 59 tackles (34 solo), 11.5 tackles for loss, 7.5 sacks and three interceptions. He leads the Mid-American Conference in tackles for loss and sacks. He currently ranks third in NCAA history with 67.5 career tackles for loss and his 13 career forced fumbles is one shy of the NCAA record.
The Reese’s Senior Bowl will be played on January 25, 2014 at Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile, AL.
Posted on November 6, 2013 by Patrick Moran
When it comes to their sports teams Buffalo has been screwed over more times than most care to remember, so don’t expect sympathy for Ohio to seep out of Western New York. Still, that doesn’t change the fact a call last night at UB Stadium that benefited Buffalo wasn’t arguably the worst in the history of college football, if not any sport ever played.
With UB leading Ohio Tuesday night, 7-3 early in the third quarter of a nationally televised game, Ohio quarterback Tyler Tettleton took a snap at his own 22 yard line and proceeded to run backwards for his life as a trio of Bulls defenders, including Khalil Mack chased in hot pursuit. Tettleon threw the ball away, not past the line of scrimmage and the play was ruled a safety after the referee determined the play occurred with Tettleton in possession of the ball in the end zone.
As you, or anyone with a functional set of eyes can see, the play should not have been a safety. In fact, it wasn’t even close. Tettleton clearly gets rid of the ball on about the four yard line. I mean, I could see if the ball was inside the one, but multiple yards out with the referee, as evidenced by the photo having a clear view of things?
By rule, the spot of the throw wasn’t reviewable and the call stood. How that happens in this day and age of football and technology is completely beyond me.
UB would go up, 9-3 and score on their ensuing possession en route to a 30-3 shellacking of the Bobcats. It’s great for Buffalo and the Bulls almost certainly would’ve eventually pulled away regardless of the play as they were clearly the better team on this night, but holy horrendous call, Mr. Referee guy.
The University at Buffalo football team saved its best all-around performance of the season for the national stage as the Bulls defeated Ohio, 30-3, at UB Stadium on Tuesday night on ESPN2 in a showdown of two 6-2 teams. Branden Oliver set a Division I era school record with a career-best 249 yards rushing and two touchdowns to lead the Bulls to their seventh straight win.
Oliver outgained the entire Ohio team as the UB defense held the Bobcats to a season-low 233 yards of total offense. It was his fourth career 200-yard game.
“I just knew that these kids were ready to play, and they certainly showed that out on that football field for four quarters,” head coach Jeff Quinn said. “I thought our defense again came up big, Bo (Oliver) had more yards rushing than they had in total offense, which says a lot about our football team. If you have a great defense, you have a chance to win a lot of football games, and that has been the formula for our success right now.”
After a scoreless first quarter, the Bulls did what they’ve done all season – capitalized on a forced turnover.Khalil Mack forced and recovered a fumble and the Bulls drove 72 yards on just six plays for the game’s first score. Oliver took the direct snap and scored from two yards out with 12:24 left in the second quarter to give the Bulls a 7-0 lead.
Ohio kicked a late field goal to make the score 7-3 and bring a quiet first half to an end.
UB Dominates On National TV – continue reading…
A day after being named a semifinalist for the Butkus Award, University at Buffalo senior linebacker Khalil Mack was named a semifinalist for the Chuck Bednarik Award, given to the nation’s top defensive player, on Tuesday.
Mack is one of 16 semifinalists and six linebackers on the list. He is the first player in school history to be named a semifinalist for the Bednarik Award.
Mack leads Buffalo with 54 tackles (32 solo), 11 tackles for loss, seven sacks and three interceptions. Mack leads the Mid-American Conference in tackles for loss and sacks. He currently ranks third in NCAA history with 67 career tackles for loss.
The winner of the 19th Chuck Bednarik Award will be announced as part of the Home Depot College Football Awards Show which will be broadcast on ESPN on December 12, 2013. Three finalists for the award will be announced on November 25, 2013 and a second round of voting will take place at that time. The formal presentation of these awards will be made at the Maxwell Football Club’s Awards Dinner on Friday, February 28, 2014 in Atlantic City, New Jersey.
On Monday, Mack was named a semifinalist for the Butkus Award – given to the nation’s top linebacker.
University at Buffalo standout Khalil Mack was named a semifinalist for the Butkus Award honoring the nation’s top linebacker on Monday by the Butkus Foundation. He is one of 12 semifinalists for the award.
Mack leads Buffalo with 54 tackles (32 solo), 11 tackles for loss, seven sacks and three interceptions. Mack leads the Mid-American Conference in tackles for loss and sacks. He currently ranks third in NCAA history with 67 career tackles for loss.
Mack is the first player in school history to be named a semifinalist for the Butkus Award.
Finalists will be announced November 26 and the winner will be announced by December 10.
The Butkus Award honors outstanding linebackers at three levels of play, while spreading the word about the I Play Clean™ initiative, which encourages teens to eat well, train hard, and play smart, instead of resorting to performance-enhancing drugs. More information is available at www.iplayclean.org
“This Award is about honoring linebackers at all levels, and reminding them that they have a responsibility to serve as role models and to give back to society,” said Dick Butkus, the legendary Pro Football Hall of Fame linebacker.
Mack Named Semifinalist for the Butkus Award – continue reading…
Led by a career-high four touchdown runs from senior tailback Branden Oliver, the University at Buffalo football team won its sixth straight game, defeating Kent State, 41-21. The win improved the Bulls to 6-2, making it bowl eligible for just the second time as a FBS program.
“This is probably the most exciting time to be a UB Bull,” said head coach Jeff Quinn. “I couldn’t be more proud of how this football team has responded. We challenged them all week; we know we had to come on the road against a very good Kent State team. Give Kent State a lot of credit, they played hard, they have a lot of good football players, but our guys weren’t going to be denied today. We knew the challenge and to be able to do it on the road against the defending MAC East champions say a lot about our football team.”
Oliver continued his tear in conference action on Saturday afternoon as he finished the game with 185 rushing yards and scored on four straight UB touchdowns. With his 100-yard effort, Oliver has now rushed for over 100 yards on the ground in all four conference games and now has a school record 16 games breaking the 100 yard plateau. The four touchdown runs are a Division I-A record and the most by a Buffalo player since Anthony Swan in 1996.
Bulls Become Bowl Eligible With Sixth Straight Victory – continue reading…
For the second time this season, University at Buffalo safety Adam Redden has been named the Mid-American Conference East Division Defensive Player of the Week. It marks the fourth straight week a UB player has garnered conference player of the week honors.
Redden led another stellar defensive effort for the Bulls. The junior safety had a game-high 12 tackles, including two for a loss and a half sack. He also recovered a fumble and recorded a pass breakup. Late in the third quarter he made the initial hit that resulted in a safety that extended UB’s lead to 18-3. He spearheaded a defense unit that didn’t allow a touchdown for the second straight game.
It is the second time this season Redden has been named MAC Defensive Player of the Week. He also took home the honor after the Bulls defeated Connecticut on Sept. 28.
Redden is having a breakout season for the Bulls. The Amherst native and St. Francis grad leads the Bulls with 49 tackles and has 8.5 tackles for loss, 3.5 sacks, a forced fumble and three fumble recoveries this season.
University at Buffalo senior defensive end Colby Way was named the Mid-American Conference East Division Defensive Player of the Week on Monday after his performance in the Bulls’ 33-0 win over Western Michigan on Saturday.
Way had a career-high three sacks to lead UB’s defensive unit to its second ever shutout of a MAC opponent and the first road shutout since 1965. The senior defensive end had four total tackles in the game, but it was his timely sacks that played a huge part in the Bulls’ shutout. In the first quarter, with the Bulls leading 6-0, Way had two sacks on the same drive that helped move the Broncos from the UB 19-yard line to out of field goal range. In the third quarter, with Buffalo leading 9-0, Way had asack for a loss of 15 yards that moved the ball from the UB 43 to the Western Michigan 42, forcing another punt.
Way is now tied for the team lead with five sacks (all solo) and ranks second with 7.5 tackles for loss. He has moved into ninth in school history with 15 career sacks.
It is the second time Way has been named the Defensive Player of the Week. He also took home the honor after having a pair of sacks against Georgia last season.
Buffalo returns home to host Massachusetts onSaturday at 3:30 pm at UB Stadium.
After a season-best performance in Saturday’s win over Eastern Michigan, senior running back Branden Oliver was named the Mid-American Conference East Division’s Offensive Player of the Week. This is the third career weekly honor for Oliver, and he is the fourth different UB player to earn recognition from the conference this season.
Oliver rushed for a season-high 150 yards and two touchdowns in UB’s 42-14 win over Eastern Michigan on Saturday. Oliver played in just three quarters due to UB’s large lead, but when he was in the game he averaged 6.0 yards per rush. Oliver set the tone early, as he ripped off a 60-yd touchdown run on third and long during Buffalo’s opening drive, and the Bulls never looked back. He would then punch in another touchdown on a goal-line possession to open up a 14-0 lead for the Bulls. He would also haul in three catches in the passing game, going for 32 yards.
Also honored this week was sophomore Devin Campbell, who had his best game as a return man in UB’s 42-14 win over Eastern Michigan, including a 96-yd kickoff return for a touchdown. He was honored Monday as the National Kickoff Returner of the Week by College Football Performance Awards.
It was Buffalo’s first kick return for a touchdown since 2008 and it was the longest return by a Buffalo player in UB Stadium history. Campbell also had a 31-yd kickoff return to open the second half. It was an all-around solid day for the tailback, who added 26 yards receiving and added a rushing touchdown.
The Bulls will hit the road this week, traveling to Western Michigan to face the Broncos for a 2 pm game. Fans can follow along on 1270 AM WFAN, or on ESPN3.com.
For the second straight week, the University at Buffalo football team cruised to a victory – defeating Eastern Michigan, 42-14, in its Mid-American Conference opener at UB Stadium on Saturday afternoon. A homecoming crowd of 23,602 witnessed the Bulls improve to 3-2 and extend their home winning streak to five – their longest since the 1983 season.
“The effort was excellent today in all three phases,” head coach Jeff Quinn said. “Our coaching job did a tremendous job in preparation. To beat this team was just another important step for us to accomplish the goals that we set for ourselves this season.”
Branden Oliver rushed for a season-high 150 yards and two touchdowns. The senior running back set the tone early when, on the Bulls’ sixth offensive play, he broke off a 60-yard touchdown run to give UB a 7-0 lead. It was Oliver’s 13th career 100-yard game – tying the school record held by Anthony Swan (1994-97).
After the teams traded punts, Jake Stockman forced the game’s first turnover. The junior linebacker forced and recovered a fumble at the EMU 18-yard line. Oliver scored his second touchdown of the game on a 2-yard plunge to give UB a 14-0 lead late in the first quarter.
UB Romps Eastern Michigan – continue reading…
Senior forward Javon McCrea has been named to the 2013 Lou Henson preseason All-America team, the organization announced earlier this week. The Lou Henson Award is presented annually to the top Mid-Major player in Division I college basketball. The award is named in honor of Lou Henson who retired after a spectacular coaching career that lasted 41 years.
McCrea enters his final season fifth in school history in career scoring with 1,467 points after a junior campaign where he became the school’s single-season scoring leader. McCrea is a two-time first-team All-MAC selection and he is one of three players from the Mid-American Conference on the list. Last year McCrea finished second in the MAC in scoring (18.0), tied for third in rebounding (7.9), third in field goal percentage (.557), and second in blocked shots (89).
Over the summer, McCrea was one of 30 college participants at the adidas Nations Basketball Experience where he served as a counselor for some of the top high school prospects in the world and he competed against some of the best college players.
Fans will have their first chance to see McCrea and first-year head coach Bobby Hurley on Oct. 19 as the Bulls will hold an open practice prior to UB’s football game against UMass. On Oct. 25, McCrea and his teammates will show off their skills as part of Bulls Madness, which will take place in Alumni Arena.
Posted on September 30, 2013 by Patrick Moran
Apparently having your football team get blown out by the University at Buffalo is a ticket to get your head coach fired. That especially holds true when current UConn Athletic Director, Warde Manuel, is the former UB Athletic Director.
Such is the case with Paul Pasqualoni, who got the pink slip on the heels of the Bulls 41-12 destruction of the Huskies in Buffalo Saturday afternoon.
Huskies beat writer Desmond Conner reports Pasqualoni has been given his pink slip after UConn fell to 0-4 following the embarrassingly lopsided loss to UB.
Pasqualoni was in his third year as head coach at UConn, going 5-7 during each of his first two seasons. Of course Syracuse fans remember that Pasqualoni spent 14 seasons as head coach of the Orangmen, compiling a record of 107-59-1 and leading Syracuse to nine bowl games.
Pasqualoni also spent time in the NFL as an assistant with the Dallas Cowboys for three years and two more seasons with the Miami Dolphins.
Following UB’s win Saturday, head coach Jeff Quinn called the victory a “program builder.” Quite apparently for Pasqualoni, losing to the Bulls was a deal breaker.
The University at Buffalo football team dominated the visiting Connecticut Huskies in every facet of the game in a 41-12 victory at a sun-drenched UB Stadium on Saturday afternoon. A second straight 20,000+ crowd witnessed the Bulls offense score a season-high 41 points and a UB defense force four turnovers.
“It’s a program builder,” head coach Jeff Quinn said of his team’s win. “In all three phases it was a complete performance. I was really impressed with our front seven defensively to put pressure on their quarterback. Our kids fed off it, and without a doubt every single player on that field was ready to go out there and prove that they could beat a very good football team in UConn.”
Today’s win was just the second over a BCS automatic qualifying program in school history and the first since the Bulls defeated Rutgers in 2002.
The defense held the Huskies to 220 total yards and set the tone early when, on the third play of the game, Adam Redden stripped UConn quarterback Chandler Whitmer of the ball and recovered it himself at the Huskies’ 8-yard line. Five plays later, Joe Licata found Mason Schreck in the endzone for a 5-yard touchdown pass and the Bulls quickly led 7-0. It was Schreck’s first career touchdown.
UB Dominates UConn in 41-12 Victory – continue reading…
Posted on September 7, 2013 by Patrick Moran
The UB Bulls took the field Saturday afternoon in Texas with a kickoff temperature of 98 degrees; the highest UB’s ever played in. Playing against national power Baylor, the Bulls proceeded to put on arguably one of their worst performances in franchise history.
Baylor literally did what they want against UB, particular on offense as they rolled to a hard to fathom 70-13 victory.
Baylor piled up 501 total yards in the first half along en route to a 56-13 lead and by the time it was over amassed a school-record 781 yards from scrimmage.
Incredibly UB actually had a 7-0 lead after a one-yard touchdown run by Brandon Oliver and later trailed late in the first quarter just 21-13 on a four-yard touchdown grab by Alex Neutz before the wheels completely fell off.
And they did so rather quickly.
UB Humiliated At Baylor – continue reading…
After a standout performance against the second-ranked Ohio State Buckeyes, that put him in the national spotlight, senior linebacker Khalil Mack was named the Mid-American Conference East Division Defensive Player of the Week on Monday.
Mack was making plays all over the field on Saturday in UB’s season opener. He finished with a game-high nine tackles, tied a career high with 2.5 sacks and added an interception that he returned 45 yards for a touchdown.
He increased his career tackles for loss total to 58.5 – moving him into 12th place in NCAA history. Mack is now 16.5 shy of the all-time record of 75 held by Jason Babin.
It is the fifth time in his career Mack has won the award.
Playing in front of 103,980 fans at the famed Horseshoe, the University at Buffalo football team put more than a scare in the second-ranked Ohio State Buckeyes, losing 40-20, on Saturday afternoon. After falling behind, 23-0 in the first quarter, the Bulls outscored the Buckeyes, 20-17, the rest of the way.
Playing on ESPN2, the nation got their first look at the 2013 version of Khalil Mack and the senior linebacker didn’t disappoint. Mack finished with nine tackles, 2.5 sacks and returned an interception 45 yards for a touchdown. He led a UB defense that had nine tackles for loss and four sacks on the afternoon.
Joe Licata looked comfortable under center for the Bulls. The sophomore quarterback finished 19-for-32 for 185 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Licata found Matt Weiser on a crossing pattern from 16 yards out for the Bulls first score to make the score 23-7. It was the sophomore tight ends first career touchdown.
On the ensuing possession, Mack took matters into his own hands as the standout linebacker intercepted the Braxton Miller pass and raced 45 yards to the endzone for his first career touchdown. The two-point conversion failed and the Bulls trailed 23-13 with 7:10 left in the half.
UB Holds Own At Powerhouse Ohio State – continue reading…
Posted on August 27, 2013 by University at Buffalo
After Summer league seasons in which multiple league records were set, sophomore Tyler Mautner and junior Mike Burke have been named to The Perfect Game’s Summer College All-America Team. Drawing from 27 different college summer leagues, Mautner was named one of just three third basemen on the team, and Burke was one of 13 starting pitchers on the team.
Mautner won the Far West League’s Triple Crown, and was also named the league’s Player of the Year. Competing for Top Speed Baseball, he batted .390 with 13 home runs and 57 runs batted in over 57 games to earn the triple crown honors. Added to that he hit 26 doubles on the heels of setting the UB single season record in 2013. He now owns all-time records in at bats, hits, RBI, doubles, and home runs for Top Speed. His team would finish with a 42-15 overall record and lost in the league’s championship game. He is also an All-League and All-Star team member.
Burke had a standout season for the Holyoke Blue Sox of the New England Collegiate Baseball League, serving predominantly as a starting pitcher. He led the league with 65 innings pitched, almost 30 more innings than the second place pitcher. He also put up a miniscule 0.55 earned run average, with 56 strikeouts and just nine walks allowed in that span. He ended the season with three straight complete game performances, including a 4-2 win in the playoffs. He was named the league’s pitcher of the week on a pair of occasions, and also made the All-Star team. In the postseason awards for the NECBL, Burke earned the Robin Roberts Award, recognizing the league’s top pitcher.