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NCAA closes case on Binghamton

Bilde ---Binghamton was notified by the NCAA that no violations were found in the on-going investigation into suspended coach Kevin Broadus, pictured right. The NCAA is closing its case on the school and no punishments will be handed down. Broadus is looking to move forward from the investigation, but he won't be doing it at Binghamton and he plans to file a lawsuit. Former Temple All-American Mark Macon will continue to serve as the interim coach. My sources tell me the Broadus will likely return to Georgetown, where the Hoyas recruiting has suffered since he left for Binghamton.

---Hear that buzz? The sound is coming from NYC where new coaches at St. John's, Seton Hall and Rutgers have fans talking about college hoops again.

---SI's Michael Rosenberg chronicles the saga of Purdue's Robbie Hummel.

---Check out Duke's new bling bling.

---Rodney McKissic


Rutgers finds inspiration in Taliaferro

Y-rutgers-2-articleInline When Adam Taliaferro, pictured left, sustained a career-ending spinal cord injury while playing for Penn State in 2000, doctors feared he would not walk again. A year later, he led the Nittany Lions onto the field, jogging in short bursts out of the tunnel. Rutgers Eric LeGrand was paralyzed from the neck down while making a tackle in a victory against Army last Saturday and now Taliaferro's story is providing a source of inspiration for LeGrand.Taliaferro now works as a lawyer in New Jersey.

---Minnesota AD Joel Maturi said he wanted to restore the fun to the football program and he's accomplished that much already because few things are more enjoyable for university boosters, TV viewers, radio callers and ticket buyers than a coaching search. By the way, look for the Gophers to offfer their next coach more money.

---With six games down at Kansas, is Turner Gill already on shaky ground? And remember when Gill was the hot name linked to Auburn? Now the Gene Chizik has the Tigers in the national title picture, his hiring is looking better and better.

---Ball State AD Tom Collins acknowledges his school's football program is experiencing tough times, but his support for coach Stan Parrish hasn't wavered.

---Rodney McKissic


Millinghaus commits to St. Bonaventure

Point guard Derrick Millinghaus, who once played at Nichols School, is returning to Western New York next season with St. Bonaventure. Millinghaus, who currently attends Queen City Prep in North Carolina, gave the Bonnies a verbal commitment Monday night.

"Yes, it feels good to be a Bona," Millinghaus told me via Facebook this morning. "I think that with me in the picture now we have a very good chance of winning the A-10 Conference and a chance to make it in the NCAA tournament."

Millinghaus played at Schnectady High School last season where he dropped 26 points and grabbed eight boards a game last season. Among the schools he drew interest from were Siena, Iowa, UMass, Penn State, Santa Clara, Iona, Vermont, Fairfield, Maryland Eastern Shore and Rider.

Here's a scouting report from

Strengths: Millinghaus is a scoring guard who makes plays going to the rim or from the perimeter. He is very good with the ball and is capable of blowing right by his defender, making quick change of direction moves, or simply bullying his way to the rim. He makes the most of his sturdy frame, uses his body well to handle against pressure, keeps the ball very low to the ground, and also knows how to change his speeds in the backcourt. Millinghaus is both quick and athletic, a good on the ball defender, and a consistent shooting threat from behind the three-point line.

Weaknesses: Millinghaus is a shoot first pass second guard and not a pure point. He can pound the air out of the ball and force bad shots, doesn't know how to play away from the ball, nor make those around him better. He can get out of control at times and will also try to do too much with the ball at times causing unneccsary turnovers. Physically, he is also a little undersized.

Bottom Line: Millinghaus is a quick and athletic guard who makes plays going to the rim, defends the ball, and makes open shots. He needs to learn to be more of a pure point guard, distribute the ball, and gets his offense within the flow of the team concept.

---Rodney McKissic


Monday college honor roll

Another round of player of the week honors came to Canisius, Niagara and Erie Community College.

To summarize the weekly awards announced on Monday:

Men's Hockey: Niagara freshman goalie Carsen Chubak was the Atlantic Hockey Rookie of the Week after his collegiate debut in a 2-2 tie with UMass-Lowell on Friday. Chubak made 39 saves, including 20 saves while the Purple Eagles were outshot, 21-7, in the third period and overtime.

Women's Soccer: Canisius freshman Brianna Smith earned Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Rookie of the Week honors while Niagara's Ashleigh Bowers was the conference's Defensive Player of the Week.

Smith had a goal on Friday when the Golden Griffins defeated nationally-ranked Siena. She is tied for the team-lead in goals (8) and ranks second in points (20). This is her second rookie of the week honor.

Bowers recorded two shutouts in wins over Marist and Siena. She has six shutouts on the season and a 0.67 goals against average while her 0.88 save percentage ranks 11th nationally.

D'Youville sophomore Danielle Braun (Iroquois) was named the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference Player of the Week after scoring five goals with two assists in three wins. Braun holds the school record for single-season points (34) and single-season game-winning goals (3).

Men's soccer: After scoring his second career hat-trick in a win over Manhattan, Niagara's Carl Haworth was named the MAAC Offensive Player of the Week. Haworth leads the Purple Eagles and ranks second in the conference in goals (9) while his 22 points leads the MAAC and ranks sixth nationally.

Hilbert junior Ed Heffron (O'Hara) was the AMCC Defensive Player of the Week, as he picked up an asisst and helped hold opponents to one goal in a pair of conference wins.

Cross country: After a third-place finish at the 5K UAlbany Invitational, Canisius senior Maura Frauenhofer earned her third MAAC runner of the week honor. Frauenhofer ran a 17:41 on Friday to earn her third top-10 overall finish this year.

For the fourth time this season, D'Youville senior Anya Bogdanets (Kenmore West) earned Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference runner of the week honors. Bogdanets placed first out of 103 runners at the CCOC Championships, setting a Seneca Lake State Park 5K course record in 19:08.85. It was her third win of the season.

Football: A career-high 168 yards and one touchdown earned Erie Community College running back Zedric Joseph the Northeast Football Conference co-offensive player of the week award. Joseph had a 26-yard TD run for the Kats, who lost, 17-14, to Dean on Saturday. Over the last two games, he has gained 293 yards on the ground.

--- Amy Moritz

Quinn Remains Quiet on QB

University at Buffalo football coach Jeff Quinn shed no new light on the quarterback situation during Monday morning's Mid-American Conference coaches' teleconference. The Bulls entertain Temple at noon Saturday, a game vital to both teams' East Division title hopes.

"Right now you saw both of them play Saturday and there's a chance that both will play (against Temple) as we keep moving this program forward," Quinn said. "As I told our entire staff and our program, we're going to continue putting the guys on the field that give us the best chance to be successful regardless of what position it is."

Enough already. There's little if any evidence to indicate that starter Jerry Davis is the present, let alone the future. His struggles have been colossal and are wasting what's probably the best defensive team the Bulls have ever put on the field in their MAC history. But does Quinn make the switch this week, entrusting a must-win game to a true freshman QB (Alex Zordich) who'd be making his first career start? Tough call. I'm guessing we see one more week -- or at least one more half -- of Davis.

On the injury front, tailback Brandon Thermilus will miss the Temple game with a knee injury suffered at Northern Illinois.

---Bob DiCesare

Is Zordich the next QB in?

---When Jeff Quinn talks about his anemic offense, there's no Pollyannaism or "the glass is half full" nonsense. He sees the same bungling offense as everyone else, which is why he's more concerned than most. It's also why he's pondering a change at QB to true freshman Alex Zordich.

---Oregon is your new No. 1 but No. 2 behind Oklahoma in the poll that matters the most: The BCS.

---Oregon and Oklahoma aren't the only schools to keep an eye on. Michigan State, which is 7-0 and 3-0 in the Big Ten after beating Illinois is the only unbeaten remaining in the league, although Iowa and Purdue remain perfect in conference play.

---It's too soon to know what the future holds for paralized Rutgers defensive lineman Eric LeGrand.

---Minnesota believes the right coach is out there, but they have to find him. Here's a list of potential candidates including MAC coaches Al Golden and Jerry Kill.

---UB isn't the only team in the country with offensive issues. After three consecutive losses, Florida has them too.

---Of course if QB Cameron Newton has remained at Florida, the Gators wouldn't be struggling. Now that Newton's at Auburn he's in the driver's seat in the race for the Heisman.

---Rodney McKissic


UB-Northern Illinois game analysis

Game analysis: There’s no question who the premier team in the MAC is for 2010. Northern Illinois pounced on UB errors early then wore down the defense in the second half and defeated the Bulls, 45-14.

How UB lost: The Bulls basically gave the Huskies 21 points on fumbles by punter Jacob Schum and tailback Branden Oliver and an interception by Jerry Davis. Speaking of Davis, his job is in jeopardy after completing just 7 of 23 passes for 101 yards, an interception and TD. The offense produced just 250 yards with 81 coming on one play.

Turning Point: The Bulls cut the Huskies lead to 21-14 just before halftime but when Chad Spann scored on a 2-yard run with just under four minutes left in the third, Northern Illinois led 31-14. The way the Bulls offense was playing, a stunning comeback wasn’t in the cards.

Player of the game: Spann rushed for 111 yards and two TDs on 31 carries.

Stat of the game: Take away Rivers 81 yard TD reception and Davis passed for 20 yards.

What the loss means: The biggest question is if Quinn turns over the offense to true freshman Alex Zordich or sticks with Davis who is regressing. In the house: 21,230 at Huskie Stadium for homecoming.

He said it: “I believe now after watching Northern and the quality of schemes and coaching, this is going to be one of the best teams and I can see them taking this thing all the way to Detroit.’’ – UB coach Jeff Quinn.

Up next for the Bulls: vs. rival Temple for homecoming next week at UB Stadium, their first home game in nearly a month.

---Rodney McKissic


UB-Northern Illinois game thread

Final: NIU 45, UB 14

---Zordich is in the game at QB.

Warming up: True freshman QB Alex Zordich is warming up on the sidelines. NIU backup QB Jordan Lynch just went 91-yards for a TD and the Huskies lead 45-14.

NIU 37, UB 14, 7:19 left in the game: The Huskies have pretty much put this game away. Harnish scored on a 12-yard keeper. Because the offense can't move the ball, UB's defense has been on the field for nearly 35 minutes.

Injury update: Violanti will return to the game on the Bulls next series.

Injury: ILB Raphael Akobundu limped off the field and sophomore Mark Richardson is now in the game.

NIU 31, UB 14, end of the third: Bulls have the ball 4th and 2 on the NIU 31 to start the fourth. The wind is on their backs so they may try the 48-yard field goal. Bulls go for it and the pass was nearly picked off. Turnover on downs.

Injury: Center Josh Violanti is down with an injury. He was holding his arm. His backup is true freshman Jasen Carlson.

NIU 31, UB 14, 3:51 left in the third quarter: Spann's 2-yard run capped a 51-yard drive for the Huskies, their longest of the game.

NIU 24, UB 14, 12:02 left in the third quarter: Cklamovski finally hit a FG and the Huskies extend their lead. DE Steven Means had his career best in tackles in the first half with seven. 

Injury report: Thermilius is out for the game with a knee injury.

NIU 21, UB 14, halftime: For the Bulls, it's all about ball secruity. The defense has limited the Huskies big plays but the offense has to build some kind of momentum. They have just two first downs, 40 yards rushing and Davis is 3 for 12 with a touchdown and interception.

NIU 21, UB 14, 31 seconds left in the half: Finally something for the UB offense to smile about. Davis hit Marcus Rivers on an 81-yard TD pass.

NIU 21, UB 7, 1:10 left in the half: Chad Spann's 1-yard TD run gives the Huskies 21 points off three UB turnovers. The Bulls defense isn't recieving any help from the offense which has just 44 yards.

Injury: DE Steven Means is walking off the field under his own power. Looks like he injured his arm.

Interception: The Huskies Chris Smith intercepted Jerry Davis and returned it 20 yards to the Bulls 5. Turnovers, as usual, are killing the Bulls.  

NIU 14, UB 7, 2:57 left in the half: Willie Clark beat Sherrod Lott in the corner of the end zone for a 25 yard TD.

Fumble: Brandon Oliver fumbled on the Bulls 32 with 4:18 left in the half, but the play is under review. The play stands.

Interception: Domonic Cook picked off a pass in the end zone. Harnish overthrew his reciever and right into the hands of Cook.

UB 7, Northern Illinois 7, 7:32 left in the second quarter: Bulls DE Gordon DuBois picked off Harnish and returned it 27 yards for the touchdown. It was DuBois first career INT and TD. Khalil Mack hit Harnish as he was throwing, forcing the bad toss.

Northern Illinois 7, UB 0, 8:35 left in the second quarter: UB just got another break. NIU kicker Michael Cklamovski just missed his third FG of the game, this one from 25 yards out. The Bulls have just 25 yards of offense.

Northern Illinois 7, UB 0, 11:05 left in the second quarter: The Huskies' Jimmie Ward partially blocked a punt by Schum that landed at the UB 20.

Injury report: Brandon Thermilius was helped off the field by trainers. He was injured during a kickoff return.

Northern Illinois 7, UB 0 11:58 left in the second quarter: The first error of the game for the Bulls is a big one. Punter Jacob Schum fumbled the snap and was tackled by Northern's Kiaree Daniels at the UB 7. QB Chandler Harnish threw a 10-yard TD pass to Landon Cox. 

UB 0, Northern Illinois 0, end of first quarter: Sophomore outside linebacker Jaleel Verser just recorded the first sack of his career to force fourth down on the Huskies. Both defenses are playing well.

UB 0, Northern Illinois 0, 3:17 left in the first quarter: No score yet but the offense line is giving Jerry Davis plenty of time to throw. Northern Illinois has missed two FGs, including one from 26 yards.

Pregame: Senior DE Jerry Housey will make his first start of the season while sophomore OLB Dalonte Wallace (knee) is out for the game. ... Justin Winters, Peter Bittner and A.J. Principe are today's captains.

---Rodney McKissic





Canisius knocks off No. 25 Siena

There's something about overtime that just doesn't faze the Canisius women's soccer team.

Facing No. 25-ranked Siena in the second extra period, Williamsville's Jenny Griffin scored to give Canisius a 3-2 win at the Demske Sports Complex Friday night.

The Golden Griffins are now 5-0-0 in overtime games this season. They also improved to 5-0-0 at home and 3-1-0 in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference.

Siena (12-1-0, 4-1-0) had entered the game undefeated with a national buzz, ranked No. 25 in the Soccer America Top 25. The Saints took a 1-0 lead in the 20th minute.

Canisius tied the game on a goal by Caroline Robert in the 46th minute then took a 2-1 lead from Brianna Smith in the 83rd minute. But the Saints tied the game in the 85th, sending the game to overtime.

That's when Griffin came through with her goal.

"I really can't believe I just scored there," the junior forward saig. "I'm not sure how the ball even got to me, it was loose in the box and I just put it on net. It wasn't the best shot I've ever taken, but it bounced once and skipped on the turf right past their goalkeeper in it ended up in the back of the net."

"I think this is a fantastic win for the girls and for this program," Canisius coach Jim Wendling said. "Siena is a good team and they outshot us and had more corner kicks than us, but we played hard and kept working until the end. This is a step in the right direction and it shows everyone on this team that we're talented enough to play and really compete with a top-25 team in the country."

The Griffs host Marist at 1 p.m., Sunday. 

Niagara women's soccer upends Marist: The Purple Eagles pulled their own upset at Niagara Field, handing Marist (4-1-0) its first conference loss of the season.

Freshman forward Kayla Picanco scored in the first half to give Niagara a 1-0 lead. The win evens the team's MAAC record at 2-2-0.

"I thought we played a very good first half and I was really proud of the effort," Niagara coach Peter Veltri said. "We created a lot of opportunities, scored one and could have scored another two. We did enough to earn the victory and I thought in the second half we showed a lot of heart to hold on to the lead. The win was very important if we want to make it to the (MAAC) Tournament."

Playoff hopes dwindle for Bona women's soccer: The chance at an Atlantic 10 tournament berth are slipping away from St. Bonaventure after a 2-1 OT loss to LaSalle at McGraw-Jennings Field -- its first home loss of the season.

Bona dropped to 1-3 in the A-10, putting them in the bottom third of congested conference standings. Only the top six teams qualify for the A-10 Championships, scheduled for Nov. 2-7 in Kingston, R.I.

"I thought we dominated for long stretches of the game and created a lot of really good chances," Bona coach Manoj Khettry said. "It's an incredibly disappointing loss ... because I thought we played really well. We've really dug ourselves into a hole and we have to fight to stay alive for an A-10 tournament spot."

The Bonnies host Fordham at 1 p.m., Sunday.

Another tie for Niagara men's hockey: They get a lead, give it up, and settle for a tie. At least that's the pattern for the two games of the season for the Purple Eagles.

This time, it was a 2-1 third period lead that ended up in a 2-2 tie for Niagara with UMass-Lowell.

Freshman goalie Carsen Chubak made 39 saves in his collegiate debut. He salvaged the tie for the Purple Eagles as UMass-Lowell held a 21-7 advantage in shots through the third period and overtime.

"Chubak helped shut the door in overtime," Niagara coach Dave Burkholder said. "He was very strong for us and gave us confidence."

Scoreless streak ends for UB women: A pair of goals in the first half ended a 409 minute, 53 second scoreless stretch for the University at Buffalo women's soccer team. Still the Bulls (1-12-2, 0-5-2 MAC) remained winless in conference play as Ball State scored twice in the second for a 2-2 tie.

The Bulls host Mid-American Conference leader Toledo at noon on Sunday.

--- Amy Moritz


Time for hoops!

---Nothing says autumn like falling leaves and the start of the college basketball season, which officially tips off with practice today. With the return of four starters, expectations are elevated for coach Tom Parrotta at Canisius while the rest of the Big 4 lost plenty of talent from a year ago. The loss of Frank Turner is huge, but the Griffs hope to help fill his shoes with 7-foot-3 Marial Dhal, pictured above. He's the guy on the left the guy on the right lives at my house.

---Elsewhere, Kyle Singler and Duke are in pursuit of back-to-back championships.

---Thursday would have been John Wooden's 100th birthday.

---A potential NBA lockout could affect this year's draft class.

---Here's a Q&A on my good friend Tracy Dildy, the new head coach at Chicago State.

---Andy Katz interviews Memphis coach Josh Pastner as he gets ready for his second season at Memphis.

---Rodney McKissic


Huskies are on the prowl

---Northern Illinois is enjoying its new status among the MAC's elite and look to take the Bulls by the horns on Saturday. 

---It's getting hot and heavy for former UB coach Turner Gill at Kansas. Bob Lutz writes that with 11 days to prepare and an embarrassing loss at Baylor to help motivation, Kansas responded with a performance against rival Kansas State that should put Gill on watch. Sam Mellinnger writes that Gill is the $10 million coach of a five-cent program, who six games into his career at Kansas and already owning three of the worst losses in recent Kansas football history. Gill says what we all know: KU isn't a very good football team.

---Even though Ohio State has posted 44 victories over the previous four seasons, one-sided national championship game losses to Florida in 2006 and LSU in '07 made the Buckeyes objects of ridicule in many parts of the country, particularly in the Southeast.

---At the high school level, as more and more programs take a page from the college ranks and wheel in the ever-popular spread offense, no defensive position has been more affected than linebacker.

---Rodney McKissic


Williams de-commits from UB

Florida defensive tackle Patrick Williams, who commited to UB back in June, has re-opened his recruitment according to

What is unclear is if the 6-foot-, 267-pound Williams has removed UB from his list. The website lists UB along with Florida International, Marshall, Memphis and New Mexico.

---Rodney McKissic


Zordich moves up for UB

---Only a true freshman, it's Alex Zordich's turn as the No. 2 quarterback at UB.

---Here's a Q&A I had with Daily Chronicle and Northern Illinois beat reporter Jeremy Werner and a scouting report on Saturday's game.

---The NCAA's answer to the agent's admission will be predictable: It will penalize the schools and teams involved with scholarship reductions, the loss of bowl eligibility and the forfeiture of past victories. Just look at USC's penalties for the blueprint. That said, it's time to deal with the agent mess once and for all.

---TSN's midseason report lists the coaches on and off the hot seat.

---Here's a list of Jim Calhoun's top players at UConn which includes Buffalo Cliff Robinson. The talent runs so deep that Rip Hamilton is on the second team and Chris Smith, the program's career scoring leader, is on the third team.

---Rodney McKissic


Record day for D'Youville soccer

With a 13-0 win over Penn State Beaver, the D'Youville women's soccer team set four single-game program records.

The 13 goals is a new mark as is the 10 goals the Spartans scored in the second half.

The team also set single-game marks in shots with 60 and shots on goal with 35.

Freshman Danielle Gehen (West Seneca West) had her own record-setting night as her three goals and three assists tied a single-game best performance. Her nine goals and five assists (23 points) set a new single-season record for goals and points by a freshman.

Danielle Braun (Iroquois) added two goals and two assists.

The Spartans have won three straight games and improved to 9-5.

--- Amy Moritz

Dennison has opportunity for more playing time


---Since the beginning of training camp, UB coach Jeff Quinn has spoken about finding ways to get Alex Dennison, pictured above, on the field. It has now been determined that it won't be at quarterback.

---A former QB Northern Illinois Garrett Barnas is now quarterbacking the defense for the Huskies.

---Here's Northern Illinois team report, and the latest line has the Bulls as 16-point underdogs against the Huskies.

---A former sports agent tells Sports Illustrated he paid college football players early in his career, and several of them confirm it to the magazine.

---College football is off to an exciting start.

---With Turner Gill's rules and lack of results, rebuilding Kansas could be difficult.

---Three yards and a cloud of dust? Not at Ohio State.

---Beneath the surface of what appears to be a lackluster mid-season matchup against a MAC opponent will lay a reunion between two former rivals in Western Michigan's Bill Cubit and Notre Dame's Brian Kelly.

---Mark Dantonio has the reputation of a coach who favors tough defense and an offense that likes to run the ball. But this year's Michigan State offense is putting more points on the board than any other team in its history.

---The one constant with Army football is that you know what you're getting. Unlike the past, however, there actually is something different this year. Army's good.

---Steve Spurrier has South Carolina dreaming about an SEC championship.

---Rodney McKissic



Bulls must harness Harnish

  Harnish ---One of the keys this week for the Bulls is containing Northern Illinois QB Chandler Harnish, pictured right, who has helped the Huskies begin the season at 4-1.

---Western Michigan can hear Notre Dame coming.

---Temple's Al Golden says his Owls aren't a good football team right now.

---Akron can't pin all of its woes on its quarterback.

---Ron Cook writes how this Penn State season isn't going to have a happy ending for Joe Paterno nor will his marvelous career. tabs Michigan's Denard Robinson as the winner of its Halfway Heisman.

---The new book Death To The BCS makes the best argument yet for a playoff system.

---Eighteen teams entered last week without a loss, and 13 were able to escape with their unblemished record intact.

---In college hoops, my good friend Mike DeCourcey from TSN gives his take on Jim Calhoun and UConn.'s Luke Winn list the top 16 backcourts.

---All seems lost for John Beilein and Michigan but can you ever rule out a Beilein-coached team?

---Rodney McKissic


Votes for Canisius hockey

A solid opening weekend for the Canisius men's hockey program was followed up with an impressive honor on Monday.

The Golden Griffins went 1-1 at Western Michigan which impressed enough folks in the poll to give them some votes. Monday, the Griffs received 10 points. It's only the second time in school history that the program earned votes in the national poll -- the last time being after opening weekend in 2009-10 when it received one vote.

The win over Western Michigan on Friday gives Canisius a win over a CCHA school for the third straigth season.

In both games, the Griffs rallied from a two-goal deficit at the end of the first period. Friday night, the team rebounded to win -- the first time Canisius has done that since Feb. 20, 2009. Last year, the Griffs were 0-11-3 when trailing after one period.

Saturday, the Griffs rallied from a 2-0 first period deficit, but lost in overtime, 3-2.

Canisius next plays at Mercyhurst, Tuesday, Oct. 19.

--- Amy Moritz


Zordich will back up Davis

True freshman QB Alex Zordich has moved up to No. 2 on the depth chart behind sophomore Jerry Davis, UB coach Jeff Quinn said this morning.

Zordich replaces redshirt freshman Alex Dennison who was the back up to Davis for the first five games this season. Quinn based his decision after evaluating that position thoroughly during the bye week. Quinn gave Zordich and fellow true freshmen Rudy Johnson and Tyler Warden more reps during practice.

Dennison didn’t distinguish himself in the passing game in four games this season. He was 4 of 11 for 30 yards, one interception and no touchdowns. He is effective running the ball and averages a team best 6.7 yards a carry (nine attempts, 60 yards). Dennison, however, suffered a fumble on the Bowling Green 2-yard line that was recovered by the Falcons during the Bulls 28-26 victory two weeks ago.

Quinn cited Zordich’s command of the playbook and leadership in the locker room as reasons for him moving up the depth chart.

“We’ve got him locked in that spot and now we’re looking at who’s going to be that third guy,’’ Quinn said. “The thing about Alex is he’s got good vision of the field. He can distribute the ball to a multitude of different positions.’’

Sophomore offensive lineman Gokhan Ozhan (knee) is out for the Northern Illinois game which cuts into the Bulls’ depth even more. Senior Kenny Scott, junior Solomon Richberg and true freshman Jasen Carlson will receive more reps in practice this week. Ozhan was the backup at right guard and tackle.

The defense, coming off a strong performance at Bowling Green, remains intact. Sophomore Jaleel Verser, who started at outside linebacker against the Falcons, gets the nod again this week and Quinn expects senior defensive end Jerry Housey (knee) to return to the lineup. Also, expected to return from injury is sophomore linebacker Dalonte Wallace (knee).

---Rodney McKissic


UB's official statement on Pettigrew

Here is UB's official statement on linebacker Scott Pettigrew, who was treated for a stab wound and later released:

Junior UB student-athlete football player Scott Pettigrew suffered a stab wound to his upper chest early Sunday morning, was treated at ECMC and released later that morning. “Scott is blessed he wasn’t hurt more seriously, he is very fortunate and we are thankful for the quick and immediate assistance from Buffalo’s emergency responders,” said head coach Jeff Quinn. “Scott has been in touch with his family and it appears he will be fine and will not have any lasting effects.”

---Rodney McKissic


BCS chaos is brewing

---Five teams received first-place votes in the new coaches poll: Ohio State, Oregon, Nebraska, TCU and Boise State. What does that mean? BCS chaos is brewing.

---Here are the 10 games in the second half of the season with the most impact on the structure of the upcoming BCS.

---For the first time since Nov. 1, 2008, neither Alabama nor Florida is the No. 1 team in the country and for the first time since Sept. 20 of that same year, neither team sits atop its respective division. That's the new, unexpected reality for the SEC.

---Watch out for these three unbeaten teams.

---Nevada has been noticed this season for its pistol offense, which was invented by Wolf Pack coach Chris Ault.

---Northern Illinois, UB's opponent this week, has arrived as a MAC contender.

---Rodney McKissic


Busy day for local schools

Western New York colleges had a full day of athletic activity, offering impressive performances and big wins.

Ongoing highlights from Saturday:

Bogdanets lowers D'Youville record:  Anya Bogdanets (Kenmore West) lowered her own D'Youville cross country record for a 5K course with a time of 19:06.93 at the Carnegie-Mellon Invitational. Bogdanets placed sixth in the 260-runner field while the Spartans were 17th out of 24 teams.

Bengals push streak to nine: A goal off a free kick by Tina Boberskyj in overtime to gave Buffalo State a 2-1 win over Cortland. With the win, the Bengals improved to 8-3-2 overall, 4-0-1 in SUNYAC play and stretched their school-record unbeaten streak to nine games.
    Jessica Andres opened the scoring with a 30-yard strike in the first half. Cortland evened the game in the 75th minute as goalkeeper Virginia Porten rcorded four saves.

ECC men win again:  The Erie Community College men's soccer team won its ninth game of the season when Pablo Ordonez (Cheektowaga) scored the game-winner with eight minutes remaining for a 3-2 decision over Mercyhurst North East. Ordonez scored twice for ECC while Craig Raines netted the first goal in the 25th minute.
    The Kats improved to 9-3 overall. The last the time the program had nine wins was in 2006.

Buffalo State and ECC get football wins: The Bengals (1-4) set several school records in a 71-3 win at Western Connecticut State while Erie Community College (2-4) upset Lackawanna, which had been receiving votes in the NJCAA poll, 39-32. Details in Sunday's edition of The Buffalo News.

Niagara and Canisius tie for first in MAAC volleyball: Showdown weekend started with wins for Canisius and Niagara over Fairfield and Iona, respectively. The two teams are now tied for first in the MAAC with 6-1 marks. They switch opponnets for 2 p.m. matches on Sunday.

Niagara women's hockey picks up shoot-out win: It took the sixth player in a shootout for Niagara to pick up its first win of the season at Minnesota State. Freshman Chelsea Witwicke scored then Jenni Bauer made the final stop to give the Purple Eagles (1-3-0) the win after the teams played to a 0-0 tie. Bauer recorded 33 saves as Minnesota State held a 33-19 advantage in shots.

Buffalo ends losing skid: They went to five sets but the University at Buffalo women's volleyball team finally ended it's four-match losing streak with a win over Ball State. Kristin Bignell and Marisa Hornbaker each had 10 kills for the Bulls (14-8, 2-4 Mid-American Conference) while Heather Pyle had 24 digs.
    The teams traded the first four sets before the Bulls pulled out the fifth, 15-13.

Niagara upends Canisius in women's soccer: In the first meeting of the rivals in the "Battle of the Bridge" competition, Niagara earned a 2-1 win thanks to a goal by Erin Baker in the 77th minute. It was the first MAAC win for Niagara (1-2) and first MAAC loss for Canisius (2-1) but Griffs coach Jim Wendling remains pleased with his team.
    "I thought it was our best effort all season," Wendling said. "We controlled play and were very aggressive offensivly. It's obviously not the result we wanted but we are very excited about our performance moving forward."

--- Amy Moritz

Canisius hockey grabs win

It was a productive Friday night for Canisius athletics as the Golden Griffins scored key wins in men's hockey and men's soccer.

The Griffs opened the hockey season with a 5-3 win at Western Michigan thanks to senior Cory Conacher's hat trick. It was the second of his career and 11th in the Division I era for Canisius. Classmate and linemate Vincent Scarsella picked up three assists to move him to 101 career points. That makes him the seventh player to reach the 100-point plateau in the Griffs D-I history.

Canisius is now 3-12-3 all-time against teams in the CCHA and 3-6-1 in season openers over the last 10 seasons.

The teams meet again at 7:35 p.m. Saturday.

Meanwhile back in Buffalo, the Griffs men's soccer team was picking up its first win of the season and at a oportune time -- for the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference opener.

Sophomore midfielder Steve Mahon scored his first collegiate goal in the 17th mintue and sophomore Kareem Gray made eight saves to earn his first career shutout in  1-0 win over Fairfield at Demske Sports Complex.

The stops an eight-game losing streak as Canisius went 0-7-1 in its non-conference schedule.

"Everything we have worked on this year was to get to this point in the season," Canisius coach Jim Hesch said. "We had a great week of training and out team is starting to come together as a group."

For Niagara, its men's soccer team also opened the MAAC season with a win, getting a 2-1 edge over Iona. Junior forward Liam Gilbert scored the game-winner in the 65th minute as the Purple Eagles improved to 3-6-1 overall.

“It was great to start the conference season with a win against a very good team,” Niagara coach Dermot McGrane said. “I thought our boys showed a lot of character and determination tonight and deserved the win.”

Both men's soccer teams play again on Sunday with Niagara hosting Fairfield at 1 p.m. and Canisius hosting Iona at noon.

--- Amy Moritz 

It's bye week for the Bulls

And that means vacation for me, so I won't post any college updates this week but I will be at home relaxing before attending my high school reunion this weekend in Chicago. You can catch me and fellow News reporter Allen Wilson tonight from 8-10 p.m. on The Sports Insiders.

Take care.

---Rodney McKissic



UB-Bowling Green game analysis

Game analysis: Fifteen-point leads don’t mean much when UB plays at Bowling Green. An outstanding defensive effort nearly went to waste thanks to six Bulls turnovers and a last-second miss by Falcons kicker Bryan Wright gave UB a 28-26 victory.

How UB won: The Bulls defense confused BG quarterback to the tune of 12 of 37 passing for 167 yards. They forced five turnovers total and held the Falcons to just 176 yards of offense.

Turning Point: Bowling Green cornerback Robert Lorenzi intereption for an 82-yard TD seemed to ignite the Falcons who scored 13 consecutive points.

Player of the game: Khalil Mack. Mack has nine tackles, including four for a loss, a forced fumble and a pass breakup.

Stat of the game: UB rushed for a season-best 200 yards.

What the win means: The Bulls go into the bye week with a victory and some sense of hope. A loss, especially one like this, would have been difficult to overcome.

In the house: 14,544 at Doyt L. Stadium.

He said it: “They almost had to hand us the game for us to win it and they tried to and even then we didn’t capitalize.’’ - Bowling Green coach Dave Clawson.

Up next for the Bulls: The Bulls have a bye before traveling to Northern Illinois.

---Rodney McKissic


UB beats Bowling Green, 28-26

---UB 28, Bowling Green 26, final: BG's Bryan Wright misses a 40-yard FG with 3.3 left. UB called back-to-back time outs to ice him. Easy money for the Bulls.

---Bowling Green is setting up for a 40-yard field goal with 3.3 seconds left to win the game.

---Nduka fumbles and BG gets it back on the UB 24 with a minute left.

---UB 28, Bowling Green 26: Like most games between UB and Bowling Green in this stadium, this may end up being a wild one. Willie Jeter just scored on a 48-yard TD reception to pull the Falcons within two. The Bulls got burned by the blitz.

---UB 28, Bowling Green 19: Talk about a momentum charger. Davis threw his fourth INT of the game and the second by CB Robert Lorenzi, who took it back 82 yards for a TD with 10:14 left.

---RB Jeffvon Gill is being helped off the field by trainers. Not a good day for injuries for the Bulls.

---LB Dalone Wallace is being helped off the field.

---UB 28, Bowling Green 13, end of third quarter: How's this for D: BG had 13 yards in the third quarter.

---Backup Gokhan Ozhan is being helped off the field. He was injured during a punt by UB's Peter Schum. The Bulls can't afford to lose anymore offensive linemen.

---Shannon intercepts a pass on the BG 33. The ball was tipped by CB Josh Thomas. The defense has been oustanding today.

---Davis just threw his 3rd INT of the game but it Rivers fault. Davis hit him perfectly and Rivers bobbled the pass in the end zone and it was intercepted by CB Cameron Truss.

---UB 28, Bowling Green 13: This is the offense that was advertised when Quinn was hired. Davis found Jackson on a post pattern from 9 yards out. UB has 382 yards of offense with five minutes left in the quarter.

---UB 21, Bowling Green 13: Davis hits Marcus Rivers for a 7-yard TD but the credit on this 51-yard drive goes to the run game. Quinn hit the Falcons with Jeffvon Gill to start the half then went with Brandon Thermilius to help finish off the drive. Terrell Jackson has a career best 74 yards in receptions.

---Halftime stuff: The Bulls have already run 52 plays for 268 yards, and are 8 of 11 on third down. Davis is 12 of 20 for 159 yards one TD but two INTs. The Bulls lead would be larger if not for the three turnovers. The 49 yards pass play hurt but otherwise, the defense is playing lights out, holding BG to 135 yards of offense including 30 yards rushing.

---UB 14, Bowling Green 13, halftime: Cook had an interception just before halftime.

---UB 14, Bowling Green 13: WR Alex Neutz reached over SS Jovan Leacock to make a sensational grab in the end zone on a 24-yard pass from Davis. Davis and the run game looks much better this week because of the offensive line. Davis hasn't faced much pressure all afternoon.

---Bowling Green 13, UB 7: The Falcons score on a 49-yard pass play from Aaron Pankratz to Tyrone Pronty. Shannon and Raphael Akobundu were beaten on the play.

---A.J. Principe just missed a 35-yard field goal that would have put the Bulls up by four points. Nduka is running like he has something to prove.

---Bowling Green tries a reverse to Eugene Cooper but Cook forced a fumble that was recovered by Davonte Shannon.

---UB 7, Bowling Green 6: Ike Nduka scored UB's first rushing TD of the season from a yard out and Bowling Green gave the Bulls plenty of chances to score. Before the TD, Bowling Green was hit with facemask, late hit and offsides penalties.

---Bowling Green 6, UB 0, end of first quarter: Just before the end of the quarter, Davis tossed his second INT of the game that was picked off in the end zone. But the defense responded with Khalil Mack forcing a fumble by QB Matt Schilz that was recovered by DE Steven Means at the BG 15. The Bulls start the second quarter 2nd and 6 from the BG 11. Bowling Green had just 21 yards of total offense in the quarter.

---Bowling Green 6, UB 0: From the Wildcat formation, RB Jordan Hopgood scored from 5-yards out. BG missed the PAT.

---Bowling Green CB Robert Lorenzi jumped the route on a Jerry Davis pass and returned it to the UB 5-yard line. Davis was rolling out of the pocket and would have been better off throwing it away.

---The Bulls moved the ball to the BG 3 on one of the best drives in recent weeks then coach Jeff Quinn put Alex Dennison in the game at QB. Dennison fumbled and BG recovered on its 2-yard line. Why put Dennison in the game when Davis moved the offense so well on the drive?

---Jerry Davis' first pass was nearly intercepted and his second sailed over the head of tight end Jake Reeder on 3rd down. The Bulls defense is getting pressure on Falcons QB Aaron Pankratz.

---Kickoff coverage remains an issue: Bowling Green's Boo Boo Gates took the opening kick 47 yards. No kidding, the guy is listed as Boo Boo on the roster.  

---Captains: Terrell Jackson and Domonic Cook.

---Pregame: Linebacker John Syty, who was questionable this week with a concussion, is warming up. ... Kansas and Turner Gill are getting smacked around at Baylor, 55-7, early in the fourth quarter. It's safe to say the Bulls played better than the Jayhawks are playing down in Waco.

---Rodney McKissic


UB: Been there, done that

---If there is any anxiety, any sense that UB lacks confidence, it is not apparent in the way the players carry themselves and they prepare to take on Bowling Green this afternoon.

---Here's our full scouting report on the game.

---UB and Bowling Green are dealing with similar problems.

---Future Bull Joe Licata of Williamsville South is now WNY's career leader in TD passes.

---UB-Bowling Green is one of the many topics that will be discussed today on The Sports Insiders at 11 a.m.

---Rodney McKissic


Overtime no problem for Canisius

Going to extra time? No worries for the Canisius women's soccer team this season. In fact, no worries really for the last three seasons under head coach Jim Wendling.

The Golden Griffins are 7-0-4 in OT under Wendling. This year they improved to 4-0 with a dramatic win over Loyola in Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference action Friday night.

The Griffs had never so much as tied Loyola, going 0-20 in their series history. Friday looked as if the stars were aligned when Canisius took a 2-0 second half lead.

Loyola quickly rebounded to score a goal. And then it appeared as if it might unravel as a pass from Loyola went off a Canisius defender and into the Griffs net to tie the game. 

But Canisius has been here before. And in the 96th minute Keily Funk scored from 6-yards out to give the Griffs (7-4) their first win ever over the Greyhounds.

More importantly, it starts them at 1-0 in the MAAC. They continue MAAC play at Rider Sunday afternoon.

For Friday's college highlights, click here.

--- Amy Moritz

Quinn stays the course

---When it comes to the offense, what everyone at UB agrees works so well during practice is being lost in the transition from the practice field to the playing field, from design to execution.

---Akron won't lose every game.

---Alabama's Nick Saban was able to catch Florida's Urban Meyer so quickly because Saban has kept his staff together.

---Notorious among many for its perceived apathy in ignoring problems ranging from agents to amateurism, the NCAA is no longer a punch line in the sports of football and basketball. With its larger staff, the NCAA is no longer toothless.

---Speaking of a coach with NCAA issues, North Carolina coach Butch Davis says he won't resign.

---Also from Tobacco Road, is North Carolina State the surprise team of the year?

---In college ball, Austin Rivers, the nation's No. 1 recruit and the son of Boston Celtics coach Doc Rivers, will attend Duke.

---Rodney McKissic


It starts up front for UB

---UB ranks 74th nationally in total offense, a lack of production that hinges primarily on a line that is still building chemistry and recovering from losing starting right tackle Matt Ostrowski. Senior left guard Peter Bittner, pictured above, says the focus is on finishing blocks.

---Like UB, Bowling Green says its 1-3 start doesn't have to be fatal to its chances of winning a league title and advancing to a bowl game.

---Here's USA Today's team report on Bowling Green.

---It was tough to gauge the status of MAC football after last weekend, although the league attained a degree of respectability.

---TCU has met with Big East officials within the past 30 days to discus the logistics of a move by the school in either the 2011 or 2012 seasons. The Big East wants the Frogs because it desperately needs an immediate upgrade to its football profile.

---Three new Big East coaches struggle to live up to high expectations.

---While Mark Ingram continues to pursue the Heisman, for 38 consecutive games Alabama opponents have failed to post a 100-yard rusher, and as the streak continues the list of talented rushers grows more and more impressive.

---NFL agent Gary Wichard and former North Carolina assistant football coach John Blake engaged in multiple financial transactions since May, 2007 according to Yahoo! Sports.

---If you haven't heard of the pistol offense, you probably haven't been paying attention.

---Despite Michigan's strong start, Rich Rodriguez's job is far from secure.

---Pete Carroll took home nearly $5 million in his last season at USC.

---When you look at the numbers, Florida State football is no longer elite.

---In college hoops, Ohio State's Thad Matta knows a lot of tricks when it comes to recruiting.

---Rodney McKissic


Quinn still believes in Oliver

Oliver Rhode Island ---The team's leading rusher, Branden Oliver, pictured right, has rushed for 173 yards and is averaging just 2.7 yards a carry, but UB coach Jeff Quinn said the redshirt freshman is sound in other aspects like his alignments and blocking.

---Eastern Michigan ventured into Ohio State last week and left with a school record for points allowed, leaving coach Ron English with a career record of 0-16. Still, English has the support of AD Derrick Gragg.

---For the first time this season, no member of the eight-team Big East can be found among the Top 25 in either poll. A program that could boost the league's stock is unbeaten TCU.

---In college hoops, Kentucky's John Calipari was never at any time linked to either investigation at UMass or Memphis, but that has not stopped media, who are suspicious of his methods, of judging him harshly - and in many cases - vilifying him.

---Rodney McKissic


Have you made poor choices that have caused you to slip away? Come back. Repent and seek restored fellowship with the Lord today.

Ingram re-emerges in Heisman race

Ingram ---Alabama's Mark Ingram, pictured left, has been hard to miss since returning from arthroscopic knee surgery in August. After his performance in Saturday's 24-20 win over Arkansas, he has re-emerged as a Heisman Trophy candidate.

---Bowling Green could have at least one of its injured players return to the lineup when the Falcons host UB on Saturday.

---Ball State became $800,000 richer after suffering its first shutout loss in five seasons.

---For all the propaganda about how wonderful the Bowl Championship Series is because it gives college football's regular season so much meaning, here's what the 2010 season may boil down to: style points. The first BCS Standings will be released two weeks from this Sunday and right now it’s pretty clear that if they keep winning, Alabama and Ohio State are going to be 1-2.

---Stanford enters the national spotlight.

---Here's the Big East's biggest disappointments.

---In college hoops, Eastern Michigan admits NCAA rules were broken by its women's basketball coach who has been suspended over practice limits.

---While most of the world viewed Butler's run to the NCAA final as a magical tale straight out of Hoosiers, coach Brad Stevens looks at it as a piece of unfinished business.

---Duke's Nolan Smith wants to win another championship in the memory of his late father.

---Syracuse small forward Kris Joseph is someone who could enjoy a breakout season this year.

---Rodney McKissic


Canisius-Syracuse on ESPNU

The Syracuse-Canisius men’s basketball game on Nov. 14, will be televised on ESPNU. Game time is set for 3 p.m.

---Rodney McKissic

UB's run game grinds to a halt

---A quarter of the way into the season, UB can't get its ground game going and this week's opponent, Bowling Green, is favored by five points. 

---So how did UConn go from being tied with UB to a 45-21 blowout? Randy Edsall had a halftime rant for the ages. 

---Syracuse gives South Florida and itself plenty to work on.

---After losing by 53 points to Ohio State, Eastern Michigan's Ron English says he'll have his day. And that would be quite a day if Eastern Michigan ever beats Ohio State.

---Rodney McKissic


UB-UConn game analysis

Game analysis: Jordan Todman is a great player, probably the best tailback in school history, but UConn didn’t need him on Saturday. Not when you have Cody Endres and Robbie Frey coming off the bench with big games and while UB turns over the ball four times in a 45-21 loss.

How UB lost: The list is longer than Rapunzel’s hair but three interceptions by QB Jerry Davis – two of which were returned for scores – and one by back up Alex Dennison didn’t help. The defense played well in the first half, but had no answers when Endres and Frey entered the game.

Turning Point: The Bulls trailed 31-21 heading into the fourth quarter but when Endres hit TE Ryan Griffin for a 6-yard TD to start the period, the game was essentially out of hand.

Player of the game: Endres didn’t start the game but started the second half and completed 7 of 11 passes for 139 yards and two TDs, including a 56-yarder in which WR Michael Smith beat Davonte Shannon, the Bulls’ best defender. Zach Frazier started the game for UConn but chances are he won’t next week.

Stat of the game: UB ran 90 offensive plays and accumulated just 368 yards.

What the loss means: The Bulls have a lot of work to do. The passing game is in shambles as is the running game. The defense seems to be caught off guard with the substitutions of Endres and Frey (112 yards, 1 TD). But heading into MAC play, UB looks to be more competitive.

In the house: 36,738 at Rentschler Field.

He said it: “These are our players, these are our guys, this is our team and you have to develop them and you have to continue believing in these young men because that’s the only way this thing is going to get back on track.’’ – UB coach Jeff Quinn.

Up next for the Bulls: The Bulls play at Bowling Green who was rolled by Heisman Trophy candidate Denard Robinson and Michigan on Saturday, 65-21.

---Rodney McKissic


UB-UConn game thread

UConn 45, UB 21: Final

4:01 left in the game: Davis throws an INT that was returned for a TD.

4:30 left in the game: Davis is back in at QB.

12:15 left in the fourth quarter: Dennison back in at QB and Brandon Thermilius at RB. Wait a minute. Dennison just threw an interception.

UConn 38, UB 21: One play into the quarter and UConn scores a TD. That didn't take long. Endres to TE Ryan Griffin.

UConn 31, UB 21, end of the third quartter: I'm trying to figure out why Endres wasn't under center sooner. He's now 5 of 6 for 131 yards and a TD in just one quarter. The Huskies are threatening to score again and start the third quarter 2nd and goal from the 5.

UConn 31, UB 21: RB Robbie Frey who played special teams most of the game was put into the lineup and juked his way to a 10-yard run TD run. The Bulls can't continue to trade TDs with the Huskies. They need to get some stops on defense.

UConn 24, UB 21: Ed Young who had one TD reception for his career coming into the game just caught his third of the game on a slant route. He has 3 receptions for 68 yards and three TDs.

8:33 left in the third: UB just got a break. Endres fumbled a snap that was recovered by UB LB Justin Winters on the UConn 10. 

UConn 24, UB 14:  Just found out why Endres is in at QB. The Huskies scored on a 56-yard reception from Endres to Michael Smith . One play, nine seconds. UConn set up the TD with a nice play-action fake.

In the house: Just informed by UB SID Paul Vecchico that former Bulls Dahnel Singfield and Ray Norell are at the game.

12:20 left in the third quarter: Nice break up by S Domonic Cook on third down forces UConn to kick a 37-yard field goal. UConn 17, UB 14. 

UB 14, UConn, halftime: Here's a key stat: The Bulls already have 234 yards of total offense. UConn is making a change at QB in the second half and is going with junior Cody Endres.

Play stands: TD. Jeff Quinn leaps for joy. UB ties the game at 14.

36 seconds left in the second quarter: Ed Young scored a TD on a 2-yard pass from Davis but the play is under review.

3:40 left in the second quarter: DE Gordon DuBois pressured Frazier into an INT by S Davonte Shannon. The ball was tipped in the air by CB Josh Thomas and fell into Shannon's lap. The Bulls started their drive on the UConn 20.

8:58 left in the second quarter: QB Alex Dennison is in the game. Davis isn't hurt but Quinn talked about getting Dennison in the game at some point. ... After a penalty by UConn, Davis was inserted back into the game.

UConn 14, UB 7: Davis lofts a pretty 60-yard pass to Ed Young for a TD, beating UConn defenders Jerome Junior and Dwayne Gratz on the play. It is the longest reception of Young's career. 

End of quarter: UConn 14, UB 0.

11 seconds left in the first quarter: The Bulls go three and out after DE Trevardo Williams sacks Davis.

1:31 left in the first quarter: DE Steven Means is off to a great start. He recorded his second sack of the game just minutes after pressuring Zach Frazier into an incompletion.

1:56 left in the first quarter: Davis just had his second pass of the game intercepted. The ball bounced off the hands of WR Alex Neutz and was picked off by LB Sio Moore. The Bulls went for it on 4th down from the UConn 38 and if Neutz had made the catch, it would have been first down.

UConn 14, UB 0: The Huskies didn't have any problems scoring their second TD of the game., going 80 yards in 10 plays in just 4:15. And UConn's passing game, which has been terrible in the first three games, looked fine on this drive. Redshirt Carlos Lammons started at CB in place of Sherrod Lott. Lott saw some playing time on the drive so he isn't injured. 

9:32 left in the first quarter: UB moved the ball to the UConn 38 where they punted. Nice runs by Davis (3 carries for 26 yards). The Bulls made a switch at P and used junior Peter Fardon, who was the primary punter the last two seasons.

UConn 7, UB 0: Not a good start for the Bulls. QB Jerry Davis hit a pass tipped by CB Dwayne Gratz and picked off by S Jerome Junior who returned it 27 yards for a TD.

Pre game: The captains for today’s game are quarterback Jerry Davis, nose guard Anel Montanez, and linebacker Raphael Akobundu.

---Rodney McKissic

From Coyer Field: Buffalo State vs. Kean

About 30 minutes from kickoff, it's a cloudy, windy day at Coyer Field in Buffalo as Buffalo State prepare to take on Kean in an NJCA football matchup.

The Bengals are 0-2 and have not had success with the run game -- either generating it or defending it. The Bengals have been outgained, 373-69, in their first two losses.

Kean is 1-1 after winning at Morrisville State last week. The Cougars have won three of the last four meetings between the teams.

Check back for updates throughout the game.

First quarter: It's been a turnover filled start to the game, with Buffalo State getting a great chance on a recovered fumble inside the 10 only to turn the ball back over with an interception. Kean is marching down the field.

Kean takes a 3-0 lead on a 21-yard field goal by Billy Daniels. All 11 plays of the drive went to senior running back Jason Gwaltney which went a total of 60 yards. 

Another Buffalo State miscue turns into points for Kean. An interception return by Jamahl Williams, followed by a personal foul on the Bengals, but Kean on the 5-yard-line. A run by Gwaltney on the next play and a good PAT put the Cougars up, 10-0 with eight seconds left in the quarter.

Second quarter: Working with a short field, Kean, drove 38 yards for another TD, with quarterback Anthony Giordano connecting with Matt Puorro for a 21-yard score. The extra point attempt failed. Kean leads, 16-0, with 10:36 until halftime.

Kean is making moving the ball look easy. Mixing up its offensive play calling, the Cougars score another TD, this time on a 5-yard run by Gwaltney. Kick is good making it 23-0 Kean with 6:16 until halftime.

After recovering a fumbled punt, the Begals earned their first first down of the game to get inside the 10 yard line, but now have taken back-to-back false start penalties. They now have first-and-goal from the 18 yard line.

The Bengals failed to get into the endzone on that series and a 22-yard field goal attempt by Nick Debbins was no good. Buffalo State is still looking for its first points of the game.

Halftime: Kean 23, Buffalo State 0

The Bengals are having difficulty moving the ball -- the same story as their first two games. The team has just 78 total yards and two first downs. Gibran Johnson has 50 yards on the ground while Cam Jones has completed three of his five passes for 33 yards.

Kean meanwhile has 191 yards and is 3 for 3 in the red zone. Jason Gwaltney has 94 yards rushing, 24 receiving and two touchdowns.

Third quarter: Thanks to an unsportsmanlike penalty on Kean, a Buffalo State drive was kept alive. A 13-yard TD run by Johnson and a good PAT puts the Bengals on the board, trailing, 23-7.

The Bengals defense came up with a stop on 3-and-1 forcing Kean to kick a 32-yard field goal. The Cougars lead grew to 26-7 with seven minutes left in the quarter.

The quarter ends with Buffalo State starting to move the ball. They will start the fourth with a second down at the Kean 28.

Fourth quarter: The drive ends quickly for the Bengals as a sack and fumble give Kean the ball back at its own 29. 

A fumble by Kean gave the Bengals the ball back and on the first play of the drive Ryan Lehotsky thew a 46-yard TD pass to Rob Smith. Buffalo State inches back trailing 26-14 with 12:33 to play.

Buffalo State's not done yet. A 43-yard pass play from Lehotsky to Smith set the Bengals up deep in Kean territory. Greg Spears finished the drive with a 6-yard touchdown run. The Bengals trail, 26-21, with 9:37 left in the game.

The Bengals take the lead, 29-26. Buffalo State took over on the Kean 15 yard line after tackling the punter on fourth down. Four plays later, Spears had a 1-yard TD run. Lehotsky then ran in the two-point conversion. 

That was short-lived. Justin McLendon returned the kickoff 85 yards, putting Kean back on top, 33-29, with 5:36 left to play.

Final: Kean 33, Buffalo State 29. It was a valiant effort by the Bengals, who finally got their act together in the second half but by that time it was too late and the team seemed to get caught up in the excitement of the comeback, costing dearly on the blown kickoff return coverage.

Buffalo State falls to 0-3 and hosts Rowan at noon next Saturday.

Check Sunday's edition of The Buffalo News for more coverage.

--- Amy Moritz

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ECC vs. Dean football live blog

Kickoff is moments away at Jim Ball Stadium in Orchard Park, N.Y. as Erie Community College hosts Dean in a Northeast Football Conference matchup.

ECC is 2-4 overall, 2-2 in the NEC and coming off a a 39-32 home win against Lackawanna last week.

Dean is 4-2 overall, 1-1 in the conference and holds a 5-4 edge in the series between the two teams. Dean has won the last three meetings.

Check back for updates throughout the game.

First quarter

12:33 An interception by Larry Whitner put ECC on Dean's 26-yard line. On the second play from scrimmage, Zedric Jospeh stayed on his feet through the line and scrambled 26 yards for a touchdown. Kats lead, 7-0.

57 seconds: Dean took advantage of an interception and a 4th-and-13 conversion to get on the board before the end of the quarter on an 8-yard run by Rico Brazil, but a missed PAT keeps the Kats in the lead, 7-6.

Second quarter

11:01 Two big third-down conversions helped ECC sustain a drive, capped by a 1-yard run by QB Tyheen Taylor. Taylor hit Gavin Gaiser for a 26-yard pick up on a 3rd-and-6 while Joseph had a 14-yard run on a 3rd-and-7. The 11-play, 70-yard drive took 4:50 and the PAT puts the Kats up, 14-6.

7:39 Big defensive stop for ECC. After the Kats gave up a big pass play made more significant with a late hit call added to the end of it, Dean was marching down the field. ECC buckled down just outside the red zone and Dean was going to attempt a 40-yard field goal on 4th-and-10 but an illegal substitution call on ECC made it 4th-and-5 and Dean went for the first down. ECC stopped the run short, kept points off the board, and took over on downs at its own 17 yard line.

5:49 Short-lived momentum. Kats QB Taylor fumbles and Dean takes over on the ECC 32-yard line.

3:51 Dean turns the fumble into points as Blaine Moriarty hits a 32-yard field goal. The ECC lead is now 14-9.

2.5 seconds: Dean intercepts ECC on the 11-yard line. ECC had three shots at the end zone from the 11, but two ruled incomplete passes to the sideline and the interception end the opportunity.

Halftime: ECC leads, 14-9

Joseph has 115 yards on 18 carries in the first half as ECC holds a a slight edge in total offense -- 189 yards to 122. Malcolm RIcks is leading the Kats' defense with eight tackles, including two for loss, and one sack. 

Third quarter

4:27 More punts in this quarter than in the entire first half. Mike Lawandus missed a 45-yard field goal for the Kats. Dean takes over on downs at its own 27-yard-line. ECC still leads, 14-9.

1:58 Another missed field goal for Lewandus, this time 41-yards. Dean takes over at its own 24 yard line. Dangerous time for ECC as Dean keeps hanging around.

End of the quarter and Dean is driving. The Kats defense is playing well, but the offense needs to give them a bit more cushion.

Fourth quarter

10:53 ECC is driving and Joseph is leading the charge. He has 158 yards on 27 carries.

5:29 Dean takes the lead, 17-14. A 37-yard pass play from Jawad Yatim to RIco Brazil erased a 3rd-and-9 and put Dean in the red zone. Three players later Brazil had a 6-yard TD run. The two-point conversion was good.

3:37 Time is running out on the Kats. The went four-and-out, suffering a sack on 4th-and-3. Dean takes over on downs at the ECC 27 yard line and the Kats have no timeouts left.

1:33 ECC takes over on downs at its own 15. The Kats need some magic to pull this one out.

Final: Dean 17, ECC 14 

The Kats drove down to the Dean 30 yard, attempted to try a 47-yard field goal with seven seconds left, but were flagged for an illegal substitution. A completed pass got the Kats to the 2-yard line but time expired before another play could run.

Joseph finished with 31 carries for 168 yards.

See more details in Sunday's edition of The Buffalo News.

--- Amy Moritz

Source: No verbal from Bonner

Contrary to reports, UB has not recieved a verbal committment from Ohio cornerback Machael Bonner, a source told The Buffalo News.

The 5-foot-11, 165-pound Bonner from Huber Heights, Ohio is listed as one of the top 150 corners in the country by

---Rodney McKissic




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Bob Dicesare

Bob DiCesare

Western New York native Bob DiCesare covers UB football, Big 4 basketball and writes an occasional column. He still holds a grudge against Chris Ford who, he's convinced, cost St. Bonaventure the 1970 NCAA basketball championship.

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Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz, a native of Lockport, has covered colleges for The Buffalo News since 1999. She has a bachelor’s degree in journalism/mass communication from St. Bonaventure University and a master’s degree in humanities from the University at Buffalo. An endurance athlete, she has completed several triathlons, half marathons and marathons.

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