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Scheumann Stadium: UB-Ball St.

MUNCIE, IND. -- Hello from Heartland America (Scheumann Stadium to be specific). You can see the Ball St. band warming up for tonight's game. Big one for second-year UB coach Jeff Quinn, who had just one win to show for his rookie season. We'll be back with more later.

-- Bob DiCesare

Scheumann Stadium: UB-Ball St.

The Kellen Moore Debate

TOLEDO -- I've no doubt Boise State QB Kellen Moore's Heisman material after watching him shred a banged-up Toledo defense for more than 400 passing yards Friday night. But pro material? I'm not so sure, not at 6-foot, less than 200 pounds and operating predominately in the shotgun spread. He's accurate, but I don't see the arm strength. Moore could win the Heisman -- he's a superb college player -- and then go fourth-round in the NFL draft. Meanwhile, keep an eye on the development of Toledo sophomore QB Terrance Owens. He's 6-4 and can bring it.

-- Bob DiCesare

Fluellen Rising

TOLEDO-Former Lockport High All-WNYer Dave Fluellen is getting carries as the primary backup to Rockets RB Adonis Thomas. Fluellen entered Friday's game against Boise State with 49 yards on 11 carries and ran three times for a total loss of a yard in the second quarter Friday. Thomas is a senior, meaning Fliellen could end up Toledo's feature back the next two years.

-- Bob DiCesare

The real Glass Bowl

Whoops! Hit a thumbnail of Heinz Field on last post. Here's the Glass Bowl.

-- Bob DiCesare

The real Glass Bowl

Toledo-Boise State Pit Stop

Like I could resist stopping in Toledo for tonight's Toledo-Boise State game on my way to Muncie, Ind. for tomorrow's UB-Ball State tilt. This is the Glass Bowl. I'm told it's the best stadium in the MAC and I believe it. Great facility. Awesome setting. Glad I stopped . Looking forward to watching Heisman candidate Kellen Moore and the fourth-ranked Broncos against a Toledo team that scared the heck out of Ohio State last week. Then it's down the road (well, a few roads) to Muncie to see if UB's ready to take a step forward.

-- Bob DiCesare

Toledo-Boise State Pit Stop

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MAC honors Mack

UB linebacker Khalil Mack has been named Mid-American Conference East Division Defensive Player of the Week for his performance in Saturday's 24-7 romp over Stony Brook. Mack previously had been named National Defensive Player of the Week by College Football Performance Awards. Mack, a sophomore, had eight tackles, 3.5 tackles for losses, forced two fumbles and picked off a pass as the Bulls evened their record at 1-1.

-- Bob DiCesare

 

UB's Mack Honored

UB's Khalil Mack has been named National Linebacker of the Week by College Football Performance Awards. What's that, you ask? I'm not sure. But it certainly can't be a bad thing. Mack had eight tackles, 3 1/2 tackles for losses, forced two fumbles and picked a pass in Saturday's 35-7 conquest of Stony Brook.

A UB release says the goal of College Football Performance Awards is to provide the most scientifically rigorous conferments in college football. Recipients are selected exclusively based upon objective scientific rankings of the extent to which individual players increase the overall effectiveness of their teams.

There you have it. All I know is he was, as usual, all over the place Saturday.

-- Bob DiCesare

UB-Stony Brook Game Analysis

The Result: UB no longer owns the third-longest losing streak in the nation. The Bulls walked off the field winners for the first time in nine games with a 35-7 romp over fellow SUNY school Stony Brook. The outcome was to be expected although the Bulls needed some big plays from Bo Oliver to put the Seawolves away.

Turning Point: Oliver’s 49-yard run late in the second quarter opened a 21-7 UB lead. A key block by guard Andre Davis enabled Oliver to turn on the jets.

Player of the Game: Three guesses. Oliver totaled 126 yards on 15 carries.

Runner-Up: Khalil Mack is a force. The sophomore LB had eight tackles, a sack, an interception and forced two fumbles. No second-year jinx for him.  

 Dumbest New Rule: The crackdown on unsportsmanlike behavior reached the point of absurdity when Mack was flagged for holding the ball in front of him just before crossing the goal line on a 26-yard interception return. Because he wasn’t yet in the end zone, the touchdown was taken off the board. Pretty soon football will be an emotionless game.

Vindication: Mack forced a Miguel Maysonet third-quarter fumble that was recovered by Lee Skinner, setting up UB’s fourth touchdown.

Stat of the Game: Stony Brook had 98 rushing yards after the first quarter but no aerial game when it was required.

 He Said It: “It was a good feeling, man.” Oliver on UB’s first victory since Oct. 2 of last season.

What’s Next for UB: The Bulls head to Muncie, Ind., to open MAC play Saturday against David Letterman’s alma mater, Ball State. The Cardinals were picked to finish last in the MAC West but beat Indiana in their opener. They were thwacked by No. 22 South Florida, 37-7, Saturday.

Overflow Notes: Running back Jeffvon Gill is down to No. 3 on the depth chart with freshman Anthone Taylor up to No. 2. Taylor replaced Oliver in the fourth quarter. Afterward, Coach Jeff Quinn made it clear that he needs to see more out of Gill in practice. I think he's referencing Gill's understanding of the offense and his assignments, or lack thereof. But it's a long season. Be interesting to see how it plays out . . . Can't remember the last time I saw so many UB students in the house. Most bolted shortly after halftime, but it was a Saturday night and the outcome had been settled. . . . Quinn said the trainer's told him the Bulls emerged injury-free.

MAC Mussings: Kansas beat Northern Illinois, 45-42, on a 6-yard TD pass with nine seconds left. It looks like Turner Gill finally has an offense. NIU is home to Wisconsin this week and visits UB Oct. 22  Huskies QB Chandler Harnish was 27 of 33 for 315 and two TDs against the Jayhawks. . . Wow. Northern host Wisconsin this week and Toledo, which could (should) have been Ohio State Saturday entertains No. 4 Boise State on Friday. ... Temple toyed with Akron, 41-3, on the road. RB Bernard Pierce went 18-150-3 and is averaging just about 8 yards a carry in two games.

-- Bob DiCesare

 

 

 

 

 

Baugh out for Bulls

Strong safety Issac Baugh has been declared out for tonight's game against Stony Brook because of a shoulder injury suffered in the season opener against Pitt. Baugh practiced on a limited basis this week and wanted to play, but it was decided a game's rest would be in his best interests with the Mid-American Conference opener looming next week at Ball State.

Elsewhere, Toledo certainly validated its status as the team to beat in the MAC with Saturday's near upset of 15th-ranked Ohio State in Columbus. Rockets wideout Erie Page had 12 catches for 145 yards and two TDs in the 27-22 loss. Toledo entertains No. 4 Boise State Friday and, now that I think about it, I'll be driving by Toledo Friday on my way to Muncie, Ind. Pit stop!!!

-- Bob DiCesare

 

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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.

@TBNDicesare | bdicesare@buffnews.com


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.

@amymoritz | amoritz@buffnews.com

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