September 11, 2011 - 12:29 AM
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