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Potts Ineligible

UB running back James Potts has been declared academically ineligible and will be unavailable to the team at least until the end of the first semester. Sources say that Potts, a red-shirt freshman, missed the qualifying standard by a hair. He was not listed on the depth chart for UB's opener against Pitt last Saturday, with Branden Oliver, Jeffvon Gill and true freshman Anthone (prounced Anthony) Taylor all ahead of him. Potts could be reinstated for a a bowl game if he meets standards and the Bulls were to qualify.

Coach Jeff Quinn held his weekly news conference Tuesday to review the loss at Pitt and look ahead to Saturday's home opener against Stony Brook. Quinn was high on his team's performance and QB Chazz Anderson, who accompanied him at the news conference, said he's convinced the Bulls can contend for the MAC title. More on that in Wednesday's editiions of The News.

Live UB/MAC chat coming up at 2 o'clock today.

-- Bob DiCesare

 

Bulls No Worse for Wear

UB came out of Saturday's season opener at Pitt without any major injury concerns. Safety Issac Baugh, who left early in the third quarter, is expected to practice this week in preparation for Saturday's home opener against Stony Brook. The Seawolves opened some eyes with an opening OT loss at UTEP, a game they once led by 14. The Brook is huge on the O-line and depends on its ground game.

Bob DiCesare

Rising at Kansas

Remember Darius Willis, the highly regarded prospect who transferred from UB to follow Turner Gill to Kansas? He's starting at MLB and had six tackles in the opener against McNeese St.

http://www.kansascity.com/2011/08/28/3106129/darius-willis-happy-he-followed.html

-- Bob DiCesare

UB-Pitt Game Analysis

Pitt 35, UB 16

Game analysis: Solid opening showing for UB in spite of the defeat. QB Chazz Anderson provides exactly what they needed at position: poise and a commanding presence. Offensive line did solid job against pretty good Big East front. Inexperienced defensive secondary held its own.

How Pitt won: Panthers wore Bulls down over the long haul, as was evidenced by Ray Graham’s final rushing total -- 209 yards. Still, UB had its chances to hang in. Ed Young’s two drops – particularly the second – were crushing blows. He’s better than that and was stand-up about it afterward.

 Turning Point: It was a crazy second half as Pitt answered UB scoring drives with its own. Outcome might have been different if Young hauls in first-down pass deep in Panther territory with Bulls down 28-16 and just under six minutes remaining.

Player of the game: Pitt’s Graham was relentless in piling up his 209 on 29 attempts and finding the end zone three times. Broke off a 75-yarder late to set up his final TD.

Stat of the Game: Bulls led in first down, 28-21, and had just seven fewer yards than the Panthers.

Stat of the Game II: Freshman LB Lee Skinner had a team-high nine tackles. He moved into starting role because of season-ending concussion suffered by John Syty.

He said it: “”I let my team down. It’s just on me. I catch balls every day in practice and it’s my job to catch the ball. “” – Ed Young on a toughest day of his career.

Line Shuffle: The Bulls ended up starting Matt Ostrowski at left tackle, Dillon Guy at left guard, Graham Whinery at center, Andre Davis at right guard and Gokhan Ozkan at right tackle. Neither Jasen Carlson nor Josh Violanti, both injured centers, made an appearance.

Injury Update: Safety Issac Baugh left following Pitt's first offensive play of the third quarter and did not return. He'll be evaluated Sunday.

In the house: 48,359 at Heinz Field. Or so they announced. But I’ll give ‘em 40K.

Up next: Stony Book, a member of the Football Championship Subidivision, travels cross state to UB Stadium Saturday at 6 p.m.

 -- Bob DiCesare

 

UB-Pitt Game Thread

UB vs. Pittsburgh

at Heinz Field

First Quarter

9:10 -- Pitt 7-0 -- Panthers strike first, marching 54 yards in eight plays on their second possession. Zach Brown's 6-yard run caps the drive, which took just 2:04 as Pitt ran the no-huddle to perfection, maintaining a sharp tempo throughout. . . . Freshman LB Lee Skinner's already been in on six tackles for Bulls. He got the starting job when John Syty was declared out for season with a concussion.

End of First: Panthers driving and have a second-and-seven from the UB 13. Kevin Harper ends up missing 32-year field goal wide right after Colby Way produces first career sack on third down. Bulls getting little going offensively after opening drive on which Branden Oliver ran for 23 yards. Drive starts haven't helped. Bulls have opened series on own 5, 9, 26 and 40. Last three series have been three and out.

Second Quarter

What is it with Buffalo receivers against Pittsburgh teams? Wide-open Ed Young drops a TD pass from Anderson at the Pitt goal line. I mean, there was no one within 10 yards of him on the play from the Pitt 33. Stevie Johnson can emphathize. Bulls end up with a 40-yard Pete Fardon FG to draw within 7-3 with 4:33 until the half. It was first career attempt for Fardon.

Third Quarter

Bulls looked dead when Pitt went up 14-3 shortly after Chas Alecxih intercepted a Chazz Anderson screen and rambled 47 yards to UB 20. How did Anderson responded? By leading Bulls on a 13-play, 76-yard TD drive that ended with 4:22 left in the second quarter. Nothing like having a fifth-year senior under center.

Strong safety Issac Baugh is out (shoulder). The injury occurred on the play before Pitt's last touchdown.

Pitt answers UB touchdown and leads, 21-10. Graham rushes in from short distance. Panthers covered 74 yards in eight plays and 2 minutes, 29 seconds.

Fourth  Quarter

Chazz Anderson's the real deal. Bounce-back from INT off screen has been impressive. Great poise. Doesn't rattle. Bulls open quarter with second-and-4 from Pitt 21.

What a catch by Alex Neutz, outbattling DB Saheed Imoru for an Anderson pass good for a 20-yard gain to the  3. Oliver takes it in from there. Bulls then go for two and misfire. That was a mistake. Too early to be playing the math game. There's still 13:27 left.

Pitt 28-16. Panthers go 60 yards in six plays, needing just 1:36. Sunseri to Shanahan from 6 caps it off. There's still more than 11 minutes left.

-- Bob DiCesare

 

UB-Pitt Pregame

PITTSBURGH -- Finally made it to Heinz Field after driving all over downtown looking for the media lot. And leaving my cell phone in the car. And walking a half-mile to the media entrance in 95-degree heat (no lie). But who cares???? It's football season and opening kickoff is less than three hours away.

Quite an atmosphere outside the stadium. A lot of tailgaters. Plenty of vendor stands. Not sure if they set up all these stands for Steeler games (or for Pitt games outside of the opener) but it's a cool idea. I'd imagine UB could get more community buy-in if it turned the outside of UB Stadium into a mini Taste of Buffalo, particularly for home openers.

Looking around the MAC today . . . nice showing by Miami at Missouri. The RedHawks, defending MAC champs, lost 17-6 to the No. 21 Tigers . . . Ohio St. shallacked Akron, 42-0 . . . 'Bama's pounding Ken St., 48-7, late in the fourth. .... Earlier in the week: Temple blitzed Villanova (42-7), Central Michigan topped South Carolina St. (21-6), Toledo beat New Hampshire (58-22).

Good thing UB-Pitt kicks off at 6 p.m. instead of early afternoon. The heat's oppressive and still could be a factor for two teams that will be running the no-huddle spread.

-- Bob DiCesare


UB-Pitt Pregame

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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, 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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