UConn 17, UB 3
Game Analysis: Four plays were the difference as UB fell short in a game it could have taken. Missed tackles factored in two big plays by UConn wideout Nick Williams, one of which set up a TD and the other accounting for the game's final points. A missed FG by Peter Fardon hurt. The end zone interception thrown by Chazz Anderson was a killer. Four plays. Otherwise, UB led in first downs, 16-13. in rushing yards, 126-80. And in total yards, 319-293. They led most everywhere but the scoreboard.
Turning Point: UConn LB Yawin Smallwood stepped in front of Anderson's pass for Alex Neutz on a third-and-5 from the UConn 5 midway through the third quarter. The Bulls had started the drive on their own 15 and had covered 80 yards in 11 plays. To come away with nothing while trailing, 10-3 . . .
Player of the Game: Williams, the national leader in kick returns last year, turned two short receptions into 113 receiving yards and a touchdown and came to the rescue of a UConn offense short on firepower.
Stat of the Game: UConn punter Cole Wagner averaged 44.2 per kick and came up large on a couple of challenging occasions.
Counting: UB LB Khalil Mack had 1.5 tackles for losses. He entered with a nation-high 7.5 in the category.
Short: UB RB Branden Oliver finished with 84 yards on 23 attempts, falling shy of becoming the first Bulls back since James Starks to string four 100-yard rushing days.
He Said It: "I couldn't tell you what his 40-yard dash is but, boy, it looked fast when he had that ball running up the middle of the field." UConn coach Paul Pasqualoni on Williams.
In the House: There were 18,215 at UB Stadium for Homecoming. Who schedules a Big East team on Homecoming?
Next Up: For that matter, who schedules a trip to Tennessee with the Vols coming off a bye week (and, as it turns out, a loss to Florida)? Saturday at 12:30 the Bulls have a chance to shock the country.
-- Bob DiCesare
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