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UB-Miami Game Analysis

Miami 41, UB 13

How Miami Won:  Think of the RedHawks passing game like a motion offense in basketball. The defense is most vulnerable at an area it has just defended. Miami loves to slip receivers behind the first receiver through and Bulls – although they knew it was coming – failed to adapt. Miami front four also scored a decisive victory over UB offensive line, halting Bo Oliver (47 yards) and pressuring Chazz Anderson as game wore on.

Turning Point: Bulls were outscored 14-0 the remainder of the first half after Peter Fardon missed another extra point. Coincidence?

Player of the Game: Miami QB Zac Dysert was surgical in finding his receivers and wasn’t hurried often. He completed his first 11 and finished 20 of 25 for 313 yards and five TDs. And he’ll be back. He’s only a junior.

 Stat of the Game: UB went 5 for 5 on third down in the first quarter and 1 of 11 thereafter.

 Stat of the Game II: Miami totaled three sacks and nine tackles for losses.

 He Said It: “”Very disappointing. Embarrassing. It’s unacceptable.”” – UB coach Jeff Quinn.

 In the House: There were 16,131 on hand for Homecoming on a picturesque autumn afternoon in the Heartland.

 Next Up: UB has a free week before heading to greatly improved Eastern Michigan for their final road game of the season. It will not, Quinn said, be a week off.

 Bob DiCesare



Final: Miami 41, UB 13

OXFORD, Ohio -- We'll be getting underway shortly. UB (2-6, 1-3) vs. Miami (2-5, 1-2). Two teams disappointed in what they've accomplished to this point. . . . Partly cloudy. 54. 10 percent chance of rain. . . . Miami was a 5 1/2-point favorite last I saw. I still like UB today. 27-23. . . . Alex Neutz will be handling punt returns for Bulls, replacing Devon Hughes, who replaced Cortney Lester, who replaced the injured Terrell Jackson. I like the move. Neutz has surest hands on team from what I've seen. Not sure if there's been a chance at kicker. No change noted on the depth chart. It looked in warmups that it was status quo, with Pete Fardon handling short kicks and Pat Clarke warming up from 40 yards and beyond. . . . Miami wins toss and will receive.


Miami 7-0, 14:22 : Bulls pay big time for blown coverage as Zac Dysert hits Dawan Scott out of backfield and the freshman takes it 71 yards untouched down the middle of the field. LBs Lee Skinner and Jaleel Verser were in pursuit. Imagine one of them missed assignment but not certain as of yet. Could it haven't started worse for Bulls? Only if RedHawks scored on first play, instead of the second.

UB 7, Miami 7, 11:34: Bulls answer with 60-yard touchdown connection between Chazz Anderson and Alex Neutz. Perfectly thrown ball down left sideline after Neutz pulls away from coverage. That's a career-long reception for Neutz (Note that extra point was good). TD came on third-and-8 and completed six-play, 75-yard drive.

Miami 14-7, 6:36: Last possession wins??? RedHawks come right back with 74-yard drive capped by Dysert's 7-yard thrown to Andy Cruse. Bulls went possession with Okoye Houston in for Josh Copeland at strong safety, leading me to believe Copeland was one who missed assignment on the Scott TD.

Miami 14, UB 13, 1:59: Seriously? Last possession wins? Bulls drive for another TD with Anderson plunging in from a yard out. AND THEN FARDON MISSES KICK. Enough. That's it. Either Pat Clarke kicks or Bulls go for two every time. This is ridiculous. Anderson was splendid on drive, completing 29-yarder to Marcus Rivers and beating blitz for 34-yarder to Neutz that took it to the 3. Neutz already over 100 yards receiving for the third time this year.

Miami 21, UB 13, :26: We have our fifth TD of the first quarter. Miami goes 73 in four plays with Dysert to Chris Givens from the 7 capping things off. RedHawks receivers totally confusing Bulls with underneath routes into cleared areas. Dyset 9 of 9 for 187 yards and three TDs. Anderson 8 of 10 for 146 and one.


Bulls begin quarter with game's first punt. . . . RedHawks sub Dysert with Austin Boucher on first possession of quarter. Not as strange as it may seem. Boucher has seen time this year and he was QB who led Miami to MAC title after Dysert went down injured last year. . . . RedHawks forced to punt after Boucher INC on third and 3. Should have been a pick. ... Bulls punt again. Miami start on own 21. Dysert back in.

MIAMI, 28-13, 5:56 . . . but Dysert throws two incompletions on drive!! 6-yard pass to Justin Semmes finishes 79-yard march. Underneath route to FB after receiver clears.  Dysert has matched career single-game high with fourth TD pass. I'm liking his chances of setting new personal best.

HALFTIME: Same score. RedHawks have shut down Oliver (24 yards). Dysert is 15 of 18 for 268 and 4. Anderson is 13 of 19 for 186 and 1. Neutz has four catches for 110.

Bulls have annouced that Neutz is out for the game with a sprained wrist. Not exactly sure how or when it happened. He dropped pass over middle on his last play before leaving so it could have been before then.


Bulls have nothing to show for two third-quarter possession. They have one third-down conversion after going 5 for 5 in first quarter.

MIAMI 35-13, 8:23: RedHawks match season high for points in a game when Tyrone Jones goes in from the 1. Drive covered 51 yards in four plays. It's their third scoring drive today of four plays or less at this was the shortest. Dyset now 17 of 22 for 297.

MIAMI 41-13, 4:22: Dysert ties school record with fifth TD pass (Ben Roethlisberger did it twice, among others). Do we really still have more than a quarter to play? Really? Seriously??? (RedHawks missed extra point btw).


UB just stopped on four shots from inside the Miami 1 after Isaac Baugh nearly returned a fumble for a touchdown.

 No scoring.

-- Bob DiCesare


Welcome to Oxford, Ohio

OXFORD, Ohio -- Good afternoon everybody from the "Cradle of Coaches." It takes a bit of work to find Miami (my GPS instructed: Turn right on unnamed road) but once you find it, what a place! Just a gorgeous campus made to look all the more impressive by this beautiful fall day. Mostly sunny skies. Temperatures around 50. And the leaves still holding on to a little bit of color.

UB arrived two hours before kickoff and walked the field, as is its custom. It's Homecoming here, and homecoming (smaller case) for Chazz Anderson, Josh Copeland and Lee Skinner, all of whom played their high school football about an hour from here.

Sweet place, Yager Stadium. The entry plaza trumpets Miami's standing as the "Cradle of Coaches" and features statues of the greats who have both attended Miami and coached here. The statues include Ara Parseghian, Bo Schembechler and Weeb Ewbank. Paul Brown goes up next year. (Have to wonder if UB AD Warde Manuel genuflected upon passing Bo. He played under Schembechler at Michigan).

A view of campus is hidden from the press box by woods. But I walked up-up-up the hill and it was definitely worth the hike. I don't know how many bricks make up all the buildings here, but I'm guessing we're in the multi-multi-multi millions. Very stately appearance.





Bob DiCesare




Inside College Football chat with Bob DiCesare

Aquinas forward commits to Canisius

---Phil Valenti, a 6-7 senior forward from Aquinas High School in Rochester, has given a verbal commitment to attend Canisius College, according to a source.

Valenti averaged 17 points, 11 rebounds and four assists while helping Aquinas (23-2) reach the Class A state semifinals last season. Valenti was also offered scholarships to Boston University, Hofstra and Central Connecticut State.

Canisius had a scholarship available when incoming freshman Jose Agosto didn’t qualify academically. The 6-5, 215-pound Agosto signed with Canisius last spring.

---Rodney McKissic


UB-Northern Illinois Game Recap

Northern Illinois 31, UB 30

Why UB Lost: It’ll be a long time (one would think) before the Bulls' special teams perform as abysmally as they did Saturday. Ed Young lost a muffed punt. Cortney Lester lost a muffed punt. Patrick Clarke knocked an important kickoff out of bounds. And Peter Fardon missed the extra point with 14 seconds left that would have sent the game to overtime. The special teams' collapse ruined what had been a solid and sometimes spectacular day on both the offensive and defensive sides of the ball.

Turning Point: Self-evident.

Player of the Game: Chazz Anderson threw a pair of interceptions but was otherwise brilliant. He completed 35 of 53 for a school-record 404 yards, threw for three touchdowns and ran for another while going for 56 yards on the ground. One of his completions came on a left-handed throw on the run. At times in the fourth quarter he would have made Doug Flutie jealous.

Stat of the Game: UB had 33 first downs to 15 for Northern Illinois.

Stat of the Game II: UB amassed 572 offensive yards to 328 for the Huskies.

Stat of the Game III: UB turned it over five times, Northern none.

He Said It: “I did find that I do have a football team and we do have a football team that’s going to fight, and I was very proud of them for that. To be down 31-10 and come back the way our kids did says we have a group of young men.” UB coach Jeff Quinn.

In the House: 13,370 paid. Not much in the way of students.

Next up: Bulls head down to Oxford, Ohio, next Saturday for 3:30 meeting with Miami, the defending MAC champ (but not playing like it).

-- Bob DiCesare

Northern 31, UB 30 -- FINAL

We're back at UB Stadium for today's noon start. Good morning everybody. It's another difficult test for the Bulls, this time against Northern's offensive machine. Can UB match NIU's firepower, as it did against Ohio? As wild as this game might become I still believe the running game is key to UB's chances. They need to eat some clock and establish Branden Oliver as a threat in order to minimize the heat on QB Chazz Anderson.


0-0, 10:50: UB playing with big-time emotion on the defensive side. Forced a three-and-out on NIU's first possession and persevered when an Ed Young muffed punt gave Huskies another shot starting at UB 22. NIU came away pointless when 41-yard field goal attempt was blocked by Colby Way. Bulls also went three-on-out first time with ball.

Loving Jaleel Verser today. Already has a couple tackles for losses and a pass breakup. Defensive pursuit best I've seen but NIU's marching now. 30-yard pass from Harnish to Palmer has Northern inside UB 25.

NIU 3-0, 5:22: Sims hits FG from 40 for Huskies to cap 34-yard drive that began with recovery of Branden Oliver fumble. Bulls got a break when Nathan Palmer dropped 22-yard TD pass in end zone on third down.

3-3, 1:16: UB answers with 31-yard Fardon FG. Anderson has big completions to Rivers (21) and Neutz (28) on drive.

END OF FIRST: Exceptional defensive performance by UB. Harnish a mere 1 of 9 passing. Bulls getting pressure and the coverage has been super. Conversely, Anderson is 7 of 9 for 83 yards. Oliver just ripped off 21 yards and UB has drive going near midfield to start second quarter.


13:10: Fardon missed badly from 38 yards. Really thought Bulls would go for it on fourth-and-2 from 21. Offense was rolling again.

NIU, 10-3, 5:45: Huskies converted TWO fourth down on 78-yard drive capped by Jasmin Hopikins 1-yard run. Totally miffed by UB decision not to go for it on previous series. Just made no sense especially given their erradic kicking game. Huskies coverted fourth-and-2 from UB 30 and Hopkins TD came on a fourth-down play. Harnish had big scramble to 1 on third down.

10-10, 3:21: Anderson goes in from the 3 on third down and Bulls have knotted it up again. Neutz had another big reception on drive (27 yards) and Oliver went 13 yards up the gut on a nicely conceived and timed draw.

Northern 17-10, :37: Huskies go 57 yards with Harnish run from the 6 finishing off drive.

HALFTIME: Anderson 16 of 22 for 211 and Bulls have just 10 points to show for it. Decision to try FG could be turning point of afternoon. Huskies have rolled their last two possessions and will get ball to start second half.


Northern Illinois, 24-10: Whamo! Huskies take kickoff and go 72 yards in 42 seconds. Series opened with 39-yard pass to Perez Ashford and ended with Jasmin Hopkins running in from the 12. That's three TDs on the last three possessions for a team that ranks fourth in the country in scoring.

Northern Illinois, 31-10, 8:49: Two muffs cost Ed Young his punt returner's role. Cortney Lester goes in and -- muffs it. Huskies go 33 yards in a rush and the rout is on. Spectacularly brutal special-teams performance by Bulls today. Total disintegration. Five fumbles, three lost for Bulls today. Jeffvon Gill also recovered his own fumble on kickoff return.

Bulls DE Steven Means walked off the field under his own power with 11:17 remaining but will not return. He'll be undergoing X-rays. It appeared Means may have jammed his neck going in head-first on a tackle. He was down for an extended period before rising.


Northern, 31-17, 12:38: Anderson and Neutz connect on a 5-yard TD pass. Neutz has six catches for 102.

Huskies muffed kickoff and will start from own 2 following illegal block penalty. . . . Bulls force punt (it goes unfielded) and take over at own 46. Could get interesting. . . . Anderson third-down pass intercepted by Rashaan Melvin at Northern 17.

Northern, 31-24: Hold on, folks. Bulls got 55 yards in 53 seconds. Anderson to Rivers for a 16-yard TD pass. Anderson has career-high 355 passing yards.

Clarke kick goes OB. ARe you kidding me????????????? Huskies start at own 40 with 4:14 left. . . . Bulls hold. Northern in punt formation. Hughes deep at own 15. . . . Hughes fair catch at own 12. 2:49 left, 89 yards to go.

UB first down at Northern 44. 1:34 left. . . . Anderson to Neutz for 16 on 4th and 10. Bulls down to 22. 55 seconds..... Slant to Rivers gets 15. Down to 7. Anderson keeper stopped at 3. Bulls take final timeout with 23 seconds left. Anderson up to 401 yards passing. Only second UB QB to do it. Zach Maynard had 400 vs. Pitt in 2009

Anderson to Young for 3 yard TD.




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UB-Temple Game Analysis

 TEMPLE 34, UB 0

   Why Temple Won: This is a program with an identity. Give big-time credit to Temple
first-year coach Steve Addazio. the former Florida offensive coordinator looked at what he
inherited from Al Golden and resisted any urge to tamper and put his own distinct stamp on
things. UB tried to combat Temple ground attack by stacking box, but Bernard Pierce confounded
that strategy by breaking plays outside.

   Turning Point: UB's defensive game plan was to force Temple QB Chester Stewart into passing
situations. They had him in a third-and-8 from midfield on Temple's opening drive. And he
promptly hit Rod Streater for an 18-yard gain that said, We're not as one-dimensional as
everybody thinks we are.‘ That set the tone.

   Player of the Game: It should come down to either Pierce or Toledo standout receiver Eric
Page for MAC Offensive Player of the Year. Tough call. UB doesn't face Toledo, so it might be
hard to convince Bulls there's a greater impact player than Pierce, who went for 154 on 23
with only three second-half carries.

   Stat of the Game: Stewart was 4 of 4 passing on Temple's opening drive with a pair of
third-down completions. Conversely, UB's Chazz Anderson completed nine passes … for the game.

   Stat of the Game II: Temple was 8 of 18 on third-down conversions, UB 2 of 13.

   They Said It: It's completely disappointing and embarrassing,‘ Bulls head coach Jeff

   In the House: Very nice crowd in the lower bowl at Lincoln Financial Field and 25,820

   Up Next: UB plays its second MAC crossover when Northern Illinois bring its high-powered
offense to UB Stadium at noon Saturday.

-- Bob DiCesare



Final: Temple 34, UB 0

ALERT: Bulls SR slot receiver Terrell Jackson was placed on a backboard, immobilized and taken from field on a stretcher after being injured on a kickoff return early in second quarter. Will provide updates as they become available. Jackson had returned the kick and was taken down at the UB 17 on the Owls sideline following a lengthy, cut-across-the-field run.

UPDATE: UB trainers report that Jackson has feeling and movement.

FURTHER UPDATE: X-rays on Jackson negative. He's going for an MRI. Has some tingling in extremities.

PHILADELPHIA -- Hello everybody from LIncoln Financial Field, home of the Philadelphia Eagles and, today, the Temple Owls. Mild but breezy-gusty day here in the City of Brotherly Love. Goal posts are swaying. Winds (35 mph) will make the downfield passing game even more of a challenge for UB but could enable the Bulls to stack the box without reservation against a Temple team that doesn't throw often. Both teams are 1-1 in the MAC East so this is a big one in terms of the race to the division crown, I'll be providing updates and observations throughout. Kickoff is 1 p.m.

There is no TV on this one. It'll be webstreamed at All-MACcess.


TEMPLE 3-0: Owls end opening drive with a 28-yard Brandon McManus field goal. Temple marches to UB 10 before Josh Copeland made nice tackle in space on Bernard Pierce on third down. Temple QB Chester Stewart went 4 for 4 for 38 yards on opening drive, with a pair of third-down completions. Bulls are stacking box and challenging Stewart and he's had success.

TEMPLE 10-0, late in first: Pierce is special. He breaks Josh Copeland tackle in backfield and goes in from the 2 to complete 72-play drive. Pierce got outside twice on Bulls for gains of 28 and 9. He already has 15 carries and 86 yards. TD was his 16th, tying his own single-season school record. He now shares school career record of 43 TDs with Paul Palmer.

Jasen Carlson started for Dillon Guy at LG for Bulls. Gives UB more experience up front.

UB has its second three-and-out. Anderson's 0for-2 passing. First was deflected and almost picked. Second fell short of Branden Oliver but would have gone nowhere anyway.


Third straight three-and-out for Bulls. They thought about going for it on fourth-and-one from their own 29 with 11:34 left in quarter and then decided against it.

TEMPLE 17-0, 10:42: Maybe Bulls shouldn't have punted. Two plays later Pierce sets school single-season and career TD record with his longest run of year, a 53-yarder untouched down the left sideline. He's at 18 carries for 141. His combination of speed and strength makes him so hard to defend. Teams have to respect him inside, but if they stack too tight, boom, he'll just break it outside.

TEMPLE 24-0, 5:21: UB finally put the Owls into punt formation and it blew up in Bulls' face. Temple short-snaps to Ahkeem Smith, who bolts up middle, breaks tackle around 10 and goes in from 49 out for Owls' third TD.

Peter Fardon's 39-yard FG attempt blocked by rush from left side with 1:13 remaining. Fardon appeared late in getting kick away. Looked like ball had been placed by Jacob Schum before Fardon began his approach. We're replay-limited here today. 

Pierce 51-yard TD run with 30 seconds left negated by chop block. Bulls can't wait to get to halftime.

HALFTIME: Pierce has 20 carries for 150 and Owls have 239 yards on the ground to UB's 50. Chazz Anderson just 7 of 16 passing with another drop by Marcus Rivers in there.

THIRD QUARTER: Temple, 31-0. Matt Brown goes 58 yards for TD. Not sure Tennessee game was this lopsided.


-- Bob DiCesare




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