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UB/MAC Football Chat

Oliver Honored

UB running back Branden Oliver is the Mid-American Conference East Offensive Player of the Week. Oliver rushed for 179 yards on 34 carries in Saturday's 38-37 win over Ohio and scored the last of his three TDs with 5:45 remaining -- from a yard out on fourth down. Oliver, a sophomore, hails from Miami. He's rushed for at least 100 yards in four of UB's six games.

-- Bob DiCesare

UB-Ohio Game Analysis

Game Analysis: Chazz Anderson might have been playing for the rest of his career in this one. A Bulls defeat and it would have been time -- or at least close to time -- for Bulls to start looking to future. Instead, Anderson threw for 343 yards and two TDs. UB passing game was the difference. They couldn't have gotten by with Branden Oliver's big day alone.

Turning Point: Candidates abound when there are four second-half lead changes. But Bulls could have been staggered when LeVon Brazill ran 67 yards on a reverse to give Bobcats a 31-24 lead. Instead, seconds later, Ed Young took a wide receiver screen and went 90 yards for a touchdown, UB's longest passing TD since 1996.

Decision of the Game: Jeff Quinn decided it was now or never on fourth-and-goal from the Ohio 1 with UB down three and 5:45 left. They gave the ball to Oliver and he produced the winning points. Gutsy call.

Player of the Game: How does one differentiate between Anderson, who threw for 343, Oliver, who rushed for 179,  or Ed Young, who emerged from the doghouse with a flourish (five catches, 135 yards)?

He Said It: "A nine on a scale of 10." -- UB DE Steven Means describing the pain of the shots he took to the face area some 24 hours after undergoing root canal surgery.

He Said It II: ""I looked in each of those young men's eyes and said, look, this is the moment." -- Quinn on the decision to go on fourth-and-goal with less than six minutes left.

In the House: 15,051 at UB Stadium saw a game that sticks in the memory bank.

Next Up: Bulls head to Philly to face Temple Saturday. It's HUGE.

---Bob DiCesare

UB-Ohio Game Analysis

Game Analysis: Chazz Anderson might have been playing for the rest of his career in this one. A Bulls defeat and it would have been time -- or at least close to time -- for Bulls to start looking to future. Instead, Anderson threw for 343 yards and two TDs. UB passing game was the difference. They couldn't have gotten by with Brenden Oliver's big day alone.

Turning Point: They abound when there are four second-half lead changes. But Bulls could have been staggered when LeVon Brazill run 67 yards on a reverse to give Bobcats a 31-24 lead. Instead, second later, Ed Young took a wide receiver screen and went 90 yards for a touchdown, UB's longest passing TD since 1996.

Decision of the Game: Jeff Quinn decided it was now or never on fourth and goal from the Ohio 1 with UB down 3 5:45 left. They gave the ball to Oliver and he produced the winning points. Gutsy call.

Player of the Game: How does one differentiate between Anderson, Oliver and Ed Young?

In the House: 15,051 at UB Stadium saw a game that sticks in the memory bank.

Next Up: Bulls head to Philly to face Temple Saturday. It's HUGE.

-- Bob DiCesare

 

 

 

UB 38, Ohio 37 -- FINAL

Hello everyobody from UB Stadium on a spectacular October day for football. Envied all the folks tailgating in the parking lot on my way in. I've already been asked three times since I got here if Bulls can win this one. Sure they can. But I think they'll have to force a couple turnovers to get it done. Bulls have yet to play a complete game in all facets. Sometimes they click for a half offensively, or defensively, or the special teams might come up with some big plays. But all together in one game? Haven't seen it.

Going to watch early to see what kind of attention Ohio pays to UB LB Khalil Mack. UConn and Tennessee were all over him. The good news for Bulls is that other LBs, particularly Fred Branch, have picked up some of the slack. . . . Looking forward too to seeing Ohio QB Tyler Tettleton, who's off to a sizzling start in his sophomore season.

I'm going to get this off my chest ... again. Why are teams not on the field for the national anthem? Do we play it for the benefit of the spectactors? It's become commonplace in college sports, largely because TV dictates EVERYTHING. But you have to wonder when you allow TV to arrange everything to the exclusion of tradition. That's it. I'm done.

PREGAME UPDATE: Defensive end Steven Means is a doubtful starter after undergoing a root canal this morning. Colby Way, who's been playing well, could be in place of Means . . . SS Witney Sherry is out after being "dinged" in practice. . . . Alumns Dom Cook, Davonte Shannon and Naaman Roosevelt expected on sidelines for game.

FIRST QUARTER

Means is starting after all. ... Bulls got three-and-out on first possession after long pass for Neutz on first down failed to click. . . . Bobcats three and out as well. Bulls drive start about own 39.

UB 7-0, 8:58: Offense hums on 60-yard drive with Oliver bolting up the middle for the final 12.  Ed Young picked up key first down on a reverse on drive and UB ultilized Neutz out of the slot (finally!) for a 16-yard completion.

UB 7, Ohio 7, 7:42: Donte Harden takes kickoff return 67 yards before tripping up at UB 20 and then caps short drive with a 13-yard run off Tettleton option pitch on third-and-3 play.

UB 14, Ohio 7, 2:20: Bulls no-huddle spread has never looked this good. Pretty-as-a-picture drive of 88 yards ends with Oliver plunging in from the 1. Quinn doing great job with play-calling mix. Key gain was Terrell Jackson's 28-yard reception to the 1.

Anderson 9 of 11 for 106. Bulls had ball 10:31 in first quarter. Oliver has 46 yards on 13 carries. Big question now: Can Bulls sustain?

SECOND QUARTER

DB Corney Lester just helped off field for Bulls.He also missed time vs. Tennessee. Bobcats punt on fourth-and-1 from UB 36. Paul Hershey shanks punt 11 yards. UB drive start from own 25 with 10:14 left.

UB 21-7, 7:42: Anderson's just picking apart Bobcats secondary. Now he hits Neutz on 36-yard scoring pass to finish off 75-yard drive. Ed Young had at least two catches on march. Bulls will take Neutz in single coverage all day long.

UB 21-14, 5:15: Tettleton gets a great block on the edge from TE Jordan Thompson and sprints 40 yards down right sideline. Drive covers 64 yards in seven plays.

UB 24-14: Oliver's carrer-long 58-yard run takes Bulls to Ohio 2. He shook of arm tackle at line but was otherwise untouched. Stepped out on dive for end zone. And then what do Bulls do on second down? Try another reverse with Young. It lost 4 yards and they settled for 23-yard Fardon FG.

HALFTIME: UB 24, Ohio 17 -- Bobcats get late 27-yard FG from Weller off a drive kept alive by a running-into-punter penalty on Khalil Mack. Looked like Hershey could have won Academy Award on falldown. Big sack by Means on third-down play from UB 5. Oliver at 17 for 115 at half. Anderson 15 of 22 for 196 and a TD.

THIRD QUARTER

We're all tied up at 24. Bobcats take opening kick and go 68 yards, mostly with ball-control pass attack. Tettleton connects with Riley Dunlop for 9-yard TD pass.

UB LB Fred Branch taken to locker room. He was injured in scramble after Khalil Mack forced Tettleton fumble. Tettleton scrambed to recover ball. with 9:45 left in quarter.

OHIO 31, UB 24, 7:38: Bobcats spring a double reverse and Lavon Brazill takes it 67 yards untouched down the left sideline. Key block was Tettleton on Mack in backfield.

OHIO 31, UB 31, 7 and change: And then . . . Ed Young sprints 90 yards with WR screen and we're all tied up again. Young having a monster game. It's second-longest pass play for TD in school history.

Lester intercepts Tettleton's red zone pass after Issac Baugh deflection and Bulls dodge bullet. This has to be most riveting UB game since win over Ball State in 2008 MAC title game. ... That was first INT Tettleton has thrown in 178 attempts.

END OF THIRD TIED AT 31. Tettleton giving UB fits with his running. He's at 10 carries for 73 yards.

FOURTH QUARTER

OHIO 34, UB 31, 14:14: Matt Weller makes 46-yard FG that would have been good from 56.

Anderson has UB's first 300-yard passing game since Jerry Davis vs. Rhode Island last season. Bulls have drive down to Ohio 36.

UB 38, OHIO 34, 5:45 LEFT: Oliver scores his third TD on fourth-and-goal from the 1. Plunge comes at the end of 18-play drive, UB's longest of season. Personal foul by Corey Hastings on Chazz Anderson gave Bulls vital first down on the march.

 UB 38, OHIO 37, 3:23: Bobcats wisely take a 33-yard FG by Weller on fourth and 16. Chop block penalty on Ohio killed what was looking like go-ahead drive.

Ohio takes over on own 19 with 2:46 left. . . . Pass takes Bobcats to 34. CB Najja Johnson down for Bulls after incompletion. 2:30 left.

Richie Smith hammers Tettleton for sack on fourth down. Bulls take over on downs with 1:52 left. Ohio out of time outs. Should be formality. ... And it is.

 -- Bob DiCesare

 

Witherspoon Contract Extended

Reggie Witherspoon has signed a two-year extension that keeps him under contract to coach UB basketball through 2015-16.

“I am pleased to be able to sign Reggie to this extension,” AD Warde Manuel said in a press release today. “He has been an extremely successful basketball coach both on and off the court in his development of the young men in our program. In addition to that, he has served as a tremendous ambassador for the university and the Buffalo community as well. Based on last year’s performance and recent additions to the team, I look forward to a bright future for our men’s basketball program."

Good move? Definitely. Witherspoon has been criticized by some UB alums for failing to win the MAC. But he's been to the title game twice, he cares about and graduates his players, and recent recruiting classes have set the program up for a golden opportunity to get over the hump.

It's going to be a brutally tough year in the MAC East. Seemingly everybody's teeming with quality returnees. The key for UB will be the play of point guard Jarod Oldham, who takes over for Byron Mulkey. If Oldham can score a little, at least keep teams honest, that opens up all kinds of opportunity for post players like Javon McCrae and Mitchell Watt and wing sharpshooter Zach Filzen. The key is to finish top four overall in the conference in the new playoff format. Otherwise, running the table becomes a Herculean task.

-- Bob DiCesare



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UB-Tennessee Game Analysis

Tennessee 41, UB 10

Big Picture: Bulls took a major step up in class Saturday and it showed. The defense couldn't cope with the Vols speed and quickness. The offense is still having issues in the passing game, making it easier for opponents to stack against the run. Tennessee's pretty good. And the Vols could be ready to take a run at SEC title next year as this young nucleus continues to mature.

Turning Point: UB could have pulled even, or at least within four, late in the first quarter after recovering a fumbled kickoff. The drive began with a sack and ended with a miserably missed 44-yard field goal attempt by Peter Fardon. Tennessee outscored UB, 17-0, the remainder of the half.

Play of the Game: The 68-yard touchdown run by UB QB Chazz Anderson was almost comical. Nobody touched him. Nobody was close to touching him.

Player of the Game: UT QB Tyler Bray's only a sophomore? He threw for 342 and four TDs and the Vols were 12 of 16 on third-down conversions.

Stat of the Game: Tennessee had seven tackles for losses and three sacks.

He Said It: "I was proud of how we jumped out on them. It was a really good first half." Tennessee coach Derek Dooley.

In the House: Attendance was only 87,758 with students on fall break. Fall break? Didn't the semister just start?

What It Means: UB fell to 1-4 and finally is done with nonconference play. Tennessee is 3-1 and moves on to the rigors of the SEC.

What's Next: Ohio visits UB Stadium next Saturday afternoon.

-- Bob DiCesare

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tennessee 41, UB 10

KNOXVILLE -- Student fall break here in Knoxville so we're going to be well under capacity of 102,000 and changed. Like maybe 10,000-20,000 under. Still, quite the spectacle looking out at the sea of orange. Partly cloudy skies. Temperature's 54 degrees with 10 mph winds. This is the final nonconference game of the season for both teams. Tennessee comes in 2-1, having beaten Montana and Cincinnati and lost to Florida. Buffalo has lost two straigth, to Ball State (in the MAC) and UConn. After today the Bulls shift exclusively to MAC play beginning with next Saturday's visit by Ohio.

1ST QUARTER

If first series is any indication is going to be tough going for Bulls on ground. Meanwhile, Vols already moving smartly downfield with passing game . . .

7-0 TENNESSEE: Raijon Neal untouched around the left side. Three plays, 48 yards.

Bulls moving . . . Anderson picks up season-high 21 on scramble to UT 43. It adds another dimension to offense when he's willing to take off with it. Drive ends up with punt. UT drive start on own 16 with 9:35 left.

14-0 TENNESSEE: Da'Rick Rogers takes a Bray pass from the 7 in front left corner of end zone after getting inside position on Cortney Lester.  3:53 left in quarter. Vols are just too fast. Lester had RB Tauren Poole contained on run around right side but Poole just exploded around the corner for 9 yards.

14-7 TENNESSEE: Anderson goes 68 yards straight up the gut after a play-action fake to Oliver. ... Bulls recover fumble on kickoff. Start at UT 21. Drive starts with sack that's on Anderson. Bulls end up trying 44-yard FG that Fardon misses miserably.

17-7, :30: That missed opportunity hurts Bulls big time as Vols come right back and get 28-yard Michael Palardy FG.

END OF FIRST

17-7 TENNESSEE: Chazz Anderson out after taking a shot from safety Prentiss Waggner. Alex Zordich in at QB for Bulls.

SECOND QUARTER

Da'Rick Rogers a man among boys. Vols WR already has career-high 142 receiving yards. Tennessee not missing Justin Hunter, who went down last week with a season-ending knee injury.

24-7, 8:25 left: Make it 154 yards for Rogers. He comes up with 12-yard TD reception from Bray, capping 88-yard drive. Bray had all day. No way Cortney Lester's going to hang with Rogers all the way across field when Vols have that kind of time to throw.

Anderson back in at QB.

Attendance announced at 87,758. This place must be incredible when it's packed.

31-7: 2:08 left in the half and I'm Rocky Topped out. Vols go 72 yards in 11 plays, the last a 13-yard pass from Bray to DeAnthony Arnett. The speed difference between the teams is astounding.

 Bray's UT record to 10 straight games with multiple TD passes.

HALFTIME: Tennessee 31, UB 7. Bulls can be thankful Vols bit on play fake that opened way for Anderson's 68-yard TD run. It's been the only blemish against UT's name in this one. Vols just way, way too quick. Especially Poole, Rogers. Have to think Tennesee might give regulars first series of third quarter and then hand 'em the rest of the day off. Poole has 79 yards on 11 carries, Rogers 154 yards on six receptions. Bulls Zordich and Anderson a combined 6 of 18 passes. Branden Oliver just 31 yards on 10 carries.

THIRD QUARTER

TENNESSEE 38, UB 7: Bray TD pass to Arnett. 3:49 left in quarter. Drive covers 56 yards in 10 plays in 5:17.

FOURTH QUARTER

TENNESSEE 41, UB 7: With 11:32 left, Michael Palardy boots a 28-yard field goal.

TENNESSEE 41, UB 10: With 8:38 left, Peter Fardon drills a 30-yard field goal.

--- Bob DiCesare

 

Correction

KNOXVILLE -- Turns out that the tweets I attributed to Tennessee QB Tyler Bray in today's advance weren't his. It's an imposter account. I feel awful about that. Being rather Twitter-ignorant, I didn't realize such things were possible. But no excuse. The mistake was mine and I should have taken steps to verify the account was his.

-- Bob DiCesare

  

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