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
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