UB (2-7, 1-4) vs. Eastern Michigan (5-4, 3-2) at Rynearson Stadium
Awaiting kickoff. Bulls will receive. Sunny skies. Cool and breezy.
Bulls get drive start at own 40 when opening kick goes OB. Possession ends after one first down. Schum punt into wind takes sweet bounce and goes OB at EMU 10. Branden Oliver did not touch ball on first drive.
EMU 3-0, 7:04: Eagles get a 38-yard Kody Fulkerson FG after drive stalls at UB 21. Big play on drive was 34-yard Corey Welch run off a WR screen. QB Alex Gillett ran for 22 yards on five carries.
Bulls can't convert on third-and-1 as Chazz Anderson tackled for a 2-yard loss. EMU drive start on own 31. ... Khalil Mack hurries Gillett into an incompletion on third and seven. Nice punt by Eagles negated by penalty. Bulls pick up some 20 yards on rekick and will start from own 34. ... rEagles a half-yard short of first down as we hit the end of the first quarter. They're at UB 48.
Run up the gut gives EAgles first down at UB 45. Says a lot about your faith in your running game when you take that chance this early. . . . EMU down to UB 26 after an blatant interference call on Isaac Baugh. Eagles picking spots with pass game as UB commits to run. Receivers have been open. In fact, Julius Shelby just dropped a pass in end zone. ... Eagles go back to pass and get another interference call only to have it negated by a hold. Replay down.
EMU 9-0, 11:50: Gillett to Garrett Hoskins from 2 yards out completed 75-yard drive. UB abysmal in pass coverage. Hoskins was open like a store on Black Friday. Conversion kick blocked.
UB just picked up second first down on a nice run by Oliver. That's second first down of game, not of possession. But drive stalls again and Schum punts. Once again offensive line overmatched. UB has 10 rushes for 20 yards. Anderson getting no time in passing game. ... Not sure if we've even seeen safety Josh Copeland today.And CB Najja Johnson wasn't out there last series. I'm told both are OK. Okoye Houston's been playing in Copeland's spot. ... Eagles pick up second sack on third and 7. Anderson under seige. This might sound ugly but believe me, it's worse.
EMU 9-3, :04: Patrick Clarke connects on his first collegiate FG attempt -- from 43 yards -- and Bulls get on scoreboard just before half. Bulls went for broke on drive, going for it on fourth and 5 from Eastern 44 with about a minute left. Anderson picked up yardage after being flushed from pocket.
Bulls began moving ball late by utilizing quick passing attack out of the four-wide. Anderson was 9 of 17 passing for 72 yards. Devon Hughes has three catches for 21 and Oliver two for 27. Gillett is 5 of 9 passing for 59 and has run for 68 on 13 attempts. We need to see more of that from here on out. Ground game is getting nowhere. Defense rebounded after slow start.
Bulls open half by recovering onside kick. But wait. There's a flag. Okoye Houston called offside. It's always something ...
UB 10-9, 8:59: Oliver goes in untouched from the 3, Clarke makes the kick and the Bulls take the lead. Bulls are pulling everything out of the bag: the onside kick, another fourth-down conversion near midfield, an Ed Young run off a double reverse. The challenge Quinn threw at his players late in the second quarter seems to be paying off. The momentum has swung.
EMU 16-10, 8:00: And the momentum has swung back. Demarius Reed takes a dump pass from Gillett and goes 67 yards down the right sideline. Shelby received a key block to take out Cortney Lester and shook off an Isaac Baugh tackle near the 20. And just like that . . .
UB 17-16, 6:35: The Bulls have found something going off right tackle. Oliver heads wide, finds room, hits the open field and its over. The 68-yard TD run is a career long, puts him over 1,000 yards for the season and has the Bulls back in front. The Bulls have made a concerted effort to go wide right this half and Oliver is reaping the benefits. He's at 125 yards and two TDs on just 13 carries.
Eastern Michigan, 23-17, 2:24: Eagles come right back, going 78 yards in eight plays. Yes, we're still in the third quarter. Gillett hits Reed with 11-yard TD pass after mixup between corners Najja Johnson and Cortney Lester. An attempted switch between CBs just before the snap was too late to get Lester into proper position to defend Reed.
Stats after 3: Anderson 14 of 24 for 101. Oliver 13-125-2. Gillett is 9 of 14 for 200 and three TDs. He's run for 79 on 16 attempts.
EMU 30-17, 14:11: Gillett goes back fro Hoskins for his fourth TD pass of the day, this one covering 34 yards. Bulls replaced CBs Johnson and Lester with Joe Petit and Carlos Lammons on this drive, which covered 60 yards. Petit and Houston collided in end zone, enabling Hoskins to snare ball thrown up for grabs.
Anderson has been sacked on each of UB's last two possessions. Last one came after another fourth-down conversion. Eagles have it on own 32 with 10:29 to go. . . . Copeland now in for Houston. Safe to say Bulls dismayed by play of secondary today.
Anderson sacked for third straight possession and fifth time on day. Four-man rush and he never had a chance.
Bulls stopped on fourth down this time. Well, they stopped themselves. Anderson picked up first down on scramble but Fred Lee called for hold. Pass to Rivers ends up 3 yards short. 3:18 left.
It's a final. Scoddy play in secondary and inability of offensive line to protect Anderson killed Bulls over final 17 minutes.
-- Bob DiCesare
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