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UB-UConn Game Analysis

GAME ANALYSIS: Inability to attain consistency in the passing game continues to hamper the Bulls. Alex Zordich did a good job keeping Huskies stout defense honest with his legs but his inaccuracy through the first three quarters made it difficult for the Bulls to sustain drives. At one point he was 9 of his last 38 dating to start of Kent State game. Huskies, meanwhile, distanced themselves with big plays, as was the case in last year's 17-3 win at UB Stadium. QB Chandler Whitmer was efficient. Little-used Martin Hyppolite broke off 50-yard TD run. UB still begging to produce that game-changing turnover.

TURNING POINT: Whitmer completed first-down passes on third-and-12 and third-and-8 on the 92-yard TD drive that put the Huskies ahead to stay, 10-7, in the second quarter.

PLAYER OF THE GAME: Whitmer' s had his struggles, but he was quietly efficient in this one, completing 15 of 22 for 227 yards and a TD. Seven targets had a reception of at least 14 yards.

MACK ATTACK: The numbers keep piling up for Khalil Mack. His 3.5 tackles for losses upped his season number to 11.

UB PLAY OF THE GAME: Late third quarter. Second and 10 from UConn 49. Zordich to Neutz on a WR screen. Neutz flip to Murie. Hook and ladder covers 50 yards officially and draws Bulls within 24-14. It was Murie's second TD of the game.

STAT OF THE GAME: Bulls outrushed Huskies 141-133 without Bo Oliver. Or James Potts. Zordich led way with 76.

STAT OF THE GAME II: UB held UConn to 23 total return yards on kicks and punts, a major improvement against a dangerous return team.

HE SAID IT: "We're happy that we didn't quit. We know that about our team, we're not going to quit. . . . To say satisfied though, that's not the word. We're definitely not satisfied because the end result -- we don't have a win."" Zordich.

IN THE HOUSE: Rentschler Field filled out nicely as kickoff approached. A crowd of 34,666 came out on a steel-gray fall afternoon.

NEXT UP: For UB to have a realistic chance in the MAC East this Saturday's game at Ohio is The One. The Bobcats are unbeaten and have collected votes in the AP Poll. It's another noon start.

-- Bob DiCesare

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Bob Dicesare

Bob DiCesare

Western New York native Bob DiCesare covers UB football, Big 4 basketball and writes an occasional column. He still holds a grudge against Chris Ford who, he's convinced, cost St. Bonaventure the 1970 NCAA basketball championship.

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Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz, a native of Lockport, has covered colleges for The Buffalo News since 1999. She has a bachelor’s degree in journalism/mass communication from St. Bonaventure University and a master’s degree in humanities from the University at Buffalo. An endurance athlete, she has completed several triathlons, half marathons and marathons.

@amymoritz | amoritz@buffnews.com

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