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NIU 28, UB 3 (Half)

DEKALB, ILL. -- NIU has this game firmly in hand after a first half that ended with the sides jawing heatedly at one another. The breaking point for UB came when NIU safety Jimmie Ward laid out WR Alex Neutz with an apparent helmet-to-helmet hit on a pass play inside the final minute. As Neutz lay on the ground some Bulls had to be restrained from going onto the field at Ward, who was ejected.

Personal fouls were issued against both teams on the next play as well, and Jeff Quinn called a timeout near midfield with 10 seconds left, apparently to get his team refocused.

UB hit the locker room trialing 28-3 and looking for answers. NIU already has 191 yards rushing (128 by QB Jordan Lynch) has outgained the Bulls 298-158 as a whole. The Huskies are swarming the box to effectively stop UB's run game (20-43). Alex Zordich, meanwhile, is having his best passing day in a while -- 12-18-115 .

Neutz did return to the game a couple plays after the hit.

-- 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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Rodney McKissic

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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.

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