Northern Illinois 45, UB 3
Game Analysis: Here's the approach NIU took: We're going to run and you're not. The Huskies committed to stopping the Bulls on the ground and did it, both through superior play in the trenches and with the safeties pushing into the box. That forced UB to the air, and the Bulls aren't nearly mature enough in the passing game to compensate. NIU's 21-point second quarter erased all doubt.
Turning Point: UB's defense appeared to have produced a second straight three-and-out until NIU faked the punt and Luke Eakes ran 32 yards for a first down on the UB 28. That led to a TD and a 14-3 NIU lead early in the second quarter.
Player of the Game: Just go ahead and give NIU QB Jordan Lynch the MAC Player of the Year. His influence on a game is profound. He's tough running between the tackles. He turns the corner in a flash. UB had no idea how to defense him off zone reads. Does he have it? Doesn't he? He ran for 129 and threw for 232.
Play of the Game: Lynch found his favorite target, Martel Moore, on a vertical down the right side, hit him in stride and watched Moore carry Cortney Lester and Whitney Sherry to the end zone. The play covered 43 yards and made it 35-3 early in the third quarter.
Stat Watch I: Ranked 23rd nationally in rush offense coming in, UB netted just 74 yards on 39 carries.
Stat Watch II: Why even keep time of possession? UB had the ball 29:50, or almost half the game.
They Said It: "I'm not numb at all. I'm extremely angry. I'm aggravated. It's a very difficult situation to be in. . . . It's nowhere near the kind of football I expected out of our team today."" -- Bulls coach Jeff Quinn
In the House: A mere 14,419 on a dreary, rainy Homecoming at Huskie Stadium.
Next Up: The Bulls finally return home but there's no respite. In comes Pitt of the Big East. The Panthers scored a 35-16 win over UB in last year's season opener but are 2-4 under first-year coach Paul Chryst.
-- Bob DiCesare
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