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The Akron win, the next four weeks and the future of UB football

10/30/16 5:21pm | By MICHAEL AKELSON

This Thursday at UB Stadium, we saw something out of UB’s football team that we hadn’t seen in weeks: fight.

Coming into Thursday as a 17.5-point home underdog against a good Akron team (5-4, 3-2 Mid-American Conference), Buffalo played their best game of the season, not only scoring an upset win, but doing it in dominating fashion.

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UB football upsets Akron 41-20

10/28/16 10:58am | By DANIEL PETRUCCELLI

On Thursday night, senior running back Jordan Johnson finally looked like the unstoppable force many expected him to be when coming into the season.

The senior running back set a program record with 282 rushing yards as well as finding the end zone twice, as the Buffalo Bulls (2-6, 1-3 Mid-American Conference) came away with the 41-20 upset win against the Akron Zips (5-4, 3-2 MAC) on a wet Thursday night at UB Stadium. Buffalo snapped their four-game losing streak as they secured their first conference victory of the season.

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UB women’s soccer qualifies for MAC Tournament

10/28/16 10:21am | By THOMAS ZAFONTE

UB Women’s soccer (7-7-5, 4-4-3) played their most important game of the year Thursday afternoon against Akron. If they lost, their season could have been over.

Even in the cold rainy weather, the Bulls played at 100 percent from the first minute to the end. With the win, Buffalo finished the season 7-0-3 at home.

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UB men’s soccer looks to finish the job with three games remaining

10/26/16 8:10pm | By THOMAS ZAFONTE

There’s an old adage in sports that good teams can win ugly. Last Friday, through the rain and cold, Buffalo men’s soccer played an ugly game against Mid-American Conference rival Western Michigan and managed to come out with a 1-1 tie despite being “outworked,” according to head coach Stu Riddle’s.

With Buffalo (9-3-2, 1-1-1) trailing 1-0 in the 90th minute, senior forward Russell Cicerone went up in the box with less than a minute left in the game and snatched life from the jaws of death as he knocked a header into the net off a cross from senior defender Alec Fisher.

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UB football prepares for Akron

10/26/16 8:07pm | By DAN PETRUCCELLI

The Buffalo Bulls (1-6, 0-3 Mid-American Conference) are struggling to find their first conference win and things aren’t going to be any easier this week.

After Saturday’s 44-7 loss to the Northern Illinois Huskies (2-6, 2-2 MAC), the Bulls host east division foe, the Akron Zips (5-3, 3-1 MAC), on Thursday night at UB Stadium.

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UB football dominated by Northern Illinois 44-7

10/23/16 10:26am | By DANIEL PETRUCCELLI

The Buffalo Bulls (1-6, 0-3 Mid-American Conference) looked outmatched Saturday as they were dominated by the Northern Illinois Huskies (2-6, 2-2 MAC), 44-7 at Huskie Stadium. The Huskies were led by senior quarterback Anthony Maddie who led the team in both rushing and passing. He finished 16-of-29 for 199 yards and a score through the air. He also had 125 yards and four touchdowns on the ground. Bulls freshman quarterback Tyree Jackson threw four interceptions in the game, two of them intercepted by junior cornerback Mayomi Olootu Jr.

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Playoff mode: UB’s women’s soccer looks to generate momentum

10/19/16 6:49pm | By BRIAN LARA

The UB women’s soccer team looks to close out the rest of the season with three wins so they’re ready for the playoffs.

“[These games] are huge for us cause, we’re kind of in playoff mode,” said head coach Shawn Burke.

The women’s soccer team (6-7-3, 3-4-1 Mid-American Conference) has been a pretty successful program in these past few years with a new coach at the helm.

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UB football loses to Ball State 31-21

10/15/16 9:40pm | By DANIEL PETRUCCELLI

With just over three minutes left in the third quarter, Ball State sophomore running back James Gilbert broke away from Buffalo’s defense on an 80-yard rush.

After failing to capitalize on their best start of the year, the Buffalo Bulls (1-5, 0-2 Mid-American Conference) fell to the Ball State Cardinals (4-3, 1-2 MAC) 31-21, in front of 16,092 people at UB Stadium Saturday. Gilbert had 264 yards along with two touchdowns and led the Cardinals. Sophomore quarterback Riley Neal also contributed two rushing touchdowns for Ball State as well as 212 yards in the air.

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UB men’s soccer looks to move past Akron loss, keep postseason hopes alive

10/13/16 12:45pm | By THOMAS ZAFONTE

Last Friday, the UB men’s soccer team (8-3-1) had their worst loss of the season, losing 4-0 on the road against rival Akron.

Akron was the first ranked team the Bulls played this season and on Saturday they will take on West Virginia, another team receiving NSCAA Coaches Top 25 votes. Following a 7-0-0 start to the season, Buffalo has stumbled of late and for a team hoping to make its case for a possible at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament, it’s gut-check time.

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The edge: Buffalo vs. Ball State preview

10/13/16 12:39pm | By Sports Desk

The Buffalo Bulls (1-4, 0-1 Mid-American Conference) head into Saturday’s game against the Ball State Cardinals (3-3, 0-2 MAC) 1-8 in the all-time series. The Bulls’ only win came in the 2008 MAC championship game. It has been five years since the last time the two programs played.

The Spectrum has the scouting report on which team has the edge.

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Sophomore linebacker Khalil Hodge matures into leadership role on UB football's defense

10/08/16 10:44pm | By BRIAN LARA

Defensively, sophomore middle linebacker Khalil Hodge, a JUCO transfer from California, already appears to be in full command as a leader on defense. Despite just entering the program this year and only being a sophomore, Hodge has already taken on the role of Mike linebacker in UB’s defense. He is the quarterback of UB’s defense and he has thrived as the defensive playcaller thus far for Buffalo.

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