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Gridiron Report Card

The Spectrum grades the Bulls’ performance after fifth straight victory, over UMass

Published: Saturday, October 19, 2013

Updated: Saturday, October 19, 2013 21:10

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Chad Cooper, The Spectrum

Senior linebacker Khalil Mack (46) evades an offensive lineman on a 35-yard interception return for a touchdown in the second quarter.

The football team defeated UMass, 32-3, for its fifth straight victory. UB is now 5-2 (3-0 Mid-American Conference).

Passing Game: B

The Good: Sophomore quarterback Joe Licata did exactly what he needed to do, complementing the dominant run game with mid-range passes and taking care of the ball.

The Bad: There were no long pass completions, but that can be chalked up to playing the majority of the game without senior receiver Alex Neutz.

Run Game: A

The Good: The run game looked stellar again this week. Senior running back Branden Oliver ran for 216 yards on a school record 43 attempts. He passed James Starks as the Bulls’ all-time leader in career rushing yards.

The Bad: Sophomore Devin Campbell was the only other back to have a rushing attempt – it went for one yard.

Receiving: B

The Good: Six different receivers had at least one catch and almost everything that was catchable was caught.

The Bad: Neutz left the game early in the second quarter after taking a hit to the head. At halftime, it was announced that he was suffering a concussion. After the game, head coach Jeff Quinn said he expects to have Neutz back soon.

Offensive Line: A-

The Good: The running game had no problem getting going, with Oliver approaching 100 yards in the first half. Licata was given a lot of time in the pocket all game.

The Bad: Senior Jasen Carlson left with a leg injury on the play before Neutz left. Quinn later announced Carlson is out for the season.

Run Defense: B+

The Good: The Minutemen struggled immensely, with every player who attempted a rush averaging under three yards per carry.

The Bad: There were some long rushes allowed, namely quarterback A.J. Doyle’s 18-yard rush.

Pass Rush: A

The Good: The Bulls forced Doyle to scramble on nearly every pass play and consistently collapsed the pocket around him.

The Bad: They had trouble getting to Doyle when he escaped the pocket, allowing him to extend plays.

Pass Defense: B+

The Good: Senior linebacker Khalil Mack had his second pick-six of the season, and the Bulls held Doyle to 14-of-28 passing for 162 yards and an interception.

The Bad: There were huge holes in coverage on some plays, allowing the Minutemen to move down the field with ease at times.

Special Teams: B+

The Good: Junior kicker Pat Clarke tied a career high with three field goals.

The Bad: Kick coverage allowed a few big returns and an average of over 25 yards per run back.

Coaching: B+

The Good: The Bulls stuck with their run-first game plan again, and it paid dividends as Oliver ran for over 200 yards and a touchdown.

The Bad: Oliver had 43 rushes – a school record. In a game that was basically over after three quarters, Quinn risked injuring Oliver.

 

email: sports@ubspectrum.com

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