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Thursday, September 21, 2023
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Bulls Report Card

Passing Offense
For the second straight game the offensive line had a solid performance in giving Quarterback Joe Freedy the time he needed to find the open man. Freedy responded by completing 20 passes for 242 yards and most importantly no interceptions. He was not afraid to test the Eagles corners deep, and it proved successful on a 44-yard touchdown pass to Bradford. However in the final quarter the passing game was unable to amount a final scoring drive that could of won the game. Freedy's completion percentage needs to be higher than 45 percent.
Grade: B-

Rushing Offense
Dwarte started off slowly but picked it up as the first half road along. Offensive line was pulling well and opened some holes that Dwarte exploited for first downs. Still unable to get the game breaking play that the unit has been waiting for all season on the ground. The running game did help UB keep possession time relatively even:
Grade C

Passing Defense
Against a young quarterback in Akina, the Bulls thought they could confuse him, and force him into typical rookie mistakes. The pass rush did put a lot of pressure on Akina, sacking him three times, but he still was able to complete 16-25 passes including two touchdowns. Akina played within himself and the Bulls pass rush was unable to force the young quarterback into any mistakes or force any fumbles.
Grade B-

Run Defense
What run defense?. Roberson started off slowly for the Eagles at tailback, but seemed he got stronger with every carry as he wore down the Bulls front four, finishing with 154 yards on just 19 carries and a touchdown. He exploded in the second half for 99 yards, gaining big chunks of yardage in bringing the Eagles back from a 20-10 deficit at the start of the fourth. Overall the Eagles ran for a whopping 225 yards as the Bulls run D proved vastly ineffective.
Grade D

Special Teams
The special teams gave the Bull's offensive every opportunity to put points on the board, by setting the table with excellent field position. Coverage teams were superb as punter McMahan pinned the Eagles inside the 20 four times. They caused the only turnover of the contest as the Bulls recovered a fumbled punt return on the game's first possession. Craig Rohlfs provided a spark in the return game and Dallas Pelz was 2-2 on field goals hitting from 40 and 23 yards.
Grade A

It was apparent from the start that UB came out to play and was fired up for the game. Credit Hofher and his staff. However as the game progressed the coaching staff made some questionable judgment calls. Trailing 24-20, the decision to punt the ball on fourth and nine from Eagles 37 with under six minutes remaining proved costly. Defense could not get the ball back with enough time to give the offense a legitimate chance to win. They could not find a way to stop Roberson, who single handedly led to the Bulls demise.

Bulls had Eagles against the ropes with a 10 point fourth quarter lead. Instead of seeing red and going for the jugular, the Bulls let up and let a young Eagles team take control of the game. Blame has to lie somewhere:
Grade C-



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