Finding the good:
Box Score Heroes: Week 5 - Hustle Belt
Quick line: This could've been a much worse outcome without Buffalo's top running back but Murie was effective enough and the defense kept them in it. About all you can ask for.
And as a duo Murie and Campbell were moderatly effective against a very good defense. That's a good sign not only for them but for the offensive line who showed they can make something happen sans Branden Oliver.
Seeing the bad
Campus Watch | The Buffalo News
Inability to attain consistency in the passing game continues to hamper the Bulls. Alex Zordich did a good job keeping Huskies stout defense honest with his legs but his inaccuracy through the first three quarters made it difficult for the Bulls to sustain drives. At one point he was 9 of his last 38 dating to start of Kent State game. Huskies, meanwhile, distanced themselves with big plays, as was the case in last year's 17-3 win at UB Stadium. QB Chandler Whitmer was efficient. Little-used Martin Hyppolite broke off 50-yard TD run. UB still begging to produce that game-changing turnover.
Zordich seemed to find his arm, just a bit, in the second half but statistically most of that was due to the hook and ladder play.
It's been more two weeks since Zordich has looked like a QB that can hurt you with his arm.
How our conference mates see us
MAC Football Power Rankings: Week Five - Hustle Belt
14 offensive drives, 7 three-and-outs, two turnovers. Don't let the final line (361 yards) fool you - they only had 186 yards prior to their third-quarter trickery. Sure would be nice to get Oliver back soon.
Hustle Belt has Buffalo 10th in the conferece, which is higher than I would put the Bulls at this point.
Hope floats eternal
It’s time to Quinn - Opinion - The Spectrum - University at Buffalo
But, after watching the Bulls play Saturday, one thing’s for certain: The Bulls are this close to putting it all together.
Despite its inability to play a complete football game, Buffalo has been close all year. Against Kent State, even though junior quarterback Alex Zordich set the forward pass back 50 years with a 4-for-22 performance, the defense held the Golden Flashes close and the Bulls were a possession away from taking a lead in the fourth quarter. Against Georgia, the Bulls were within eight points at halftime on the road, and they had the Sanford Stadium faithful booing a team that is still ranked in the top five in the nation – a serious threat to win a national title this year.
Seems like we've been "almost there" for a year and a half. In the mean time Coach Quinn has won just three games against FBS opponents in two and a quarter years.