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Half way through the season. Is the cream rising to the top or does a dark horse still lurk?
Does the ghost of Ed Young or Mario Henry still reside in this team? The last two games against Pitt have been very frustrating for UB fans.
Last year, Buffalo trailed just 7-3 at the half and started the third quarter by driving to the Pitt 31. Facing third-and-11, Anderson tried to throw a screen pass. The ball ended up in the hands of Pitt defensive lineman Chas Alecxih, who returned it 47 yards to the Buffalo 20.
The Panthers needed just two plays -- both Graham runs -- to open up a 14-3 lead. The Bulls responded with a 2-yard run by Anderson but Pitt came right back as Graham capped a 74-yard drive with a 5-yard burst up the middle.
Oliver, who carried the ball a clock-chewing 35 times, pulled Buffalo within 21-16 with a 1-yard touchdown plunge with 13:26 to play. The two-point conversion failed and Pitt got the ball at the 40 when the ensuing kickoff went out of bounds. Sunseri deftly guided the Panthers 60 yards in six plays, the last one a 17-yard strike to Shanahan. Buffalo's Ed Young dropped a sure touchdown on the Bulls' next possession, and Graham finished off his day with a 74-yard run to set up his final touchdown. The final score was Pitt 35 - UB 16,
In 2009 was the crowning of Zach Maynard whose stat line read 400 Yards, 4 TD's, and 1 INT. I also saw the best catch and run I ever saw at UB. On a pass thrown behind him, Naaman (6 Rec, 157 YDS, 2 TD) reached behind him and made an amazing one handed grab and ran for one of his TD's. The bad was Mario Henry who just could not hold onto the ball. His fumble on the opening kickoff had the Bulls playing catch up all day. A devastating fumble later at a key moment and we saw the closest 54-27 game in Amherst.
Pitt comes into this game struggling at 2 - 4 and a surprising loss to Youngstown State. I thought that that UB will be a 12 point underdog. They were. The line has dropped down to 11 and now down to 10 with an over/under of 54.5. 24 picks in and only 6 for our Bulls. We are predicting this game at 34-22 Pitt.
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