The Postseason Meal:2012 Pt.3: Chasing Legends

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The Postseason Meal will have to sustain us all until the Bulls return to Columbus, Ohio in 2013. The goal of the postseason meal is to Hydrate, Nutritionate and Reflect on the season that was.


Branden Oliver had the chance to easily break all of Buffalo's career rushing records.James Starks missed fourteen games due to injury, so Oliver, a talented durable back, could far exceed Starks' numbers if he stayed healthy. As we know BO missed five games, and has missed seven games in his three-year career. With seven less games played than Starks, Oliver is still in striking distance for those records, but, especially with the emergence of Campbell, it no longer seems like Oliver will destroy those records.

Let's take a look at players who after this season, put themselves on the leader board for career stats.

Branden Oliver - Junior Running Back

Rushing Attempts:
Had: 408, Was: 7th all-time.
Now has: 556, Is: 4th all time
# Away from record: 256

Rushing Yards:
Had: 1673, Was: 5th all-time.
Now has: 2494, Is: 4th all time
# Away from record: 646

Team Rushing Leader
3rd season leading the team in rushing. Ties Starks (06-08) and Evans (57-59) for second place. Only Anthony Swan (94-97) has led UB in rushing for all four years of his career.

Rushing TDs:
Had: 13, Was: unranked
Now has: 18, Is: tied for 7th all time
# Away from record: 16

100-yard games:
Had: 8, Was: 5th all-time.
Now has: 12, Is: tied for 2nd all time
# Away from record: 1

All-Purpose Yards:
Had: 2606, Was: unranked
Now has: 2996, Is: 8th all-time

Scoring:
Had: 78, Was: unranked
Now has: 108, Is: tied for 20th all time
# Away from record: 157

Alex Neutz - Junior Wide Receiver

Receptions:
Had: 69, Was: unranked
Now has: 134, Is: 6th all time
# Away from record: 134

Receiving Yards:
Had: 1055, Was: unranked
Now has: 2070, Is: 7th all time
# Away from record: 1481

1000 Yards Receiving
3rd 1000-yard receiver in UB history, (Haddad, 1058 in '97, 1158 in '99, Roosevelt, 1402 in '08.)

Receiving TDs:
Had: 8, Was: unranked
Now has: 19, Is: tied for 2nd all time
# Away from record:9

100-yard games:
Had: 4, Was: tied for 9th all-time.
Now has: 7, Is: tied for 5th all time
# Away from record:11

Scoring:
Had: 48, Was: unranked
Now has: 114, Is: tied for 15th all time
# Away from record: 151

Kahlil Mack - Junior Linebacker

Tackles For Loss:
Had: 35, Was: tied for 5th all time
Now has: 56, Is: 1st all time

Sacks:
Had: 10, Was: unranked
Now has: 18, Is: tied for 5th all time
# Away from record: 6

Forced Fumbles:
Had: 7, Was: tied for 1st
Now has: 11, Is: 1st all time

Alex Zordich - Junior Quarterback

Team Leader in Passing Yards
Zordich is the 5th different leading passer in 5 years. (Willy-Maynard-Davis-Anderson-Zordich). The Bulls are 22-40 (.355) during that period.

This is the longest streak without a back-to-back passing leader since the 1983-1988 Bulls had 6 different passing leaders in 6 years. (Barrett-Hyer-Gentilella-Crosta-Mings-Reilly). The Bulls were 32-29 (.525) during that period.

Joe Licata - Freshman Quarterback

Passer Raiting:
Had: n/a, Was: unranked
Now has: 117.1, Is: 8th all time
# Away from record: 19.3

Completion %:
Had: n/a, Was: unranked
Now has: 52.8%, Is: 6th all time
# Away from record:11.4%

Steven Means - Senior Defensive End

Tackles For Loss:
Had: 18.5, Was: unranked
Now has: 29.5, Is: tied for 10th all time

Sacks:
Had: 12, Was: 10th all time
Now has: 18.5, Is: 4th all time

Najja Johnson - Junior Cornerback

Passes defended:
Had: 16, Was: unranked
Now has: 38, Is: 2nd all time
# Away from record: 1

Cortney Lester - Sophomore Safety

Passes defended:
Had: 6, Was: unranked
Now has: 26, Is: 10th all time
# Away from record:19

Tyler Grassman - Freshman Punter

Punt Average Minimum 60 attempts:
Had: n/a, Was: unranked
Now has: 35.35, Is: 7th all time
# Away from record:4.25

Patrick Clarke - Sophomore Kicker

Field Goals Made:
Had: 6, Was: unranked
Now has: 17, Is: 7th all time
# Away from record: 27

Extra Points Made:
Had: 10, Was: unranked
Now has: 38, Is: 10th all time
# Away from record: 95

Points Scored (by a Kicker):
Had: 28, Was: unranked
Now has: 89, Is: 7th all time
# Away from record: 176

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