Buffalo Bulls Quarterback Joe Licata is setting school records

Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports

Joe Licata's career game in a losing effort to Toledo made a big impact on his placement in the UB Record books. The Sophomore was already in the midst of an amazing season but with almost 500 yards against Toledo Licata's play through 14 career starts has him in several top ten UB categories.

Licata is tied with Frank Reilly at 27 career touchdown passes and has a pretty decent chance at catching Chad Salisbury before the season is over. Even Joe Freedy is within firing distance.

# Player TD's Needs # Player (Year) TD Needs
1 Drew Willy 52 25 1 Drew Willy (2008) 25 5
2 Marty Barrett 44 17 5 Licata (2013) 20
3 Cliff Scott 43 16 2 Marty Barrett (1983) 18
4 Joe Freedy 32 5 2 Cliff Scott (1992) 18
5 Chad Salisbury 31 4 2 Zach Maynard (2009) 18
6 Frank Reilly 27 5 Chad Salisbury (1997) 16
6 Joe Licata 27 5 Jerry Davis (2010) 16
8 Gordon Bukaty 25 8 Drew Willy (2007) 15



He has moved so far up based on one of the best individual seasons a Quarterback has ever had with the Bull. Licata's 20 touchdowns is the best single season effort since Drew Willy threw for 25 in 2008.

In that season Willy was throwing 1.78 touchdowns per game. Over 14 games Willy set a new bench mark for UB passers. This season Licata is averaging two strikes per game if he keeps up that pace and UB wins the MAc East or is selected for a Bowl game Licata should over take Willy.

Outside of the second half in Toledo Willy has not played the role of gun-slinger this season. He has been used as a steady quarterback who's good decisions have kept defenses honest. Still despite the  Bulls identity as a "beat you with the run" team Licata has piled up enough completions to place 9th all time in UB history.

# Player Comp Needs # Player (Year) Comp Needs
1 Drew Willy (2005-08) 849 584 1 Drew Willy (2008) 304 125
2 Cliff Scott (1991-94) 545 280 2 Drew Willy (2007) 258 79
3 Joe Freedy (1998-2001) 522 257 3 Chazz Anderson (2011) 230 51
4 Marty Barrett (1980-83) 513 248 4 Chad Salisbury (1997) 218 39
5 Chad Salisbury (1997-98) 372 107 5 Zach Maynard (2009) 218 39
6 Frank Reilly (1988-90) 325 60 6 Marty Barrett (1983) 207 28
7 Randall Secky (2001-04) 324 59 7 Randall Secky (2002) 204 25
8 Ken Hyer (1981-84) 273 8 8 Joe Freedy (2001) 187 8
9 Joe Licata 265 9 Joe Freedy (2000) 184 5
10 Jim Rodriguez (1978-80) 250 10 Joe Licata 179

His 179 this year is the 10th best ever by a UB Quarterback in a single season.It's not unreasonable to think he will catch Zach Maynard by the time the season is over but Willy's marks from 2008 and 2007 are probabaly safe.

Also safe is Willy's 2008 yards mark of 3,304. Even if Licata gets four more games it's unlikely that he gets the more than 1,000 yards he would need. Licata might pass everyone else though. If the Bulls win the east he needs 164 yards a game, If UB does not win the east but makes it to a Bowl Jobi-Wan needs 218 per game.

# Player Yards Needs # Player Yards Needs
1 Drew Willy (2005-08) 8748 5468 1 Drew Willy (2008) 3304 1069
2 Cliff Scott (1991-94) 7578 4298 2 Chad Salisbury (1997) 2889 654
3 Marty Barrett (1980-83) 6945 3665 3 Zach Maynard (2009) 2694 459
4 Joe Freedy (1998-2001) 5912 2632 4 Drew Willy (2007) 2572 337
5 Chad Salisbury (1997-98) 4947 1667 5 Marty Barrett (1983) 2504 269
6 Frank Reilly (1988-90) 4255 975 6 Chazz Anderson (2011) 2454 219
7 Ken Hyer (1981-84) 3420 140 7 Cliff Scott (1993) 2263 28
8 Jim Rodriguez (1978-80) 3401 121 8 Licata 2235
9 Joe Licata 3280 8 Marty Barrett (1981) 2155

If you throw away the Toledo Game then Licata is averaging 192 yards per contest. So in terms of Career standing he should end the season at #7 on the all time List.

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