99 for 99: Instant Classic - Week 4 - The More the Murie-er

Mark L. Baer-US PRESSWIRE - Presswire

The 99th season of UB football began September 1st in Athens and continues this Saturday as the Bulls travel to Athens to take on the undefeated Ohio Bobcats. 99 4 99 will run until the MAC Championship game on November 30th. During the Season, the 99 for 99 Instant Classic will immortalize the best moment from the previous game, and let you, the reader decide the best moment of the season.

September 29, 2012 - Buffalo 17 - UConn 24 - Murie, filling for Oliver and Potts, gains 50 yards rushing, receiving and returning.

Brandon Murie took over return duties from the injured James Potts, and was the first person to touch the ball in the UConn game, returning the opening kickoff 21 yards to the 29. Five minutes later, Murie waltzed into the end zone from 4 yards out.

After UConn took a 17-7 lead, Murie set UB up with great field position with a 30-yard kick return to the 39, giving him 51 return yards on the day.

In the third quarter with UB struggling on offense, a trick play to Murie caught the UConn defense off-guard but Murie made the play when he broke a tackle 10 yards downfield and sped into the end zone. The 50 yard reception brought the Bulls within 10 points. Murie would finish with 54 yards receiving on the day.

In the fourth quarter, still down 10, and pinned back at their own 10, Murie gave UB life with a 20 yard run. After a penalty sent the Bulls back to the 15, Murie broke off a 7 yard run, giving him 51 yards rushing at that point. As a result of Murie's running, UConn's defense creeped up and Neutz found himself open for the first time in two quarters, catching a 43-yard pass on the next play. The drive led to a UB field goal that brought the Bulls within 7 points. Murie finished the game with 55 yards rushing.

Murie's performance was admirable: gaining 50 yards rushing, receiving and in the return game. Murie accounted for 160 of Buffalo's 428 yards gained, 37.6% of Buffalo's total output. A classic showing for any UB athlete let alone a walk-on 3rd stringer.

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