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74 days to kickoff: Robert Blodgett and a classic MACtion shootout in Toledo

Blodgett moves over a spot to help UB pound the rock

Who is wearing #74 in 2015?

Robert Blodgett

Hometown: Lima, New York

Year: Redshirt Senior

Position: Offensive Line

High School: Honeoye Falls-Lima

Freshman (2011): Blodgett Redshirted

Redshirt Freshman (2012): Blodgett played for the scout team but saw no game action.

Redshirt Sophomore (2013): Blodgett played in 12 of 13 games earning 8 starts finishing 6-2 as a starter.

Redshirt Junior (2014): Blodgett played Right Guard in 10 of 11 games earning 9 starts and finishing 4-5 as a starter.

Overall: Blodgett is 10-7 as a starter. In his 17 starts, UB has run for 3,101 yards, (182 yards per game) at a rate of 4.48 yards per carry and UB has allowed 23 sacks, (1.35 sacks allowed per game) at a rate of 1 sack allowed for every 24 QB dropbacks.

Outlook: Blodgett has played the role of experienced depth player in his career, but this year he looks to be the day 1 starter at right tackle. At 6'5 307, Blodgett will be especially noticeable as a catalyst for UB's off-tackle run game.

#74 UB Football Game

November 12, 2013 - UB 41, Toledo 51

As usual in 2013, UB's offense started slow and surged in the second half. Unusually, UB's defense did not keep UB in the game, it was torched for 31 first half points and 51 total points in a 51-41 MACtion-style loss at Toledo.

UB's first three drives used thirteen plays including three punts. Toledo countered with fourteen plays and three touchdowns. Late in the 2nd Quarter was normally Khalil Mack time, he often made a big play late to give UB momentum going into the 2nd half. When the UB offense tried to create their own momentum, it blew up in their face. A trick play resulted in a fumble recovered by Toledo on the UB 15-yard line and a 28-0 deficit became a 31-0 deficit.

50 seconds into the 2nd half, the score was 38-0. Over the next 29:10, UB outscored Toledo 41-13 in a frantic attempt at a comeback that came up just short. Joe Licata was a decent 12-22 for 115 yards in the 1st half, but was an outstanding 24-36 for 382 yards and 4 TDs in the 2nd half.

2013 Toledo Receiving Chart
WR Targets Receptions Yards PI PI yards Total Yards Yards per Target TD
Neutz 13 8 168 2 30 198 15.2 2
Weiser 3 1 34 0 0 34 11.3 0
Lee 10 8 103 0 0 103 10.3 1
Gordon 7 5 70 0 0 70 10.0 1
Ross 8 5 54 0 0 54 6.8 0
Taylor 7 4 34 0 0 34 4.9 0
Oliver 4 3 19 0 0 19 4.8 0
Hughes 2 1 9 0 0 9 4.5 0
Schreck 4 1 6 0 0 6 1.5 0
Campbell 2 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0
Total 60 36 497 2 30 527 8.8 4

Despite a reputation for locking on to one receiver, (usually Neutz), Licata targeted 10 receivers and completed passes to 9. Alex Neutz saw 22% of Licata's targets, but he was also the most effective with 15.2 yards gained per target.

The UB defense, aided the rally effort by forcing two consecutive punts and holding Toledo to a field goal, before Toledo's Ricky Pringle scored the game winning points on a 44-yard run that put Toledo up 48-21. The defense allowed 51 points and 551 yards in the loss thatt snapped a 7-game win streak. During the win streak, UB held opponents to an average of 291 yards of offense and only allowed a total of 76 points in those 7 games.