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66 days to kickoff: Max Perisse and MACtion vs Ball State

Was the Norfolk game a mirage or a vision of what is to come?

Who is wearing #66 in 2015?

Max Perisse

Hometown: Downingtown, Pennsylvania

Year: Redshirt Junior

Position: Defensive Line

High School: Reed Henderson

Freshman (2012): Perisse Redshirted

Redshirt Freshman (2013): Perisse played special teams and mop up duty in 12 games recording 4 tackles.

Redshirt Sophomore (2014): Perisse played in 10 games starting 3 (2-1 as a starter). He recorded 13 tackles, 2.5 TFLs a sack and a forced fumble.

Outlook: Perisse excited the Bulls fanbase last year recording most of his stats, (4 tackles, 2 TFLs and a strip sack) in one game...against Norfolk State. His explosiveness is definitely something UB needs on the defensive line yet the questions remains: can he beat MAC offensive lines as easily as he beat the overmatched Norfolk State offensive line. Max will start this year, most likely at DT, and get the chance to prove he is the next star on UB's defensive line.

#66 UB Football Game

October 21, 2000 - UB 35, Ball State 44

The 1-5 Bulls allowed 40+ points in four of six games of the season while failing to score more than 22 points in any game since moving to FBS. Down 35-7 at the half, it was a normal dismal UB game. In the second half, UB dug deep and fought back.

The teams traded TDs at the beginning of the 3rd quarter, the 41-14 score meant another 40+ day for the UB defense. The offense however scored more than 21 for the first time scoring 3 consecutive touchdowns to make the score 41-35 with 7 minutes remaining in the game.

Unfortunately, Ball State was able to grind out first downs on the ground and kick a field goal, leaving UB with a 2 possession deficit and not enough time to score twice.

Joe Freedy threw 3 TD passes, 1 to Andre Forde and 2 to Zeke McKine, and Freedy also ran for a TD. McKine also returned a punt 73 yards to set up a 3-yard Albert Grundy TD plunge.

The 35 points scored was the best output in UB FBS history at that time, a mark that lasted till next season's 37-20 win over UConn. It was the 12th 40+ points allowed game in UB's 18 game FBS history.