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50 days to kickoff: #51 Matt Mallory

Who is wearing #51 in 2015?

Matt Mallory

Hometown: Lancaster, New York

Year: Redshirt Freshman

Position: Linebacker

High School: Lancaster

Freshman (2014): Mallory redshirted.

Outlook: Mallory walked on to UB last year, with the depth at LB, will most likely serve on the scout team in 2015.

#51 & #50 UB Football Games

October 15, 2006 - UB 31, Miami 38

On Wednesday, a normal early fall day, Buffalo was optimistic about earning their second win of the year at home against winless Miami. On Thursday, practice was cut short as snow fell in sheets. On Friday, the power was out in Amherst. On Saturday, the game was suspended. On Sunday, in front of roughly 100 fans, UB faced Miami.

Despite the crazy week, UB played strong. Up 21-14 in the 3rd quarter, Mike Newton intercepted Mike Kokal giving UB the chance to open up a two score lead. Instead, Drew Willy was intercepted giving Miami the ball in the red zone. They quickly converted the turnover into a TD and tied the game at 21.

On the next drive, Ben Wood's punt was blocked giving Miami the ball at the 5. Miami scored again to take a 28-21 lead. On the next drive, a Stewart Sampsel pass was intercepted, and Miami converted again for a TD. The next two UB drives ended in Drew Willy interceptions.

During Miami's 24-point run, UB's QBs went 3 for 8 for 11 yards and 4 INTs. They were sacked once for -7 yards and earned 1 15-yard pass interference penalty. Miami benefited from the short fields, scoring their 24 points on only 19 plays and 86 yards gained.

The defense stopped the bleeding when Kareem Byrom forced a fumble recovered by Kendrick Hawkins. On the next play, Willy found Naaman Roosevelt for a 45-yard TD to make the score 38-28. With 105 seconds remaining, UB recovered an onside kick and made the game a one-score game with an Adam Tanalski field goal. Their next onside kick attempt failed, and Miami escaped with the 38-31 win.

September 9, 2006 - UB 40, Bowling Green 48 (3 OT)

Another bizarre weather game, two separate lightning delays and 3 overtimes made the game 5 hours long. The game started at 3pm, was delayed at 3:06pm resumed at 4:14pm. Play lasted until 4:30pm before being delayed again till 5:09pm. After all was said and done, the game ended at 8:18pm.

Buffalo was outgained 570 to 243. Big plays kept the Bulls in the game. BGSU scored on a 71-yard drive to open the game when lightning delayed the game. After play resumed, BGSU kicked to Naaman Roosevelt who took the kickoff 94-yards for a TD. After BGSU took a 14-7 lead, Sherrod Lott blocked a punt and Jared Patterson fell on the ball in the end zone for UB's 2nd special teams TD of the day.

In the 3rd quarter, UB scored 13 points on two field goals and a 13-yard Drew Willy TD scramble. BGSU scored a TD and had their XP blocked, and UB led 27-20. The lead stood until UB's final drive where BGSU drove 42 yards in 4 plays to tie the game.

After trading TDs in the first OT, UB scored in the 2nd OT but the extra point was blocked. BGSU scored on their first play of the 2nd OT but their extra point was blocked by James Judges sending the game to a third OT. However the defense was  gassed, and BGSU easily scored and made the mandatory 2-pt conversion. On 4th and 1 from the 16, Steven King fumbled while trying to convert, Drew Willy recovered, but rules state on 4th down only the fumbler may recover and advance the ball. That meant UB's conversion failed and Bowling Green won the game.