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25 days to kickoff: Justin Hardy

Who is wearing #25 in 2015?

Justin Hardy

Hometown: New Castle, Delaware

Year: Redshirt-Freshman

Position: Cornerback

High School: Paul M. Hodgson

Freshman (2014): Hardy walked-on to UB as a Wide Receiver and redshirted

Outlook: Hardy moved to cornerback where he will likely provide scout team help this year.

#25 UB Football Game

October 24, 2009 - UB 31, Western Michigan 34

Down 17-7 in the 2nd quarter, UB quickly moved to 1st and goal following a 50-yard Ike Nduka run and a 24-yard Zach Maynard to Brett Hamlin pass. From the six, Nduka drove UB to the 1 but was stuffed on third down. On 4th down, Maynard threw an interception. A second Maynard interception later in the 2nd quarter kept UB down 10 at the half.

In the third quarter, an Ike Nduka run and a 33-yard Brett Hamlin touchdown brought UB within 3, down 24-21. UB finally put themselves in position to tie the game with 8 minutes remaining in the 4th quarter but A.J. Principe's field ogal was blocked. On the next drive, Ike Nduka gave UB the lead with a 56-yard touchdown gallop.

WMU scored a TD to regain the lead, and with 1:58 remaining UB trailed 31-28. With 8 seconds remaining, UB drove to the 11 yard line. Maynard took one shot at the win towards Naaman Roosevelt, but it fell incomplete. A.J. Principe nailed a 28-yard field goal and UB sent the game to overtime.

WMU's defense stopped UB in overtime, and Turner Gill elected to send John Rachuna, the stronger leg, in to kick the 43-yard field goal. Rachuna's kick fell short, and WMU kicked a field goal on their offensive possession to steal an overtime win from Buffalo for the second straight year.

Despite the loss, Ike Nduka had his third monster game of the season. Against WMU, he ran 18 times for 172 yards and 3 TDs. In four weeks, Nduka ran for 489 yards and 5 TDs on 70 carries, an amazing 6.98 yards per carry.