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16 days to kickoff: Joe Licata

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Who is wearing #16 in 2015?

Joe Licata

Hometown: Williamsville, New York

Year: Redshirt-Senior

Position: Quarterback

High School: Williamsville South

Freshman (2011): Licata redshirted

Redshirt-Freshman (2012): Licata played in 9 games and was 3-1 as a starter. His first career pass as a Bull was a 28 yard touchdown pass to Alex Neutz against Morgan State. His next completion was to Darius Polk, of Kent State, on his 3rd career attempt. Over his next 160 attempts, Licata threw for 1,045 yards and added 6 TD passes to only 2 Interceptions.

Redshirt-Sophomore (2013): Licata started all 13 games and was 8-5. He completed 233 passes for 2,824 yards and threw 24 TD passes.

Redshirt-Junior (2014): Licata played all 11 games and was 5-6. With the win over UMass, passed Drew Willy for most wins by a starting QB in UB's FBS history. He completed 224 passes for 2,647 yards and 29 touchdowns in the shortened season.

Overall: 543 completions, 6,516 yards and 60 TD passes.

Outlook: Licata has a chance to put his name at the top of UB's record book. He is 2,232 yards short of Drew Willy's career passing mark, he has UB's best career Quarterback rating, and already surpassed Drew Willy in TDs thrown. If he can throw 7 or less interceptions, he'll stay below Drew Willy's 30 career INTs. More importantly, Licata is 5 wins away from being UB's winningest starter in the FBS era and he can be the only UB QB to lead the Bulls to two bowl games in a career.

#16 UB Football Game - 2nd half

September 17, 2014 - UB 35, Miami 27

Just as in the first half, Miami took the lead by scoring on their first drive with big plays, including a 29 yard pass and a 27 yard TD pass. Again UB responded, this time with an Anthone Taylor 13-yard run, but a missed extra point left Miami in front 21-20. Following a UB stop, another Anthone Taylor TD run gave UB the lead, but a missed two-point conversion meant the lead was only 5, 26-21.

86 seconds later, following a kickoff out of bounds, a 30-yard pass and a 32-yard TD pass, Miami was back up by a score of 27-26. UB responded by bullying Miami down the field on concecutive possessions. Taylor ran 5 times for 46 yards and a TD and Campbell added 4 carries for 30 yards as UB put 9 points up to take a 35-27 lead. UB then drained the clock and the defense held as UB held on for the victory. The game was bad for the defense, but great for the offense. Licata threw for 276 yards and 2 TDs, Jacob Martinez emerged with 8 catches for 94 yards and a TD Anthone Taylor ran 36 times for 222 yards and 3 TDs and Devin Campbell added 61 yards on 9 carries.