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12 days to kickoff: Chris Merchant

Who is wearing #12 in 2015?

Chris Merchant

Hometown: Calgary, Alberta

Year: Redshirt Freshman

Position: Quarterback

High School: St. Andrews College

Freshman (2014): Redshirted

Outlook: Is currently the #3 QB, unlikely to see action this year but will be in a battle to impress coaches for next year's QB competition.

#12 UB Football Game

November 3, 2012 - UB 27, Miami 24

The 1-7 Bulls faced the 4-4 Redhawks at home in Joe Licata's first start at UB. Licata was nothing special, but he brought stability to allow UB to win, Branden Oliver did the rest.

On UB's first drive BO ran 5 times for 47 yards, but the drive ended on a missed field goal. On UB's fourth drive, BO ran 4 times for 41 yards, but that drive ended with an interception. Stunted by 3 turnovers and a missed field goal, UB was fortunate to enter the half tied at 3.

In UB's first drive of the second half, BO ran 6 times for 51 yards including a 5-yard TD to give UB a 10-3 lead. Miami answered with a TD and suddenly the sloppy defensive battle became a classic MACtion shootout. Licata found Alex Neutz for a 43 yard TD pass to put UB up 17-10. Miami answered with a 13 play 75-yard drive to tie the game at 17. Following a UB punt, Lee Skinner forced a fumble that gave UB the ball back. The Bulls moved to the 32 where they were going to attempt a 49-yard go ahead field goal.

Backup QB Tony Daniel took a bad snap but was not able to get it down for the kick. He stood up rolled out and found Alex Dennison for a 10 yard pass and a first down. In addition Daniel took a roughing the passer penalty, which moved UB to the 11. Two plays later, UB scored a TD on a Licata to Fred Lee TD pass.

Miami went on another epic drive, 16 plays with a conversion on 4th and 4 and 4th and 20, to tied the game with only 23 seconds remaining. On the ensuing kickoff, Devin Campbell returned the kickoff 47-yards to the 35. BO ran for 5 yards to give Clarke a little help, BO ended with 199 yards on 32 carries. With time running out, Clarke nailed the 47 yard field goal to give UB the 27-24 win.