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32 days to kickoff: Zach Nicholas

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Who is wearing #32 in 2015?

Zach Nicholas

Hometown: Ellicott City, Maryland

Year: Sophomore

Position: Safety

High School: Mount Hebron

Freshman (2014): Zach played in 9 games at running back as a true freshmen. He ran five times for 18 yards, mostly against Norfolk State (4 runs for 14 yards).

Outlook: Nicholas will move to safety and compete for one of the two open spots. During spring practice Zach was on the outside of the top two safety pairings so unless he has made major strides this summer, this season could be a good time to use his redshirt year and continue his development at defensive back.

#32 UB Football Game

October 25, 2003 - UB 26, Ohio 17

Facing a crazy long losing streak, UB invited the Bobcats to UB Stadium in front of 4400 long-suffering UB fans. Ohio begged UB to make the fans believe the Bulls would finally win. After forcing a three-and-out to start the game, Ohio shanked a Punt to give UB the ball at the 30. But this was 2003, which means UB ran 3 plays gaining only 2 yards before failing on a fake field goal attempt..

Ohio scored two TDs and a safety but missed two extra points and a field goal, to take a very unconventional 14-0 lead. The game turned around when P.J. Piskorik threw a 58-yard touchdown pass to Matt Knueven. A missed UB field goal kept the Bulls behind 14-7 at the half.

After trading field goals in the third quarter, UB tied the game on a P.J. Piskorik TD run. After running for 56-yards on the previous drive, Dave Dawson forced an Ohio fumble on the ensuing kickoff, giving UB the ball on the 28. This time, UB was able to capitalize on their field position, driving to the 11-yard line and kicking a 27-yard field goal for their first lead of the game 20-17.

Once leading, the defense held Ohio to 16 plays for 35 yards and forced two turnovers on downs. UB's offense added two more field goals and UB finally broke their losing streak with a 26-17 win over the (not yet hated) Ohio Bobcats.