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Minnesota - The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

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NCAA Football: Buffalo at Minnesota Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports

The Good:

Anthony Johnson - It’s been a long, long time since the Bulls had a receivers with the tool set that Johnson has. He’s big, he’s fast, he does a great job tracking the ball down and has solid hands.

If the Bulls use him right this season he is an all-conference receiver.

Offensive Play Calling - The Bulls called about the best game I’ve seen from them in two years. I’ve been harsh towards UB offensive coordinator Andy Kotelnicki over the past two seasons, today he served up some crow.

Tyree Jackson’s Decision Making - One bad decision all night, and it was a desperation heave which was effectivly a punt.

Punting - Kyle Deween was the key to UB’s defense nof facing a short field for the entire first half. Long punts with a lot of hang time.

The Bad:

Linebacker Pass Coverage - Minnesota did a lot of damage on underneath passes where the linebackers lost their receivers.

The Run game - The Bulls backs were just not fast enough to do any real damage. I don’t know if it was just Minnesota’s front being more athletic than UB’s or a bigger problem with our scheme.

Ugly:

Field Goal Kicking - No real explanation needed here. UB left six points on the field and while one of the field goals was a long 40 the other was a kick which should have been made.