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UB Bulls top Robert Morris 38-10 in season opener

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Buffalo gets the expected win to kick things off

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Things largely went to plan for the UB Bulls in their season opening win over Robert Morris Thursday night, a 38-10 victory driven by the run game.

Redshirt freshman quarterback Matt Myers tossed a pair of touchdowns to TE Zach Lefebvre in his first career start, but as expected the offense largely ran through the ground game. Jaret Patterson racked up 90 yards and a touchdown and Kevin Marks 75, while Myers added 47 built mostly on a 33-yard first-half scramble. You’ve got to wonder if in advance of road games against Penn State and Temple it may have been worth getting the starting QB more than ten throws.

UB’s defense, returning only a handful of starters, was up and down against an RMU offense that returned a number of skill position players but should have been overmatched. The Colonials at times were able to chew up yards on the ground, their lone touchdown coming on a nine-minute march in the second quarter.

All in all, somewhere between the expected easy FCS win from which we don’t learn a whole lot, and a shaky showing that reminds us just how much the program lost from 2018. More analysis to come in the next day or two, but feel free to leave your thoughts in the comments.