Running back Devin Campbell was taken out of UB Stadium on a stretcher Saturday and transported to a local hospital after suffering an apparent back injury during the Bulls’ victory over Western Michigan.
Campbell lay face down on the turf after a play with 8:27 remaining and was assisted to the sideline by medical personnel. Before the game’s conclusion he was placed on a stretcher and wheeled to an ambulance parked at the corner of the stadium.
“He got hit pretty hard and he was just really tensed up,” said UB coach Jeff Quinn. “Obviously they’re doing more extensive checking on him so our prayers go out to him and make sure that he’s OK, No. 1 being his health and well-being, and then see where he’s at in terms of being able to come back. I’m not as concerned about that as his health and well being.”
Campbell became UB’s main running back when starter Branden Oliver suffered what’s was called an ankle injury late in the first quarter.
Oliver missed four games earlier this season while recovering from a knee sprain. Oliver had 75 yards on 12 carries before the injury. Campbell finished with 22 carries for 107 yards, including a 45-yard TD run. No. 3 back Brandon Murie finished out, amassing 17 yards on six tries.
Oliver was positioned for his 13th career 100-yard game - which would have tied the school record - when he left the game. Campbell went over 100 yards for the third time as a true freshman.
Patrick Clarke missed his first field-goal attempt on the heels of last week’s winning kick against Miami, although he obviously disagreed with the officials’ ruling. He walked up field in protest when his attempt from 31 yards was called wide. Replays were not definitive. Clarke rebounded to make his final three attempts - from 30, 35 and 38.
Senior linebacker Willie Moseley produced the first interception of his career with 9:08 remaining in the fourth quarter. Combine that with Cortney Lester’s three picks and the Bulls had their first four-interception day in school Division I history. Before Saturday the last Bull with two interceptions in a game was John Syty in the 2008 opener at UTEP.
Defensive end Steven Means finished the home end of his career in style - nine tackles, one sacks, one tackle for a loss and a quarterback hurry.
“We might not have won the battle as far as going to the MAC Championship,” Means said. “But right now we’re winning the war as far as turning this whole program around.”
Linebacker Lee Skinner matched Means for the team lead with nine tackles. Linebacker Jake Stockman had eight tackles and forced a critical fourth-quarter fumble.
UB has won back-to-back games for the first team since beating Miami and Kent State to conclude the 2009 season. The Bulls finished 5-7 that year, and 3-5 in conference.