Game analysis: Give credit where it’s due. Bulls would have been at a loss without a pass attack once Western Michigan clamped down on the run after intermission. UB ran for just 19 yards in the second half. And that’s where Joe Licata came in, completing 11 of 14 for 136 yards and a TD over the last two quarters. The simple truth is that UB doesn’t win this one without a competent passing game.
Turning point: UB freshman LB Jake Stockman forced a fumble on a sack of Alex Carder that Colby Way recovered with 3:28 remaining. It came one play after WMU’s Eric Monette dropped a pass in the end zone.
Player of the game: Cortney Lester’s third interception of the day snuffed out Western Michigan’s final opportunity with 1:12 remaining. He was also in on three tackles and broke up a pass.
Stat check: The Bulls’ five takeaways were one fewer than they had in the first nine games of the season.
Stat check II: There were 18 penalties called in the game, 11 of them against UB.
What it means: UB has back-to-back victories for the first time since 2009. The Bulls improved to 3-7 overall and 2-4 in the MAC. Western Michigan lost its chance to become bowl eligible, falling to 4-7, 2-5.
They said it: “It feels great. My heart, my soul, and my blood and tears are on this field. ... I want to thank this team, this coaching staff, all you guys for allowing me to be on this field.” - Senior defensive end Steven Means after his final home game.
In the house: The crowd was announced at 11,012, the second largest of the four-game home stand.
Next up: UB meets MAC newcomer UMass at 3 p.m. Saturday in Gillette Stadium. The Minutemen are coming off their first win of the season, over Akron.
— Bob DiCesare