How UB Won: UB knew that UMass was familiar with their offensive signals and plodded through the first half. In the second half, they went back to being themselves, developed a rhythm, stuck with the ground game and imposed their will.
Turning Point: Down 3, UMass had advanced to the UB 48 when QB Mike Wegzyn was nailed for consecutive sacks, by Steven Means/Colby Way and Jake Stockman/Willie Moseley. UB scored the game’s final points on its next posession.
Offensive Player of the Game: Joe Licata hit the big throws and finished 18 of 30 for 226 yards and two touchdowns. His go-ahead TD throw to Alex Neutz with a defender bearing down epitomized composure.
Defensive Player of the Game: Khalil Mack was in on a season-high 15 tackles, 3½ of them for losses including 2½ sacks.
What It Means: UB improved to 4-7 overall and 3-4 in the MAC. UMass is 1-10, 1-6.
He Said It: “I wish I could have got more yards obviously but I did what I could. For the first-time debut it’s not bad, I started out ‘D’ line. Now I’m playing running back. You never know what tomorrow brings.” – Senior fullback Rashad Jean, who ran 17 times for 73 yards.
Stat Check I: UB ran just nine plays in the first quarter – for 22 yards.
Stat Check II: Wegzyn was sacked eight times, leaving UMass with minus-15 yards rushing in the second half and just 49 for the game.
Next Up: The Bulls close out the regular season Friday at Bowling Green, coached by Lew-Port’s Dave Clawson. Game time is 2 p.m. The Falcons fell to Kent State, 31-24, Saturday, giving the Golden Flashes the East title.
– Bob DiCesare