Bottom Line: UB demoralized the Eagles right from the outset. Branden Oliver’s 60-yard TD run on the first offensive series set the early tone. Devin Campbell added a 96-yard kick return for a TD. Joe Licata managed a 99-yard drive. The defense turned the Eagles over twice. And that was just in the first half.
Player of the Game: Oliver finally cracked the century mark, finishing with 150 yards and two touchdowns on 25 carries.
Stat Check: Campbell’s kick return TD was UB’s first since Sept. 20, 2008 at Missouri (Earnest Jackson).
Oops: Even with an offsides penalty pending against his team, EMU coach Ron English challenged a Devin Campbell kick return, claiming his knee was down much earlier than the final spot. English was right. So the penalty was enforced and the Eagles had to kick off again. And this time Campbell took it to the house.
In the House: The Homecoming crowd filled out nicely just before kickoff and was announced at 23,062. It’s the first time UB’s had three straight home crowds in excess of 20,000
What It Means: UB’s 1-0 in the MAC and over .500 in the conference for the first time since the 2010 opener. The Bulls improved to 3-2 overall. EMU fell to 1-4, 0-2.
Next Up: The long homestand has concluded. UB takes to the road next Saturday for a divisional crossover game at Western Michigan.