Bottom line: UB won with ease. Bulls put their minds to business in the second quarter and scored on three straight possessions … and their next “defensive possession.”
Turning Point: Joe Licata’s 1-yard TD pass put Bulls on the board after RedHawks twice stopped Bo Oliver from the 1. Settling for a FG there might have inspired the RedHawks. Or maybe not.
Offensive Player of the Game: Oliver needed no more than the first half to extend to seven his school-record streak for consecutive 100-yard games. He played sparingly the second half and finished with 150 yards on 26 attempts.
Defensive Player of the Game: The most impressive thing about Khalil Mack is that he refuses to take plays off. He was all over the place again, setting the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) record for career forced fumbles in the process. Miami had no one or two players capable of containing him.
Stat Check: Okoye Houston’s 60-yard gallop with a Mack-induced fumble was UB’s first score off a fumble return since the 2008 MAC Championship Game. They had two that day.
Stat Check II: UB outrushed the RedHawks, 311-135.
In the House: Me, an usher and the Miami marching band. OK, maybe 500 plus the marching band. They announced the paid attendance as 9,895.
What’s Next: The MAC East title will be there for the taking when UB meets up with Bowling Green in the Ralph at 1:30 on Black Friday.
— Bob DiCesare