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October 20, 2012

Depleted UB squad falls to Pittsburgh

Tonawanda News — AMHERST – The underachieving University at Buffalo football team would have had a hard enough time beating a Big East foe if the Bulls had every weapon in their holster. With the squad’s two most reliable offensive playmakers sidelined by injuries, the outcome was never in question.

The Bulls kept the score relatively close, but Big East bottom-feeder Pittsburgh was in command from start to finish and won 20-6 in the homecoming game at UB Stadium. Two junior standouts, running back Branden Oliver and wide receiver Alex Neutz (Grand Island High School), watched from the sidelines; they were held out as game-time decisions. In total, Buffalo (1-6, 0-3 Mid-American Conference) played without seven of its starters.

“I try to make sense of why we’re being tested the way we are right now,” said head coach Jeff Quinn. “I thought our kids competed, without a doubt. They’re being tested. We all are. We had our opportunities, had our chances, but we didn’t capitalize.”

As has been the case several times this year, the Bulls won the statistical battle but lost the game. Buffalo had 22 first downs to Pittsburgh’s (3-4, 0-3 Big East) 13. The Bulls had 334 yards of total offense to Pittsburgh’s 254.

Mental errors were the difference. A faulty snap thwarted a UB field goal attempt in the third quarter following an impressive 13-play drive. Junior quarterback Alex Zordich tossed a second-quarter interception, which resulted in a Pittsburgh touchdown. The Bulls had two late touchdowns negated by penalties.

“It’s frustrating,” Zordich said. “We’ve just got to keep working, keep grinding at it. We don’t quit, and that’s a good thing, but we want to win.”

With redshirt freshman Joe Licata waiting in the wings at second on the depth chart and the Bulls struggling to win (their only victory came against FCS team Morgan State on Sept. 8), some have called for a quarterback change. 

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