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Bullied: Buffalo Game Notes

In a game where the Buffalo Bulls simply outlasted and outmuscled the Minutemen, several players had head-turning games. For example, Rob Blanchflower, who is quickly turning into one of the MAC’s better tight ends, had 44 yards receiving and a street brawler’s touchdown. He has been a major producer all season and should continue to flourish in the Spread offense. Below are the notes from a game where UMass won the first half but just didn’t have the numbers to finish: – Many Happy Returns: UMass has been terrible on punt returns throughout the season. The blocking has been poor, […]

UMass/Buffalo Highlights

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UMass Buffaloed by Bulls

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – At some point, the levee had to break. Despite playing three quality quarters, the UMass football team buckled in the trenches against a bigger and deeper Buffalo squad. UMass’ patchwork offensive line was exposed against a variety of all-in blitzes, and the defensive line, which had been playing bend-but-don’t-break ball, finally snapped. In the end, the Bulls came back from a 13-0 halftime deficit to defeat the Minutemen 29-19. Buffalo scored two unanswered touchdowns in the fourth quarter. The first was a short pass from redshirt freshman Brian Licata to Alex Neutz, the Bulls’ standout wide receiver, to give Buffalo a 22-19 […]

Game Week: Prediction Time

It seems to me that Buffalo is a better version of what UMass was trying to be last year. Let me explain. Like Kevin Morris’ Minutemen, the Bulls like to run out of the pro style, rely on the running game, and drop back into a situational shotgun. Buffalo also utilizes a 3-4 defense that depends on aggressive linebackers and talented safeties. Replace Branden Oliver with Jonathan Hernandez, Lee Skinner with Tyler Holmes, and Derek Brim with Darren Thellen. The similarity is almost eerie. The major difference is that Buffalo has several years of MAC-level recruiting under its belt. As UMass […]

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