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The Bulls managed just five wins in 2014, leaving them with a losing record. If you’re wondering where that 12th game went, think snow – and lots of it! The mid-November game with Kent State went unplayed due to severe winter conditions in parts of the greater Buffalo area. UB also came up a game short of .500 in the MAC standings with a 3-4 mark.
That’s a Roman numeral three, which notes new head coach Lance Leipold is moving up from a very successful career at the Division III level. His teams at UW-Whitewater won 109 games in eight seasons under Leipold.
UB gained 190.0 yards per game via the ground game. That ranked third among MAC teams.
Running back Anthone Taylor, who returns for his senior campaign in 2015, totaled 1,043 rushing yards on the season. That was good for second highest in UB history. He ranked second in MAC competition in rushing (149.4 ypg), TDs (9) and all-purpose yards (199.0 ypg).
Buffalo’s ground game certainly helped pave the way for a third place finish among MAC teams in scoring offense (31.6 ppg), rushing offense (190.0 ypg), third down conversions (47.1%) and time of possession (32:46 mpg).
Quarterback Joe Licata has 60 career passing TDs to his credit – a school record. The senior is coming off a campaign in which he completed 64.9 percent of his passes, good for 2,647 yards and 29 TD against 11 interceptions. He was fourth among MAC quarterbacks in pass efficiency.
Ron Willoughby led the Bulls receivers with 50 catches for 771 yards and nine TDs.
The Bulls were sixth in total defense (378.9 ypg). They ranked seventh against the rush (175.7 ppg).
Buffalo topped the loop in defending against the pass (203.1 ypg) and was second in pass defense efficiency despite bringing up the bottom with just two interceptions in conference play.
The Bulls were (MAC) fourth in sacks (10) and sacks allowed (17).
Buffalo will be getting a replacement for kicker Patrick Clarke. He is gone after scoring 59 points last year. Clarke was 6 of 14 on FG in 2014, with three field goals beyond 30 yards and a long of 40. He finished second in program history in field goals.
Buffalo was ninth in scoring defense, allowing 28.9 ppg for the season.
UB's -0.29 turnover margin was eighth among MAC teams.
The Bulls were 12 in red zone defense, allowing scores on 89.3 percent of chances. Opponents scored 17 TDs - 13 on rushes and four on pass plays.