Michie Stadium, Noon ET, Saturday, Sept. 6
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The Buffalo Bulls started strong and finished strong in last week’s opener against visiting Duquesne. It was the middle part that proved a little shaky for the Bulls.
UB was already up 21-0 in the second quarter when the Dukes reeled off 21 points of their own. After a Bulls field goal, Duquesne took its only lead of the game five seconds into the final frame.
Buffalo rallied down the stretch on a pair of Joe Licata to Ron Willoughby TDs.
With No. 10-ranked Baylor coming to Buffalo Friday, Sept. 12, can the Bulls take care of business on the road against an Army team that is being tested for the first time in 2014.
The Cadets will be making their first outing under new head coach Jeff Monken, who is coming off four successful seasons at Georgia Southern.
Army is coming off a 3-9 season. It will continue to run the triple-option offense under Monken, who was an assistant coach at Navy and Georgia Tech.
Defensive coordinator Jay Bateman is in his first year at Army after guiding the Ball State Cardinals. With his arrival, Army will be switching over to a 3-4 defense after going with a 4-3 “D” in the past.
The Black Knights piled up 3717 rushing yards in 2013, averaging 5.4 ypc. It’s a constant grind that tests opposing defenses’ ability to play “assignment” football.
Quarterback Angel Santiago is back. He led the team with 10 Tds last year and finished third on the team with 593 yards. Fellow seniors Terry Baggett and Larry Dixon led the Black Knights with 1,113 and 705 yards, respectively.
Quarterback Joe Licata came out with a strong effort in Week No. 1. His final numbers included 25 of 36 for 298 yards with three touchdowns and one interception.
Ron Willoughby registered 10 receptions for 132 yards and two TDs
Anthone Taylor picked up 115 yards on 30 carries to pace a Bulls running game that amassed 298 yards. The Bulls defense, meanwhile, held Duquense to 51 yards rushing but gave up 322 yards through the air.
Kristian Sokoli and Adam Redden each totaled 10 tackles to led the defense in Week No. 1. Redden also had two sacks for a minus-13 yards. Kendall Roberson had a fumble recovery.
-- Buffalo seeks to start the season 2-0 for the first time since the 1983 season when it was a Division III program. The Bulls are also looking for their first non-conference road win since defeating UTEP, 23-17 in 2009.
-- Army is the only service academy UB has ever played. The Black Knights won the first meeting, 37-0 in 1960. Buffalo won in 2001 (26-19 at West Point) and again in 2008 (27-24, OT in Buffalo)