Redshirt-freshman quarterback Matt Myers looked quite comfortable in his first career start. The first freshman to start at quarterback for the Bulls since 1991, Myers finished 5-for-10 for 69 yards and two touchdowns and added 47 yards and another score on the ground.
"I thought he had good command," head coach Lance Leipold said of Myers. "He's a pretty even-keeled guy. He didn't get rattled."
Myers opened the scoring with a 1-yard rushing touchdown on UB's first possession. He also tossed a pair of touchdown passes to tight end Zac Lefebvre. He hit Lefebvre in stride for a 40-yard touchdown on the final play of the first quarter and later hit Lefebvre on a three-yard strike late in the first half.
Five different UB running backs had carries in the game led by returning Mid-American Conference Freshman of the Year Jaret Patterson who finished with 90 yards and a touchdown on only 12 carries. Kevin Marks rushed for 75 yards on 13 carries. Dylan McDuffie added 27 yards on four carries and freshman Ron Cook, Jr. had 24 yards on seven carries and scored his first career touchdown on a 3-yard run.
Robert Morris scored all 10 of its points in the first 20 minutes of the game, before the Bulls shut them out for the remainder of the contest. Redshirt-freshman Cory Gross had a team-high seven tackles. James Patterson had five tackles, including 1.5 for loss.
Buffalo had seven tackles for loss in the game. Both Malcolm Koonce and Ledarius Mack each had two tackles for loss and a sack. Koonce forced a fumble on his sack resulting in a recovery by Taylor Riggins.
Overall, Leipold was pleased UB was able to convincingly win the game by playing a fairly one-dimensional offense.
"I don't think it's any secret where our experience lies. We were trying to establish a run game and I thought we ran the ball extremely well in the first quarter," head coach Lance Leipold said. "Until they could really slow you down, there wasn't a need to throw it."
(Courtesy of UB Athletics)