September 19, 2014
College Sports

UB blown out by Baylor in prime time

Joe Licata and the UB Bulls were down 35-0 at the half against Baylor. Photo by Jeffrey T. Barnes.

The University at Buffalo football team was not ready for prime time. Playing a Friday night home game on the flagship ESPN network for the first time in school history, UB couldn’t keep up with the nation’s No. 8 team, Baylor, in a 63-21 loss. The Bulls (1-2) have now lost both of their games against FBS foes this season — and four straight going back to last year. They opened the season with a win over FCS Duquesne, and host another FCS school, Norfolk State, at 3:30 p.m. Saturday. UB debuted all black uniforms and helmets and asked fans to wear black to Friday night’s game. The blackout quickly turned into a blowout. Baylor opened up a 14-0 lead in the first five minutes and went up 28-0 in the first minute of the second quarter. By halftime, it was 35-0, and the announced crowd of 24, 714 had thinned out to no more than half that number. “We can play with any team in the country,” UB coach Jeff Quinn said afterward. “The only team that can beat us is ourselves.” The Bulls threatened to make it a game at the outset. Baylor needed a 12-play opening drive that included three third-down conversions and a one fourth-down conversion to score its first touchdown, an anomaly for the fast-paced Bears. UB appeared on its way to tying the game in quick fashion, as wide receiver Marcus McGill streaked wide open down the right sideline on the Bulls’ third play from scrimmage. But the ball bounced off McGill’s hands and onto the turf, slowing the Bulls’ momentum. UB was forced to punt, and two plays later, Baylor quarterback Bryce... Read the rest of this article in College Sports

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