Unpredictable play at quarterback has plagued the University at Buffalo all season, but P.J. Piskorik may have played his best game of the year Saturday against Central Michigan.
The junior from Swoyersville, Pa., rushed for a personal-high 85 yards and a touchdown, and he passed for a season-high 122 more in the Bulls' 36-6 win over the Chippewas in UB Stadium. Piskorik rebounded from a slow start -- he threw his seventh interception of the season in the first quarter -- to ignite a 28-point second quarter. He had a 34-yard run on a keeper to the Central Michigan 15 and ran the same play on the next snap for a 6-yard gain to the Chippewas' 9. Sophomore tailback Steven King scored on the next play for a 7-0 lead.
On his next drive, Piskorik had a 10-yard run and completed a 17-yard pass to senior Matt Knueven, which set up Chris McDuffie's 11-yard touchdown. Piskorik then scored on a 4-yard run in which he dove, was sent spinning in the air by a Central Michigan defender and landed in the end zone to give UB a 21-0 lead.
Piskorik, like the rest of the Bulls' quarterbacks, has struggled moving the offense, which is why the Bulls are just 2-8 overall and 2-6 in the Mid-American Conference. He had completed 52 of 98 passes for 467 yards but had only two touchdowns and seven interceptions coming into Saturday's game.
"I think he made a lot of good decisions," said UB coach Jim Hofher. "We protected the ball very well and the quarterback is obviously going to have his hands on the ball more than anyone. He did a pretty darn good job with ball security and he's a guy capable of doing that."
No one at UB has been criticized more over the last three seasons than Randall Secky, the fifth-year senior from Maple Grove who made his first appearance at quarterback since the Ohio University game Sept. 25.
Secky completed one pass, a 42-yard strike to redshirt freshman tight end Trevor Scott, that set up McDuffie's 2-yard touchdown run. Secky was pulled from the lineup following the Ohio game because of inconsistent play but was happy to play in his final game in UB Stadium.
"I got a chance to get in there at the end and make a nice completion," said Secky, who had five attempts. "Trevor Scott made a good catch down there."
Junior defensive linemen Bill Meholif and Aaron Sanders were honored on the District I Academic All-America Team as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America. They are part of the 24-man team from Division I programs from New England, New York and Pennsylvania. . . . The last time UB won a home finale was 1996 when it defeated Maine, 35-31. That was also the last season the Bulls finished over .500 (8-3). . . . Bryan Cummings' blocked punt in the first half was the Bulls' second this season. Sophomore Ramon Guzman, who missed Saturday's game with a hamstring injury, blocked one against Syracuse. . . . Linebacker Rich Sanders' safety in the fourth quarter was the Bulls' first since the 2002 season opener against Rutgers on Sept. 7, 2002. . . . Redshirt freshman quarterback Chris Moore did not dress for the game because of the flu. . . . Junior tailback Dave Dawson did not have a carry Saturday because of what Hofher termed discipline reasons. He did play on special teams and had a tackle. . . . The Bulls were outscored, 124-55, in the second quarter this season but put the game away Saturday with 28 unanswered points in the second period. . . . The Chippewas converted just 2 of 18 third downs.