OXFORD, Ohio -- Brett Hamlin doesn't mind being the setup man for Naaman Roosevelt and Ernest Jackson, but every now and then he wants a little glory. It almost came late in the University at Buffalo's 31-28 loss at Miami (Ohio).
The sophomore wideout nearly scored his first career touchdown when he connected with Drew Willy on a 23-yard reception and was stopped on the Miami 1.
"I was so tired," said Hamlin, who instead of a TD settled for career highs in receptions (nine) and yards (100) on Saturday. "After an incompletion on a deep ball you have to run back all the way to the line of scrimmage, get lined up and figure out the play. This is what I've been working for my whole life. I never had a colligate touchdown but once I caught it, my body went numb. I had nothing left."
At least Hamlin set up Roosevelt, who scored his second touchdown of the day on a 3-yard pass from Willy three plays later before Hamlin caught a two-point conversion.
"I guess you can say I got half a touchdown," Hamlin said. "So it works out."
The 6-foot-1, 182-pound Jupiter, Fla., native is comfortable with his role as a possession receiver. He's coming off an injury plagued season in 2006 where he played only two games because of foot and knee injuries.
"I like catching the first downs and getting the momentum and getting everybody up," said Hamlin, who scored five touchdowns as a senior at William T. Dwyer High School. "I like keeping the drives alive and setting up touchdowns for the stars like Naaman and E.J."
James Starks' 93-yard TD run in the first quarter was the second-longest in school history. The longest was 95 yards by "Easy" Ed Malanowicz on Nov. 16, 1929 against Hobart.
Starks went over the 100-yard mark with 6:47 left in the first quarter but the Miami defense made sure Starks wouldn't get another. He had 112 yards on eight carries after one quarter and then had only 11 carries for 36 yards the rest of the game.
"I think it is safe to say, after the first run of 92 yards, we stopped the run all day," said Miami coach Shane Montgomery.
It is also the longest run from scrimmage in the Mid-American Conference this season. Starks also set a career-best in the game with nine receptions. In addition, Starks leapfrogged four Bulls in career rushing yardage, going from eighth to fourth place with 1,616 yards. He is already UB's career leader in Division I-A rushing with O.D. Underwood (2,062), Alan Bell (3,022) and Anthony Swan (3,103) still ahead of him.
Willy's 33 completions out of 45 attempts is a school record, but he was sacked six times. Willy was matter of fact about the record which was previously held by Marty Barrett, who completed 32 passes at Baldwin-Wallace in 1982.
"We're at the point now as a team where we need wins," Willy said. "That's our main goal. There's no more going for stats. This [loss] hurts."
True freshman cornerback Dominic Cook did not play because of a hand injury. Also out of the lineup was backup linebacker Ollice Ervin (shoulder). . . . UB now has 244 points on the season (24.4 ppg), the most in its Division I-A history.