Terrance Breaux didn't finish his senior season the way he wanted, but he played a key role in his final game for the University at Buffalo.
Breaux played for the first time this season and caught a pass in the third quarter, one play before Drew Willy's 41-yard touchdown pass to Ernest Jackson gave UB a 16-13 lead. The Bulls went on to beat Kent State in overtime, 30-23. A knee injury kept Breaux out of the lineup until Saturday.
"I was just happy to have the opportunity to do it," Breaux said. "That's all I prayed for was an opportunity. I said if I got a chance, I was going to make something happen."
The senior from Randallstown, Md., was expected to be one of the Bulls' top receiving threats, but he reinjured his knee during summer workouts. Breaux appeared in all 12 games in 2006, started 10, and led the Bulls in receiving yards (444) and touchdowns (three) while ranking third in receptions (32).
"I was determined to get back out there somehow, someway," he said. "I found a way to get back."
Who would have thought that the Bulls could win a share of the MAC East championship after starting the season with a 38-3 loss at Rutgers? This is the same program that won a grand total of five games from 2002-05.
The last time the Bulls won their season finale was 1996, which is also the last time they had a winning record (8-3).
"Basically we just battled back and put all those games behind us," said senior defensive end Trevor Scott. "This game was important to us because we had four wins and wanted to go out on top with five wins because we've never done that before at the University at Buffalo."
Said Breaux: "Me and Trevor and the other seniors came in together and we always said that we were going to change [UB] by the time we leave."
Willy's junior season is arguably the best of any quarterback in UB history.
He tied the career record for completions after having 34 against Kent State, and now has 545 career completions, tying him with Cliff Scott for first in school history. The 334 yards passing on the day was the third time Willy passed the 300-yard mark and the second time this season. He now has 5,544 yards passing in his career, fourth on the school's list.
In addition, Willy finished the season by not throwing an interception in his final 235 attempts. He also became only the eighth UB quarterback to complete at least 50 percent of his passes and have more touchdowns than interceptions. Willy completed 67.3 percent of his throws and had 15 touchdowns and six interceptions while throwing for 2,572 yards.
By the time he's finished, Willy could have every major passing record at Buffalo.
True freshman A.J. Principe booted three more field goals on the day, giving him 15 for the season, second most in school history. In addition, he set the school record for single-season points by a kicker with 75. . . . Jackson caught his sixth touchdown of the season, tying for 10th place for a single season with five others. He also had a career-high nine receptions in the game for 119 yards. . . . It took nearly two full seasons, but sophomore Naaman Roosevelt completed his first career pass on his first career attempt. The former St. Joe's quarterback turned wideout became the fifth UB player this season to complete a pass. His eight catches Saturday gave him 63 for the season, fourth best at UB for a single season. . . . True freshman safety Davonte Shannon had 15 tackles on the day, becoming the single-season leader in Buffalo's Division I-A history. Shannon finished the year with 123 total tackles, seventh all-time, but 10 ahead of J.J. Gibson's 113 tackles in 2004. Shannon also finished the year with 73 solo tackles, third-best in school history behind Craig Guest, who recorded 80 in 1996 and 77 in '95. . . . Linebacker Chris Callahan had a career day, setting personal marks for tackles (eight) and tackles for loss (two) while matching his career high with a sack.