ATHENS, Ohio – University at Buffalo tight end Mason Schreck had the biggest day of his strong season Thursday against Ohio University.
The 6-foot-4, 258-pounder caught a 75-yard touchdown pass from Tyree Jackson in the second quarter. It was UB’s longest pass play of the season. Schreck finished with a seven catches for 120 yards.
Schreck got a rare chance to show run-after-the catch ability on his TD. Ohio blitzed six men on the play, and Jackson found his tight end wide open 18 yards downfield. Schreck ran to the left sideline, shoved Ohio cornerback Toran Davis for 5 yards downfield to the Ohio 20 then ran Davis over and rumbled to the end zone.
“Out of my five years playing, that was one of the very few and only plays I’ve had the ball in the open field,” Schreck said. “Typically when that happens, guys are diving at my knees trying to take me down. That guy didn’t on that play, so I wanted to take full advantage.”
“It was a great play call by Coach K,” said Schreck, referring to offensive coordinator Andy Kotelnicki. “The whole game we were putting their Sam linebacker in a bit of a bind, just throwing a lot of different things at them. That specific play, they happened to turn me loose. So my eyes lit up when I saw it happen.”
Schreck has 40 catches for 470 yards on the season. That’s 14 catches more than UB’s No. 2 receiver, Marcus McGill.
Record: Ohio is 7-3. UB is 2-7. The Bobcats need just one more win or an Akron loss to clinch the MAC East and earn a spot in the conference title game.
QB report: Jackson finished 23 of 38 for 302 yards with one TD and one interception. It was his second 300-yard day of the season. But Jackson was sacked five times, and he took a lot of hits. He took a big blow to the sternum and both of his knees bent back at the end of a 6-yard scramble in the second quarter. But he stayed in the game.
“I was worried for him a little bit on that one,” Schreck said. “But he’s a tough kid. He displayed that today. Moving forward, he’s going to be a beast in the MAC. I think he did a good job of stepping up, making some throws, taking off and running when he needed to.”
Sack attack: Ohio entered the game ranked No. 1 in the MAC in sacks with 29. The Bobcats sacked Jackson five times and took down backup Grant Rohach once late in the game to push their total to 35. Three of them came on blitzes. Ohio’s star defensive end, senior Terrell Basham, had 1.5 sacks to bring his season total to 9. That equals Ohio’s single-season record.
Icing: Ohio sealed the victory with a 47-yard drive to a TD with 9:16 left in the fourth quarter to take a 34-10 advantage. Ohio had used good punts to pin UB inside its own 5 on the two previous possessions. The TD came on a 1-yard run by quarterback Quinton Maxwell.
Lineups: UB senior defensive tackle Max Perisse suffered a hand injury in practice. It required surgery, and he’s out for the rest of the season. Perisse started five games this season and 17 for his career. . . . Junior defensive tackle Chris Ford, who missed the past two games, was back in action. . . . Ohio was without its senior backup quarterback, Greg Windham, due to a lower leg injury suffered last week. . . . UB used Skylar Hartley at times in the second half in relief of Tomas Jack-Kurdyla. . . . Freshman Dev Lamour started at free safety and rotated with junior Tim Roberts.
Home cooking: The home team has won each of the last seven games in the series. UB is 1-7 all-time at Ohio.
In the house: Paid attendance was 17,113 at Peden Stadium. There were about 2,000 in the house.
Up next: UB returns home to play Miami Ohio on Nov. 12 at UB Stadium. The RedHawks (3-6) play host to Central Michigan at 6 p.m. Friday.