Scoreboards can be deceiving but they don't lie.
"If you look at the statistics, we got beat but fortunately the scoreboard said 55-0, we win," Connecticut football coach Skip Holtz, son of former Notre Dame coach Lou Holtz, said after his Huskies pounded the University at Buffalo on Saturday. "I think I'll take the scoreboard."
The statistics that jumped out at Holtz were time of possession and total offensive plays. Buffalo had the ball 41 minutes and 29 seconds; UConn (4-0) for 18:31. The Bulls ran 115 plays; the Huskies ran 49.
Not only that, but UConn touched the ball six times in the third quarter and scored 27 points.
Junior quarterback Shane Stafford tied a school record with four touchdown passes, two to junior flanker Tory Taylor (eight catches, 119 yards) covering 15 and 18 yards, and one each to fullback Chad Martin (8 yards) and split end Carl Bond (39 yards). Stafford was 16 of 22 for 227 yards and no interceptions.
There were plenty of defensive fireworks as well. Junior linebacker Louis Waggoner returned an interception for a 77-yard touchdown and redshirt freshman free safety Jeff DeLucia picked up a fumble and returned it 74 yards for another score. Senior tailback Hezekiah Faison had a 1-yard run for a score and true freshman Barry Chandler raced 86 yards for the game's final touchdown.
"The defense set the whole tone of the game," Stafford said. "I had never seen that before, the two defensive touchdowns almost back-to-back. That really took the pressure off the offense."
"They jumped out early and we didn't have the character and the moxie to fight back," UB coach Craig Cirbus said after watching his team fall to 2-4. "We let one thing roll into another and it was a catastrophe. It's not a surprise in that that's how a football game goes."
This is the first time since 1992 that the Bulls -- beaten 50-0 at Ohio University two weeks ago -- have allowed 50 or more points twice in a season. It was UB's biggest loss since a 55-0 defeat at Dayton in 1980.
Bulls' running back Anthony Swan had 16 carries for 42 yards, breaking the school record for career rushing attempts with 694. Alan Bell had 682 from 1989-92.
UB quarterback Chad Salisbury was 28 of 54 passing for 221 yards. His 54 pass attempts tied the second-most throws for one game; the record is 56.
The Bulls will try to right themselves at 1 p.m. Saturday when they visit Youngstown State.