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UB HAS NOWHERE TO RUN IN 23-0 LOSS TO UCONN

STORRS, Conn. -- The University at Buffalo's first road trip of the season didn't help the Bulls find any offense.

UB was held to only 6 yards rushing in 23 carries in a 23-0 loss to the University of Connecticut here Saturday night. The loss was the Bulls' second straight without a win; they struggled offensively last week in a season-opening loss to Akron.

"Our offensive line had a poor night. That's obvious," said UB coach Craig Cirbus. "We can correct that and we will. That's our job."

The Huskies never trailed in the game as they beat a Division I-A team for the first time in school history; they had lost nine straight to such opponents before. This is UB's first year in I-A play.

The Bulls stayed close to UConn for more than a half. The Huskies scored the only touchdown of the opening 30 minutes on their first drive of the game, as Gary Chandler ran in from 1 yard.

However, UB could only get four first downs in the first half, with three of those coming in the opening drive. (It finished with 11 for the game.) The Bulls' defense figured to wear down under that sort of pressure, and it did.

Taber Small had two touchdowns for the Huskies in the second half on runs of 2 and 15 yards. The runs contributed to UConn's 178 yards rushing.

One of the few offensive bright spots for UB was the play of flanker Drew Haddad, who had nine catches for 106 yards. That made him the Bulls' all-time leader in receiving yards at 2,416. It moves him ahead of Chris D'Amico, who had 2,331 in his career. Haddad also tied a school record with his 11th 100-yard game in his career; Kali Watkins also had 11. Haddad has 169 receptions in his career, which is the school's all-time record.

"Drew Haddad is one of the most amazing football players I've ever been around. He gives it his all," Cirbus said.

UB quarterback Joe Freedy was 20 for 31 for 195 yards. It was a big step up from last week, when Freedy -- in his first start for the Bulls -- was 6 of 17.

"The number one quality (in a quarterback) we look for is the ability to control the football and not turn it over," Cirbus said. "Joe Freedy has done a super job of moving the football in the light of expectations and the little time we had to work with him."

The game represented the first win in three tries for UConn under new coach Randy Edsall. He replaced Skip Holtz, who joined the coaching staff of his father, Lou, at South Carolina. UConn lost, 45-14, to Kentucky last week.

The Bulls go back to Mid-American Conference play next week, when they play at Ohio University Saturday night.

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