Game analysis: Another ugly one for the old Bulls. Four turnovers, two on the final two drives, spelled doom for UB in its 23-17 loss to Central Florida. The Bulls fall to 1-2 on the season in a game in which they led 17-7 at the half.
How UB loss: Turnovers. Four of ‘em. Just like last week at Pitt. The Bulls had two chances to put together winning drives in the final 5:57 but quarterback Zach Maynard threw an interception then fumbled after being sacked on the last drive.
Turning Point: In the third quarter with UB leading 17-14, defensive end Jarvis Geathers sacked Maynard and forced him to fumble. It was recovered by Darius Nall at the UB 33. UCF tied the game four plays later on a field goal.
Player of the game: Jarvis Geathers. Played big and came up with game changing plays. Three tackles. All sacks. Two forced fumbles.
Stat of the game: 86 yards rushing for the Bulls. Leading rushing Brandon Thermilus ran 12 times for 36 yards for an average of 3.0 yards a carry. James Starks season-ending shoulder injury is looking more and more devastating.
He said it: “The last two weeks we have probably faced the two best front fours that we are probably going to face all year long.’’ – UB coach Turner Gill
In the house: 33,689 in three-year old Bright House Network Stadium.
Up next for the Bulls: The Bulls travel to Philadelphia for a Saturday afternoon game against MAC rival Temple in a rematch of the Hail Mary Game won last year by UB.