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UB-Temple game analysis

Game analysis: Stop me if you heard this one before: Five turnovers – four interceptions and a fumble by Zach Maynard – aided Temple in an easy 37-13 romp over the Bulls. The Bulls rang up nearly 400 yards of total offense but the turnovers, including two in the red zone proved to the be difference.

How UB loss: The turnovers are starting to become an issue. The total is now up to 13 for the season, all in the last three games. The first one, a 95-yard interception return for a touchdown by linebacker Elijah “”Peanut’’ Joseph was the game changer. Speaking of which …

Turning Point: Joseph’s interception was a dagger. UB appeared ready to tie the game at 13-13 just before halftime when ‘Nut took Maynard’s pass back to the house. Instead, Temple took a 20-6 lead which it expanded to 27-6 early in the third quarter.

Player of the game: This one is tough. It wasn’t like Temple overwhelmed UB offensively but tailback Bernard Pierce managed to pierce the Bulls defense for 116 yards and a touchdown. Give some love to Peanut, too, for his interception.

Stat of the game: Davonte Shannon comes to play every game. He had 10 tackles – nine solos – including a tackle for a loss. As usual, he was all over the place.

He said it: “”That’s the way it goes sometimes and they executed better. That’s really the bottom line.’’ – UB coach Turner Gill.

In the house: 13,949 at Lincoln Financial Field

Up next for the Bulls: Things get a little tougher next week for the Bulls going up against quarterback Dan LeFevour and West Division favorite Central Michigan. Before the season, this looked like a potential preview of the MAC Championship Game but now the focus for UB will be trying to regroup.

---Rodney McKissic


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