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Maynard receives pep talk

PHILADELPHIA -- After Saturday's 37-13 loss at Temple, University at Buffalo coach Turner Gill pulled Zach Maynard aside for a chat.

"It wasn't your day today," he told the sophomore quarterback. "We'll come back and we'll learn from this and get some things corrected."

Undeniably, Maynard had the worst day in his short stint as a starter with four interceptions and a fumble which the Owls converted into 17 points.

Four different Owls -- Dominique Harris, Marquise Liverpool, Elijah Joseph and Andre Neblett -- picked off Maynard.

The UB quarterback completed 26 of 41 for 281 and was sacked only once, but the turnovers hindered the offense greatly.

Gill said he will watch video tape today for further evaluation.

"Some of that may be receivers, too," Gill said. "Sometimes you see in the game that the quarterback made the wrong decision or he did this or he did that. Maybe our receivers didn't run the right route, didn't get the right depth, didn't get the right read. The stats say interception by Zach Maynard, but it might not totally be his [fault]."

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Gill said senior center Matt Bacoulis could be, "out for a while," with an ankle injury suffered on the game's first play from scrimmage. Bacoulis, who is in his first season as a starter, was injured during an off tackle run by tailback Brandon Thermilus.

Bacoulis walked off the field with a noticeable limp with the help of trainers and was replaced in the lineup by sophomore Josh Violanti. He was carted off to the locker room for X-rays. Bacoulis was seen on the sidelines with his left foot heavily wrapped and walking on crutches.

Senior cornerback Kendric Hawkins suffered a slight concussion in the fourth quarter and didn't return but Gill said he was fine.

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Gill admitted after the game that the staff has to do something to get the running game going.

Tailbacks Brandon Thermilus, Ike Nduka and Mario Henry combined for 84 yards on 21 carries.

"We're going to evaluate what we need to do to improve our running game, whether it's personnel, whether it's plays or a combination of things," Gill said.

Nduka, a junior who received the first extended playing time of his career, appears to have moved ahead of senior Mario Henry on the depth chart. Nduka ran seven times for 28 yards and his 14-yard carry was the longest for the Bulls in the game.

"I think I'm getting into a nice rhythm," Nduka said. "I thought I did pretty well but at the end of the day it doesn't matter who's in there, we want to win."

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Senior receiver Naaman Roosevelt has now caught a pass in 42 consecutive games, the second-longest streak in the nation. With his fifth catch of the game, Roosevelt moved into 12th place in Mid-American Conference history for career catches, surpassing Toledo's Lance Moore (2001-04).

Roosevelt also has more than 3,000 receiving yards for his career and trails only Drew Haddad in the UB record book. He also had his 11th career 100-yard receiving game, which tied him for second in school history with Kali Watkins (1995-98).

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The UB defense allowed less than 100 yards passing for the first time this season, making it twice that's happened in its last four games. The Bulls gave up 49 yards passing against Connecticut in last year's International Bowl. . . . The interception by senior linebacker Justin Winters was the first of this season for him and the second of his career. . . . With his fifth catch of the game senior wideout Brett Hamlin moved into third place in school history in career receptions with 146. . . . The 6-yard touchdown reception to Marcus Rivers was the first scoring reception of his career. It was also the lone UB touchdown. . . . A.J. Principe converted on a season-best two field goals. . . . The 41 pass attempts by Maynard are the most by a UB quarterback since Drew Willy had 43 against UConn in last year's International Bowl. Maynard's 26 completions are also the most by a UB quarterback since Willy completed 29 passes in that bowl game.

e-mail: rmckissic@buffnews.com

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