By Bob DiCesare
UB finally got its running game going in the second half against Stony Brook Sept. 14, and the Bulls are looking to build off that improvement with running back Branden Oliver a go for this Saturday's game against visiting UConn.
"Absolutely," coach Jeff Quinn said on this morning MAC coaches teleconference. "We talked about it again this past week in terms of controlling the line of scrimmage with our big guys up front along with our tight ends and fullbacks. The things that I saw out of them this week, there was a concerted effort to get in and watch more film, understand the little detail things that make an effective run-blocking offense."
UConn (0-3) has been overpowered at the line by all three opponents -- Towson, Maryland and Michigan. The Huskies have yielded 598 yards on the ground while managing just 156 themselves.
UB (1-2) got 118 yards from backup Anthone Taylor and another 30 from James Potts after Oliver sat out against Stony Brook with a sore knee.
"I think the approach this week has been about running the ball and that's what we're going to continue to do," Quinn said. "Our guys are excited about that part of the game plan. But there's going to be some times we're going to have to throw the ball. They're a big Cover 1 team. They're going to press, get up in your face, so there's going to be some tight-window throws in addition."
The 3:30 kickoff will follow a pregame concert featuring country music recording artist Randy Houser.