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UB: Rapid Analysis

By Bucky Gleason

The University at Buffalo should have learned from nearly losing to Stony Brook last season. Instead, the Bulls seemed to overlook another inferior opponent Saturday before narrowly beating a Duquesne team that was bracing for a good beating.

It was almost as if UB became full of itself after scoring three early touchdowns and building a commanding 21-0 lead in the first half. A mistake late in the second quarter led to a Duquesne touchdown. UB had problems handling the Dukes’ no-huddle offense in the third quarter and was losing in the fourth.

Duquesne isn’t exactly Baylor, which will be confirmed in two weeks. The Dukes had never played a Division I opponent. They play in the Football Championship Subdivision, which amounts to a Division I-AA team. UB was a 28-point favorite and nearly lost their season opener.

Rather than get the season off to a good start with an easy win, the Bulls looked like a fragile team facing many unanswered questions. Fortunately for them, Joe Licata showed up when it mattered most. He threw a perfect pass to Ron Willoughby for the winning score in the fourth quarter.

Final score: UB 38, Duquense 28.

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