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.