Extra Points from Central Michigan's 20-14 victory over UB Saturday:
X The game could be viewed as a referendum on Dan Enos vs. Jeff Quinn, both who entered this season in their fifth year at the helm. Enos’ career record is 24-34. Quinn was fired at 20-36. Enos took over a team that was 12-2 in 2009 but also had heavy graduation losses. Quinn took over a 5-7 team and was forced to turn over the roster and improve the overall academic performance of the squad. Enos’ club made a bowl game in 2012. Quinn’s team made a bowl in 2013. Enos’ team, based on the way the players looked at UB Stadium Saturday, has slightly better talent right now, even if you discount the fact he lucked into running back Thomas Rawls, who transferred from Michigan this summer. If Enos was 3-5 he would be on a very hot seat right now. If Quinn’s Bulls were 5-3 he would still have a job.
X UB senior linebacker Lee Skinner had a game-high 16 tackles, including 2.5 tackles for loss. The 16 tackles also were a career high, and he had nine solo tackles, also a career high.
X Central Michigan won the time of possession, holding the ball for 36:25. That was due to the fact UB couldn’t run the ball.
X Central Michigan has more front-seven talent than UB.
X The switch of nose tackle Kristjan Sokoli to defensive end worked well. He made it tough for Central to run its power plays to the strong side. It was a specific game-planning move, but it was one of Sokoli’s better games. He seemed to thrive having a little more space with which to work. We’ll see if UB decides to make the move permanent. The issue with the move is it means fewer snaps for sophomore Brandon Crawford, who’s a good player. Sophomore Max Perisse can be used at nose tackle; Crawford isn’t a fit there.
X There aren’t as many good-looking plays on the call sheet when you’re not running the ball and you’re in third and long situations. Nevertheless, give coach Alex Wood credit for being creative and aggressive. UB tried a flea flicker in the third quarter, with Joe Licata taking a pitch-back from Anthone Taylor and throwing deep for Ron Willoughby. CMU’s DBs didn’t bite, and the pass was incomplete. On the second-last drive in the fourth quarter, on a first down play at the CMU 34, Licata handed on a reverse to Jacob Martinez, who pitched to Willoughby, who threw downfield for tight end Matt Weiser. Weiser was open, but the throw was too high. However, CMU didn’t bite on this one either. There was a defender behind the tight end in coverage.
X We don’t really have a complaint with UB’s play-calling, even though the offense didn’t get it done. Wood mixed it up well enough. There were 12 runs and 12 passes on first-down situations. But four of the five third-downs in the second half were third-and-long situations. That made UB susceptible to the blitz, and Enos sent the dogs out almost every obvious pass play.
x A good point made by UB color commentator Ed O'Neil: CMU's offense effectively uses the fullback to keep defenses honest between the run and the pass. (And UB's does, as well.) It's a Michigan State style offense. If anything, CMU should target WR Titus Davis even more. He's great.