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UB opens season with 51-14 rout of Albany

The University at Buffalo opened its college football season with a 51-14 rout of the University at Albany Saturday.

UB senior quarterback Joe Licata was sensational, hitting 20 of 26 passes for 246 yards and two touchdowns. UB senior running back Anthone Taylor rushed 17 times for 104 yards and two touchdowns.

And UB got its first punt return for a touchdown since 2002 when Jacob Martinez returned one 86 yards for a score with 1:30 left. That snapped the longest punt-return-for-TD drought in the nation. UB’s last punt return TD was in August 2002.

Albany scored a touchdown on its first possession of the game. But then UB took over. The Bulls scored on five of their next six possessions, with the lone non-scoring drive coming at the end of the first half.

Licata threw TD passes of 9 yards to Marcus McGill and 20 yards to Jacob Martinez. Taylor scored on runs of 21 and 1 yards. Jordan Johnson scored on a 1-yard run.

UB visits Penn State next Saturday.

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