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Extra Points: Loss to Nevada has bright spots but MAC no cakewalk

Extra points a day after UB's 24-21 loss to Nevada:

x UB’s loss doesn’t have many implications for the rest of the season, as columnist Bucky Gleason wrote today. This figured to be a loss, and it was. The biggest takeaway is UB’s offense is back on track with a good game against a good defense. So the Bulls enter their Mid-American Conference schedule with reason to hope for a top-half-of-the-league finish. We picked UB for 5-7, and we’re sticking with it. But if UB plays like this the rest of the season, 7-5 is possible.

X The MAC has had a good first month of the season. Bowling Green just beat its second Big 10 team Saturday. Ohio lost by three at Minnesota. Central Michigan, a bottom-half MAC team, gave No. 2 Michigan State a fight. Kent State, which is supposed to be bad, lost to a good Marshall team in overtime. Right now, Miami is looking like the lone cakewalk game for UB.

X Once again, Joe Licata is worth the price of admission. It is a treat to watch his pocket presence and toughness. Too bad his end-zone interception late in the third quarter kept this game from being great. (It was Licata’s fourth 300-yard game.) But if you put Licata on Nevada and Tyler Stewart on UB, Nevada would have won 45-13.

X One of Licata’s excellent throws was the 5-yard TD strike to Collin Lisa on an out route to the left that pulled UB within 24-19. He put the ball the only place it could go and Lisa made a tough catch.

Said Licata: “A quick little stick route. We had hit it in practice during camp for a touchdown. I told him if you’re alone outside be ready to dive for it. We executed and he made a heckuva catch.”

X UB pulled some trickeration on the ensuing two-point conversion. A direct snap went to running back Anthone Taylor. He handed off to Marcus McGill on an end around to the right. Licata had gone out on a pass pattern to the right side of the end zone but Nevada was not fooled. He was covered. McGill made a heads-up play, reversing field and cutting up the middle into the end zone.

X McGill took a shot to the head after he crossed the goal line from Nevada defensive tackle Rykeem Yates. It was a hit that was penalized as a personal foul on the ensuing kickoff. Yates was fortunate it was not ruled as a flagrant foul, which would have caused his ejection.

X UB played seven true freshmen and eight red-shirt freshmen.

X WR Ron Willoughby tied a career high with 10 catches (for 122 yards).

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