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Game capsule: UMass 31, UB 26

The University at Buffalo played its worst run defense of the season in losing to the University of Massachusetts Friday.

Freshman running back Marquis Young rushed for 240 yards on 35 carries to lead the Minutemen to a 31-26 victory at UB Stadium.

Young had too much speed for the UB defense. He frequently beat the Bulls to the edge on runs around end.

Young, a 196-pound freshman from Fairport High School near Rochester, had 215 yards in the first half in helping the Minutemen to a 28-17 lead.

UMass finished with 295 yards rushing on 49 carries, a 6.0-yard average.

"I'm just stunned," said UB senior middle linebacker Nick Gilbo. "They're a passing team. But once they got that running going they just kept rolling over us. We didn't have an answer. We were better in the second half, but at that point we had dug ourselves too big of a hole."

UB gave up more yards – 334 – in a loss to Northern Illinois. But Northern Illinois averaged only 4.9 yards a carry. Northern Illinois was ranked third in the Mid-American Conference in rushing. UMass was ninth out of 13 in rushing yards, averaging 142 yards a game.

Young had a 47-yard TD run in the first quarter. He ran out of a would-be tackle from safety Ryan Williamson just past the line of scrimmage, and Gilbo overflowed in the direction of the play. Young also had TD runs of 6 and 1 yards.

Records: UB finished 5-7 and 3-5. UMass is 3-9, 2-6.

What it means: UB blew its chance to become bowl-eligible. Whether the Bulls would have gotten a bowl bid would have depended on results over the next week. But the odds would have been in UB’s favor. Considering how the Bulls played against a bad team, a bowl matchup against a halfway decent opponent might have been ugly.

Milestones: Tyler Grassman’s first punt put him second on the all-time UB list for punts. It went for only 18 yards into the wind and set up UMass for its first TD drive.

Slow start: UB fell behind, 14-0. The Bulls were outscored, 100-67, in the first quarter. It was the fifth game this year UB gave up a touchdown on the opening drive. Meanwhile, UB’s offense produced three scores in 12 opening-game drives.

Sharpe report: UMass senior receiver Tajae Sharpe entered the game leading the nation in catches with 105. He finished with six catches for 138 yards.

Lineups: UMass was missing both starting offensive tackles, Elijah Wilkinson and Tyrell Smith, due to violation of team rules. The No. 3 receiver was out for the same reason. The Minuteman lost a third O-line starter for the game, guard Fabian Hoeller, to injury in the first uarter. UMass also was without its two starting cornerbacks, Randall Jette and Kelton Brackett, due to injury. . . . UB was without No. 1 slot receiver Collin Lisa. Sophomore Jacob Martinez filled his spot. Sophomore Tyler O’Henly started at right tackle, and senior Bob Blodgett shifted to left guard. Starting guard Brandon Manosalvas was lost to a left ankle or foot injury in the first quarter. He was replaced by Roubbens Joseph.

In the house: Paid attendance was 15,648. There might have been 3,000 sitting through the steady rain.

Next up: UB’s season is over.

 

 

 

 

 

The University at Buffalo played its worst run defense of the season in losing to the University of Massachusetts Friday.

Freshman running back Marquis Young rushed for 240 yards on 35 carries to lead the Minutemen to a 31-26 victory at UB Stadium.

Young had too much speed for the UB defense. He frequently beat the Bulls to the edge on runs around end.

Young, a 196-pound freshman from Fairport High School near Rochester, had 215 yards in the first half in helping the Minutemen to a 28-17 lead.

UMass finished with 295 yards rushing on 49 carries, a 6.0-yard average.

UB gave up more yards – 334 – in a loss to Northern Illinois. But Northern Illinois averaged only 4.9 yards a carry

Records: UB finished 5-7 and 3-5. UMass is 3-9, 2-6.

What it means: UB blew its chance to become bowl-eligible for the second time in three years. Whether the Bulls would have gotten a bowl bid would have depended on results over the next week. But the odds would have been in UB’s favor. Considering how the Bulls played against a bad team, a bowl matchup against a halfway decent opponent might have been ugly.

Milestones: Tyler Grassman’s first punt put him second on the all-time UB list for punts. It went for only 18 yards into the wind and set up UMass for its first TD drive.

Slow start: UB fell behind, 14-0. The Bulls were outscored, 100-67, in the first quarter. It was the fifth game this year UB gave up a touchdown on the opening drive. Meanwhile, UB’s offense produced three scores in 12 opening-game drives.

Sharpe report: UMass senior receiver Tajae Sharpe entered the game leading the nation in catches with 105.

Lineups: UMass was missing both starting offensive tackles, Elijah Wilkinson and Tyrell Smith, due to violation of team rules. The No. 3 receiver was out for the same reason. The Minuteman lost a third O-line starter for the game, guard Fabian Hoeller, to injury in the first uarter. UMass also was without its two starting cornerbacks, Randall Jette and Kelton Brackett, due to injury. . . . UB was without No. 1 slot receiver Collin Lisa. Sophomore Jacob Martinez filled his spot. Sophomore Tyler O’Henly started at right tackle, and senior Bob Blodgett shifted to left guard. Starting guard Brandon Manosalvas was lost to a left ankle or foot injury in the first quarter. He was replaced by Roubbens Joseph.

In the house: Paid attendance was about 17,500. There might have been 3,000 in sitting through the steady rain.

Next up: UB’s season is over.

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