UB was not even supposed to be here, nothing more than charming foil for Ball State’s assault on perfection.
But with their defense forcing the Mid-American Conference’s Player of the Year, Nate Davis, into two critical fumbles, UB produced one of the biggest upsets in college football this season, beating previous undefeated and No. 12 ranked Ball State, 42-24, in the MA…
UB is making quite a living off fumble recoveries, a living that could lead them to one of the biggest upsets in college football this season. Sherrod Lott took one back to the house for 74 yards and Mike Newton took one back 92 yards to give the Bulls a 28-17 lead heading into the final quarter against the nation's 12th ranked team. The two fumble recoveries ties an NCAA …
UB trails the No. 12 team in the country by three points at halftime. Ball State's Ian McGarvey put the Cardinals ahead just before intermission with a 47-yard field goal which tied a career long. The score was set up following a fumble by James Starks at the UB 48.---Rodney McKissic
UB struck first on a 2-yard touchdown pass from Drew Willy to Naaman Roosevelt in the right corner of the end zone. The score was set up when Ball State quarterback Nate Davis fumbled the snap which Bulls linebacker Raphael Akobundu recovered at the Ball State 25.
Three plays later, the Bulls had the game's first points.
Junior tailback Mario Henry is on the field warming up and we'll find out soon if he's going to play. Henry has been out of the lineup since the Army game when he suffered a knee injury.
With Ernest Jackson and Chris Scharon already out with injuries, the Bulls need as many weapons on offense as they can get.
UB will be without senior receiver Ernest Jackson and fullback Chris Scharon for tonight's MAC Championship Game against Ball State.
Jackson is out with a foot injury and Scharon with a broken bone in his right hand. Both were listed as questionable prior to the game. Either junior Brett Hamlin or senior Gary Rice will start in place of Jackson, while junior Lawrence Roll…
---A huge color photo of UB coach Turner Gill is on the front sports page of this morning's Detroit News. Gill talked about how his prospects of becoming a Division I-A head coach were slim to none before UB came calling.
---UB dispensed over 1,000 tickets as of early Friday morning for tonight's MAC Championship Game at Ford Field, while Ball State expects about double t…
There were four Connecticut newspapers on hand Thursday night in Alumni Arena for UB's near-miss against UConn and here's some links to how they saw it.
Hartford Courant game story
Hartford Courant sidebar
Connecticut Post game story
New Haven Register game story
Manchester Journal-Inquirer (click on sports. UB-UConn link not posted as of this writin…
Some attempts to process what went on Thursday night in Alumni Arena as UB came oh-so-close to a history-making upset of UConn:
---Rodney Pierce has to take the last shot. Period. He can't be passing the ball, can't be looking to pass. He has 28 points and is UB's only real offensive threat on this night. Certainly, 7-foot-3 Hasheem Thabeet is going to close on him. Pierc…
UB almost pulled the colossal upset but UConn held on for a 68-64 victory. The Bulls were down two and going for the win when Rodney Pierce's pass to Max Boudreau was intercepted under the basket with six-tenths of a second left. Pierce finished with a game-high 28 points for UB but almost certainly made a mistake passing up the last shot. Hasheem Thabeet led UConn with 21…
The Bulls are down, 63-56, wtih 3:32 left. UB has just five points in the last eight minutes. Rodney Pierce has 24 points but no one else is in double figures. UConn's Hasheem Thabeet has 20 points and 17 boards.
UB came close to North Carolina in '99 and Pittsburgh in '06. Looks like we're going down that road again tonight against No. 2 Connecticut as the Bulls' upset hopes are alive in Alumni Arena.
UB and UConn are tied at 32-32 through 20 minutes after a first half in which UB led much of the way. UB guard Rodney Pierce has been the story of the half with 17 points as he made…
Quick tip-ins as we hit the final hour before tipoff of UB-UConn:
---Pretty funny sight to see four traveling beat writers (from papers in Hartford, New Haven, Manchester and Bridgeport) on hand at Wednesday's practice to interview Reggie Witherspoon. That's exactly four more visitors than are usually on hand.
---Stay close, stay close, stay close. It worked for UB again…
Akron's men's basketball team played both Canisius and Niagara in its non-conference schedule this year, pitting the MAC against the MAAC.
While the Zips went 2-0 in those games, coach Keith Dambrot handicapped both leagues after a 63-59 win at Niagara Wednesday.
"They're different leagues," Dambrot said. "Ours is a grind-it-out, tough man league where if …
If you were thinking of going to catch the St. Bonaventure-Niagara women's basketball game on Dec. 17, think again.
For the first time in Niagara women's hoops history, the game is an advance sellout.
It's one of two "kids' days" on the Purple Eagles schedule with tipoff set for 11 a.m.
--- Amy Moritz