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Domonic Cook's interception just before halftime set up a 25-yard A.J. Principe field goal to give UB a 24-7 halftime lead. Drew Willy is 10 of 14 for 97 yards and a TD in the first half. After missing a series, James Starks returned to the game and has 72 yards on 18 carries and one TD.---Rodney McKissic

UB scored on its opening drive, a 3-yard run by James Starks and tacked on another 3-yard TD run by Brandon Thermilus before the end of the quarter to take a 14-0 lead. The Bulls' defense turned away Ohio twice deep in UB territory, including a forced fumble by Justin Winters that was recovered in the end zone by Mike Thompson. Looks like Starks was injured after his fumbl…

Niagara returns enough talent to finish among the top half of the MAAC once again, while Canisius, who returns all five starters, is expected to make a big improvement from a year ago. Every is chasing Siena who has a team worthy of the Sweet 16. Here is the predicted order of finish: 1. Siena2. Fairfield3. Rider4. Niagara5. Loyola6. Manhattan7. Iona8. Canisius9. Saint Pe…

As expected, St. Bonaventure was picked to finish in the cellar in the Atlantic 10 as the media and coaches are convinced that Mark Schmidt's new recruits will translate into wins immediately. Here's my prediction: Bona will surprise and finish in the middle of the pack. Here's the predicted order of finish: 1. Xavier (44)2. Temple (12)3. Dayton (3)4. Saint Joseph’s5. Cha…

After recording a personal high 11 tackles and a huge forced fumble in Penn State's win last Saturday at Ohio State, former Amherst High star Mark Rubin was named the Big Ten's Defensive Player of the Week. The honor is the first for Rubin, a converted wide reciever, who becomes the seventh Nittany Lion to be recognized by the conference this season. ---Rodney McKissic

The crucial forced fumble by Penn State safety Mark Rubin, the former Amherst High School standout, in the Nittany Lions' 13-6 win over No. 10 Ohio State on Saturday is among the nominees for this week’s Pontiac Game Changing Performance. In addition, Rubin was selected the Walter Camp Football Foundation Defensive Player of the Week for his efforts vs. the Buckeyes. He m…

Junior tailback James Starks, who did not play against Army because of a turf toe injury, will likely play Tuesday at Ohio. "He's good to go unless something comes up in the next day or two,'' UB coach Turner Gill said today. "If he gets through (Sunday), he should be playing." Starks, the Bulls leading rusher, returned to practice on Thursday and look…

It's no joke. You can check out the story here how Ken Mink, a one-time entertainment and Sunday newspaper editor, is playing college basketball at Roane State Community College in Harriman, Tenn. Apparently, Mink had game back in 1956 when he balled at Lees Junior College in Jackson, Ky. He claimed he was good for 14 points a night until he kicked off the team for soapi…

The New York Times and Syracuse grad Pete Thamel, is reporting that the Orange have hired a search firm to help find a replacement for Greg Robinson. Syracuse athletic director Daryl Gross denies the report and calls it speculation. Robinson's dismissal is  inevitable. Syracuse, who has a bye this week, has is 8-34 in three-plus seasons under Robinson and Big East pr…

Junior tailback James Starks is probable with turf toe. Starks, the team’s leading rusher suffered the injury during the Western Michigan game two weeks ago and missed the Army game. Starks, who didn’t play at Missouri because of a sore hip, hasn’t practiced this week and Gill said he will be re-evaluated this weekend. Also probable is sophomore outside linebacker Rapha…

Bobby Gonzalez, a graduate of Buffalo State, is entering his third season at Seton Hall but Steve Politi of The Star-Ledger writes Gonzalez hasn't recruited nearly at the level you would expect from a coach who was supposed to bring strong ties to the NY/NJ basketball scene. ---Rodney McKissic

Syracuse was picked to finish eighth in the Big East this morning by the league's coaches. Here is the preseason coaches' poll: 1. Connecticut 2. Louisville 3. Pitt 4. Notre Dame 5. Villanova 6. Marquette 7. Georgetown 8. Syracuse 9. West Virginia 10. Providence 11. Cincinnati 12. Rutgers 13. Seton Hall 14. St. John’s 15. DePaul 16. USF Orange guard and former Niagara Fa…

Improved scheduling in the Mid-American Conference has been a mission for Rick Boyages the MAC's director of basketball operations. Using 2007-2008 rankings from RPIRatings.com, the Cleveland Plain-Dealer's Elton Alexander has established a good MAC schedule is comprised primarily by playing teams from the top 15 conferences, and by playing average to bad teams from very g…

Army’s Matthew Campbell missed a 51-yard field wide right in overtime to give UB a thrilling 27-24 victory over the Black Knights Saturday in front of 21,719, the fifth largest crowd in UB Stadium history. ---Rodney McKissic

It's overtime in back-to-back weeks for UB who got a key fumble recovery and a 15-yard TD pass from Drew Willy to Ernest Jackson to send the game into overtime. The Bulls lost in OT last week to Western Michigan. ---Rodney McKissic