Niagara Gazette — AMHERST — Maybe there is hope for this team after all.
After six straight losses dashed all hopes of a winning season, the only thing the University at Buffalo football team could accomplish was running the table with four straight wins.
Now, the Bulls are halfway there.
In a back-and-forth game, the Bulls jumped out to an early lead, recovered from a Western Michigan onslaught, then scored the winning touchdown early in the fourth quarter for a 29-24 victory over the Broncos on Saturday at UB Stadium.
The 11,012 who witnessed the game saw the Bulls improve to 3-7 after their second straight triumph, the first time they have won consecutive games since the end of the 2009 season. Now, UB can actually finish with a respectable 5-7 record after starting with one win its first eight games.
“I was very proud to congratulate our team,” UB head coach Jeff Quinn said . “To be able to go out against a talented team in Western Michigan and secure that win. ... It matters to our players that they went out there and secured this win.”
UB had it share of heroes in the one. Quarterback Joe Licata, making only his second career start, completed 21 of 33 passes for 285 yards and the game-winning touchdown. The recipient of that winning pass was Grand Island’s Alex Neutz, who caught nine passes for 140 yards. Cornerback Cortney Lester had three interceptions.
After blowing a big lead, the Bulls trailed 24-23 early in the fourth quarter. UB drove 77 yards in six plays and took the 29-24 lead when Licata hit a wide open Neutz for 30 yards in the corner of the end zone.
“They were sitting on the outside routes pretty well,” Neutz said. “I saw the DB (defensive back) bail off a little bit and knew we had a good shot at it, and Joe threw a perfect ball. It was almost too easy.”