Niagara Gazette


November 30, 2013

UB falls short in title game


Niagara Gazette — The Bulls led 7-3 at halftime and both teams were dominating on the defensive side of the ball. In the first half BG quarterback Matt Johnson was unimpressive, completing only 3 of 11 passes, two of which were almost intercepted. But after an interception early in the second half by the BG signal caller, he settled in and started to make big plays.

He finished with 230 yards passing, 72 yards on the grounds and a pair of touchdowns (one rushing, one passing). He sealed the game on a 62-yard hookup with BG wide receiver Shaun Joplin to set up the Falcons’ third touchdown of the day. Joplin caught six balls for 149 yards and a touchdown.

“It was a disappointing loss. Bowling Green is a good football team and they made more plays than us today,” Quinn said. “We’re certainly proud of our senior class — being able to secure eight wins. It’s to their credit, and it’s what I’ve expected from them since they stepped foot on this campus. We didn’t want to end the regular season like this, but I’m excited at the opportunity of potentially one more game. It’s just a disappointing loss.”

The Bulls are bowl eligible and are hoping to have a chance to play one more game, especially seniors Oliver, Grand Island’s Alex Neutz and potential first round NFL pick Khalil Mack.

Mack recorded 12 tackles on the day, including 2.5 for a loss to tie the all-time NCAA record. Neutz caught six passes for 66 yards in his last home game in a Bulls uniform.

Quinn said it’s an especially tough loss because the program, which has struggled since he arrived four years ago, finally started to build some momentum this season. The Bulls won eight games and put together a seven-game win streak for the first time in program history. 

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