Sunday, September 20, 2009

Game Balls & Penalty Flags

Week 3 of UB's college season is in the books as is week 2 in the NFL.


* WR Naaman Roosevelt- He went to UB wanting to be a QB and finally got to throw a TD pass as he connected on a beautiful play call of a double reverse pass to TE Jesse Rack.

* TE Jesse Rack- Career highs 5 receptions for 76 yards and two scores.


* QB Trent Edwards, Buffalo- Finally went deep and it paid off. A 32 yard score to Lee Evans and a 43 yarder to T.O.

* New York Jets Defense- Held the once mighty New England offense without a touchdown today for the first time since 2006.

* LB Ray Lewis, Baltimore- Lewis stuffed San Diego's Darren Sproles on fourth-and-2 with the Chargers driving for the winning score. Big road win for Baltimore.

* RB Chris Johnson, Tennessee- Scored three times and finished the game with 284 yards from scrimmage. His 91-yard touchdown tied a Titans franchise record set by Sid Blanks in 1964.

PENALTY FLAGS- For the lapses in judgment by today's NFL players.

* QB Kerry Collins, Tennessee- Trailing by 3, Collins fumbled, giving the ball back to the Texans with 1:32 remaining thus allowing Houston to run out the clock.

* QB Tom Brady & the Pats offense- Brady said talk is cheap earlier this week when they were called out by NY's Kerry Rhodes. Apparently, talk is not so cheap Tom, Rhodes and company had you figured out.

* Green Bay Packers- You really followed up an impressive win over Chicago last week with a loss to the Bungles? The Packers recovered their onside kick with 45 seconds remaining in the game. Five plays later they were at the Bengals' 10-yard line with a first down. But time had expired by the time Green Bay got to the line of scrimmage.

Sunday, September 06, 2009

UB-UTEP Game Balls

UB had to make this one a nail-biter, but the Bulls pulled out a 23-17 win last night in El Paso to open the 2009 college football season. Each week, I will hand out game balls to outstanding performers from UB.

* QB Zach Maynard- He said after the game he was very anxious and jittery at the hotel leading up to the game. He did not show it at all. Maynard was solid in his debut as a starter going 12 of 19 for 159 yards and a touchdown. The 42-yard strike to Naaman Roosevelt was impressive that he sucked the defense in and let the ball go right as he was about to take a hit. That play turned out to be the game winner.

* DB Domonic Cook- Took the free kick after the safety 62 yards to the UTEP 25 setting up UB's second touchdown.He also had four tackles and a team high two pass break-ups.

* Offensive line- The stats will show that they gave up one sack but that was only because Maynard slipped and fell scrambling. Overall, they did a great job in pass protection and were solid on the run helping UB to 150 yards rushing.

Up next...Pitt at UB Stadium, noon on Saturday.