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.