UB falls to Liberty for second straight loss

September 14, 2019 - 10:06 pm

The University at Buffalo football team suffered a tough defeat on Friday night in Lynchburg, Virginia, falling to Liberty 35-17 and falling to 1-2 on the season.

The Flames opened the game with a five-play touchdown drive that covered 75 yards in just 1:17 and never really looked back. The Bulls rushing attack managed to find a good rhythm in the first quarter but couldn't capitalize on the scoreboard.

Dylan McDuffie caught a 13-yard touchdown pass from Matt Myers on the first play of the second quarter to tie the game 7-7, but that was as close as the Bulls would come to getting a lead. Liberty responded on the following drive and went up 14-7 thanks to a 33-yard catch-and-run touchdown from Kevin Shaa. The Flames would add on two more scores before halftime and led 28-7 at the midway point. The Bulls had their chances to cut the deficit down a bit, but kicker Alex McNulty missed his second of two field goal attempts in the first 30 minutes with 30 seconds left in the first half.

McNulty did manage to hit a 45-yard field goal late in the third quarter and get the Bulls within three scores, but Liberty managed to keep the Bulls at bay and fend-off any major comeback. The dagger came with 15 seconds left in the third quarter when Liberty quarterback Stephen "Buckshot" Calvert hooked up with Antonio Gandy-Golden for a 55-yard score, putting the Flames up 35-10 going into the final frame. Gandy-Golden was an absolute thorn the Bulls secondary's side. The 6-foot-4 senior receiver, who may have a future in the NFL, finished the game with eight catches for a total of 174 yards and two touchdowns. Calvert also had a solid night throwing the ball, completing 23 of 30 passes for 325 yards and four touchdowns. The senior also finished with zero turnovers.

Myers did find Cole Burniston for a touchdown late in the fourth quarter when the game was pretty much out of reach for the Bulls. UB's red shirt freshman quarterback did throw for two touchdowns, which can be seen as a positive, but completed just 15 of 33 passes for only 167 yards. In somewhat of a homecoming for Virginia native Kevin Marks, the Bulls sophomore running back logged a game-high 108 yards on the ground on 18 carries. Jaret Patterson, the other half of Buffalo's running back duo, finished with 69 yards on 17 carries.

The Bulls will now look to snap a two-game losing streak when they return to UB Stadium next Saturday for a matchup with the Temple Owls. Buffalo defeated Temple in thrilling fashion last season in Philadelphia thanks to a last-minute touchdown from Anthony Johnson, who is now a member for the Los Angeles Chargers practice squad. It's safe to say the Owls will be looking for revenge this time around, and they'll be coming in with a lot of momentum as they defeated No. 21 Maryland on Saturday afternoon 20-17.

Opening kickoff for the game against Temple is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. and can be heard on the radio home of the UB Bulls, ESPN 1520.

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