BUFFALO, NY – (UB Release) The University at Buffalo football team held its annual Blue White Scrimmage at UB Stadium on Saturday afternoon and there were a lot of positives on both sides of the ball.
In the opening half it was the offense that shined as the Bulls scored 44 first-half points. Junior quarterback Alex Zordich stood out with his play as he completed 8-of-11 passes in the first half for 152 yards and three touchdowns. For the game Zordich went 9-of-17 for 183 yards and three scores. He also had 5 rushes for 34 yards.
Local standout Joe Licata, playing in his first spring game, got off to a slow start before settling into a groove. The Williamsville South product engineered a perfect one-minute drive at the end of the half and connected with Alex Neutz from eight yards out as time expired. Licata finished the day going 7-of-13 for 99 yards a touchdown and an interception.
Fellow redshirt-freshman quarterback Tony Daniel may have been the surprise of the game. The Hiram, GA native went 19-of-25 for 177 yards and a touchdown. He also showed off his elusiveness as he scampered for 62 yards on nine carries.
Senior Jerry Davis also got time behind center and went 3-of-6 for 44 yards.
“I was very please, especially with the big guys up front,” head coach Jeff Quinn said. “Our offensive line did a tremendous job. You saw a lot of time for our quarterbacks to throw the ball. I thought all four quarterbacks did an outstanding job.”
Branden Oliver led the running backs with 77 yards on 16 carries. Brandon Murie carried the ball 14 times for 54 yards. Rashad Jean was the third running back to see action and had 24 yards on seven carries and scored the lone rushing touchdown of the game, a one-yard plunge into the endzone.
Twelve different receivers registered a catch on the afternoon, led by Neutz. The junior wideout looked fully healed from the wrist injury that sidelined him late last season. He finished with six catches for 112 yards and a pair of touchdowns.
Devon Hughes continued his solid spring with eight catches for 81 yards and a score.
Rudy Johnson added six catches and redshirt-freshman Ron Willoughby chipped in with five.
Redshirt-freshman Matt Weiser led the tight ends with four catches for 56 yards. However, it was Alex Dennison who stood out with a 22-yard catch and a 32-yard touchdown grab in heavy traffic.
The defense stepped up its play in the second half, not allowing the offense to score a touchdown.
The linebackers really played solidly, led by All-MAC selection Khalil Mack who finished with six tackles and a pair of sacks. Lee Skinner had eight tackles and Jake Stockman and Khari Brown each had seven tackles.
If there was a defensive MVP award given out it may have gone to Willie Moseley. The senior linebacker had eight tackles, four sacks and a fumble recovery.
Patrick Clarke made all four of his field goal attempts. The sophomore kicker was good from 36, 31, 24 and 26 yards.
“I think right now we have a really good feel of where our football team is,” Quinn said. “And I know where we need to go in order for us to be ready to play Georgia on September 1st.”
The Blue White Scrimmage wraps us spring practices. The Bulls will return to the field in August for fall camp.