AMHERST, N.Y. (WKBW) — Following a 45-13 loss to then no. 15 Penn State, the UB football team walked away with a handful of positives.
"I was extremely pleased with how we handled Saturday night as a whole," UB head coach Lance Leipold. "In the third quarter things got away from us. But I still thought we did a lot of things in that game, even up to the end, that showed the team is headed in the right direction."
The Bulls led the Nittany Lions 10-7 at the half before ultimately being outscored in the second half for their first loss of the season. The Bulls have put that loss behind them and now look ahead to Liberty on Saturday, a team that despite their 0-2 start to the season, provide the Bulls another challenge.
"We've tried to tell our players, don't get caught up looking at stats right now because it's an explosive enough unit, explosive enough offensive scheme that they're ready to break loose," Leipold said. "We need to make sure it's not this week."
UB passed a lot more in the second game and that may be the case come Saturday. QB Matt Myers attempted 31 passes against Penn State, 21 more attempts than he had against Robert Morris, and is ready for whatever plays are called this weekend.
"It felt good that they have the trust in me to make plays and I have the confidence in myself and my receivers and the whole team," Myers said about his increased amount of passing against Penn State. "Whether if the coaches throw one pass or 50 passes, if that's the game plan, I'm going to do whatever it takes to win."
"I can't tell you how many texts or comments people sent to me while watching that game, people in the profession, that were extremely impressed by the composure, let alone the ability of Matt Myers," Leipold said. "Now he has to keep making strides and doing those things. You look at his jersey and there were grass stains on both sides of the jersey. He took some shots, kept battling, kept making throws, he threw the ball well downfield, got it to some different people, all those things. Very, very proud of him."
UB and Liberty are set to face off Saturday at 6 p.m.