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Bulls Dominate UMass in Season Finale

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Posted November 29th, 2014 7:32pm

 AMHERST, MA – The State University of New York, Buffalo football team ended the season in style with a dominant, 41-21, win over Massachusetts at McGuirk Stadium on Friday afternoon. The Bulls rolled up 548 yards of total offense, paced by Anthone Taylor's career-high 237 yards rushing and two touchdowns.
"It's a special win. I can't describe it. It means so much to me," interim head coach Alex Wood said. "It was fun to see our seniors go out as winners."
For the second straight week, the UB offense was nearly unstoppable. Coming off a 55-point performance against Akron, the 96 points in the last two games tied for fourth all-time in school history for back-to-back games and the most since 1959.
Quarterback Joe Licata was 20-of-27 for 255 yards and four touchdowns. He finished the season with 29 touchdown passes, a school record for a single season.
After a scoreless first quarter, the Bulls mounted an impressive 17-play, 99-yard drive that took over eight minutes off the clock. A fully-extended Devon Hughes laid out for a 28-yard touchdown pass from Licata for the game's first score. Licata found Jacob Martinez for a 31-yard touchdown late in the second quarter to give the Bulls a 13-0 lead at the half.
UB took its first possession of the second half and drove 71 yards on only six plays. Licata found Ron Willoughby over the middle from 22 yards out to give the Bulls a 20-0 lead with 10:30 left in the third quarter.
UMass scored its first touchdown of the game on its next possession to cut the lead to 20-7. However, Devin Campbell returned the ensuing kickoff 56 yards to the UMass 39 and, seven plays later, Hughes caught his second touchdown pass of the game (four yards) from Licata and the Bulls took a 27-7 lead.
Taylor scored on a three-yard run with 1:54 left in the third quarter to put the Bulls ahead, 34-7, and then put the exclamation point on the victory with a career-long 76-yard touchdown run with 3:19 left in the game.
It was Taylor's third 200-yard game of the season and the junior running back finished the season with 1,403 yards – the second-best single-season total in school history. He became the first running back in school history to have three 200-yard rushing games in a single season.
Lee Skinner had 10 tackles and two sacks in the final game of his career. He finished his standout career sixth in school history with 344 career tackles. Fellow seniors Adam Redden and Jake Stockman each finished with eight tackles.
The Bulls had eight pass breakups in the game. Cortney Lester had two in the game and finished his career one shy of the school record for career passes defended (38).
The Bulls finished the 2014 campaign with an overall record of 5-6 and a 3-4 conference mark.


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