BUFFALO, NY (From BuffaloBulls.com) - The University at Buffalo football team held its annual spring game on Saturday afternoon at UB Stadium. The Blue team defeated the White team, 17-3, in cool, blustery conditions.
Joe Licata threw both of the Blue team's touchdown passes. The sophomore quarterback first found Alex Neutz on a perfectly timed back shoulder fade from five yards out for the first touchdown of the game. He later hit Matt Weiser in stride for a 42-yard score. Licata finished the day 9-of-16 for 96 yards and two touchdowns.
Licata split the first team reps with senior Alex Zordich. The Youngstown, OH native had a very productive afternoon, going 13-of-18 for 81 yards.
Branden Oliver gained 52 yards on the ground on 12 carries. Devin Campbell finished with 40 yards on eight carries, including a 21-yard scamper. Anthone Taylor capped off a very productive spring campaign, and showed that he has fully recovered from his knee injury suffered a year ago, by carrying the ball 20 times for 67 yards.
Campbell proved to be a dual-threat both running and catching the ball. He led all receivers with five catches for 23 yards. Redshirt-freshman tight end Mason Schreck had four catches for 29 yards. Weiser had three receptions for 71 yards and Neutz had three catches for 12 yards.
Defensively, Adam Redden led the team in tackles with eight, including one for a loss. Beau Bachtelle had seven tackles and a sack. Najja Johnson, Lee Skinner and Dalton Barksdale each had six tackles.
JUCO transfer Blake Bean had five tackles. As did redshirt-freshman Max Perisse. Khalil Mack had two tackles for loss and a forced fumble.
Patrick Clarke made two of his three field goal attempts on the day. Tyler Grassman averaged 41.4 yard per punt in very windy conditions.
"I think we have more guys providing leadership both on and off the field. I really like where we are with our senior class," head coach Jeff Quinn said of how spring practice went. "There is a lot more continuity and consistency. Everyone knows their role. They are being very responsible with how they go about their business. There is one thing in common all great teams and all great players have and that is that they are never satisfied. We are not satisfied at this point. We need to be out there ready to play."
The Bulls will return for preseason camp in August before kicking off the 2013 campaign in Columbus, OH on August 31 against Ohio State.