AMHERST, NY- UB heads to Northern Illinois this weekend to take on the Huskies. The Bulls at 1 and 5 are looking for just their second win this season. Their only win coming against Army. Northern Illinois is also a one win team, they are 1-6 but their victory came over conference opponent Ball State.
UB is led by redshirt frehsman quarterback Tyree Jackson. He is responsible for 10 of the 11 touchdowns UB has scored this season. Jackson has thrown for 7 touchdowns and run for another three. Senior wide receiver Malcolm Robinson says Jackson is growing into his role as the team leader. "He's definitely stepping up in the huddle taking that leadership role as a quarterback and everything. As a senior receiver we try to help make his job a little bit easier and everything like that but just more comfortable. You can tell he's more comfortable just voicing more in the huddle making sure everybody's doing their job."
Statistically UB is the best defensive team in the MAC against the pass, and the worst team in the league against the run. The Bulls allow the opponents to rush for just over 285 yards per game. That must improve dramatically for the Bulls to improve their won loss record. Head coach Lance Leipold is all too aware that the Bulls must improve dramatically against the run. "You can go a few weeks back and talk about an Army attack and you look at the rushing numbers and you can kind of stomach those a little bit. Now the ones of late that's not acceptable. Its not what we thought we could be."
Kickoff is scheduled for 3:30 Saturday afternoon.