Don’t turn the ball over.
For the UB football team, that’s been easier said than done — especially for Zach Maynard.
Following two strong starts, the sophomore quarterback has fallen back to earth. Hard.
In today’s 37-13 loss to conference foe Temple, Maynard committed five turnovers, throwing four interceptions and losing a fumble. Three of those picks were in the red zone and one was returned for a touchdown.
It was an ugly day all around for the Bulls. The offense couldn’t get anything going, the defense struggled against the run (like they have the past two seasons) and the special teams were especially terrible (the Owls even scored on a kick return).
It doesn’t help that senior center Matt Bacoulis was taken out of the game with an ankle injury on the first play of the game or that junior running back Brandon Thermilus was reportedly battling the flu. Excuses aside, it’s not how the Bulls wanted to open up Mid-American Conference play.
To Temple’s credit, they walked right through the door UB left wide open for them and dominated in all aspects of the game. If their defense can continue to play like they did against the Bulls today for the rest of the season, the rest of the MAC had better look out.
The Bulls used to be the ones who would benefit from turnovers. This season, UB has not only given the ball away at an alarming rate, but the defense is giving up points on the ensuing possession on a consistent basis.
Central Michigan comes to town next weekend and the Bulls will need to make a lot of corrections if they want another crack at the MAC title.