2009 Buffalo Bulls football team
|2009 Buffalo Bulls football|
|Conference||Mid-American Conference East|
|2009 record||5–7 (3–5 MAC)|
|Head coach||Turner Gill|
|Offensive coordinator||Danny Barrett|
|Defensive coordinator||Fred Reed|
|Home stadium||University at Buffalo Stadium
|2009 Mid-American Conference football standings|
|#23 Central Michigan x†||8||–||0||12||–||2|
|Championship: Central Michigan 20, Ohio 10|
|† – Conference champion
x – Division champion/co-champions
y – Championship game participant
Rankings from AP Poll
- Naaman Roosevelt, Wide Receiver, 2008 First Team all-MAC.
- James Starks, Running back, 2008 First Team all-MAC.
- Davonte Shannon, Strong Safety, 2008 First Team all-MAC.
- Mike Newton, Free Safety, 2008 Second Team all-MAC.
- Justin Winters, Linebacker, 2008 Third Team all-MAC.
2008 was a year of milestones for the UB Bulls: first winning season since rejoining FBS (formerly Division IA), first outright division championship, first conference championship and first bowl game appearance (2009 International Bowl). It was a season of close wins and close losses with six games being decided on the last play or in overtime. UB won four of those games and lost two.
|Jevin Colbert||Defensive Back||6'1"||170||Arlington, TX|
|Alex Dennison||Quarterback||6'2"||210||Irwin, PA|
|Jibrille Fewell||Defensive Tackle||6'1"||270||Rock Hill, SC|
|Peter Gagliardi||Fullback||6'3"||235||Miami, FL|
|Jeffvon Gill||Running back||5'11"||195||Euclid, OH|
|Jimmy Gordon||Tight End||6'4"||250||Patchogue, NY|
|Matt Hornbuckle||Defensive Line||6'1"||270||Colleyville, TX|
|Jeremy Johnson||Offensive Line||6'5"||310||Springfield, OH|
|Bunduka Kargbo||Safety||6'1"||205||Albany, NY|
|Carlos Lammons||Cornerback||5'9"||185||Pahokee, FL|
|Fred Lee||Wide Receiver||6'1"||200||Chester, SC|
|Khalil Mack||Linebacker||6'3"||220||Fort Pierce, FL|
|Alex Neutz||Wide Receiver||6'3"||190||Grand Island, NY|
|Branden Oliver||Running back||5'8"||185||Miami, FL|
|Rick Perez||Center||6'2"||275||Miami, FL|
|Jake Reeder||Tight End||6'4"||250||State College, PA|
|Kenny Scott||Defensive Line||6'1"||300||Anderson, SC|
|Nick Sizemore||Fullback||6'2"||235||Lititz, PA|
|Albert Sparks||Defensive Tackle||6'3"||310||Irving, TX|
|Darius Willis||Linebacker||6'3"||240||Houston, TX|
|Pat Wilson||Offensive Line||6'5"||270||East Aurora, NY|
Schedule and results
2009 got off to a bad start for the Bulls as star running back James Starks injured the labrum in his left shoulder in a pre-season scrimmage. It was determined that he would need surgery and miss the whole year. Because he was redshirted his first year at UB, he will not be able to play again for the Bulls.
Buffalo's offense struggled to overcome the loss of Starks and the up-and-down play of new starting quarterback Zach Maynard while the defense continued to have a hard time stopping opposing teams and could not generate as many turnovers as they did in 2008. Buffalo was out of MAC championship contention midway through the season, but did finish with two straight wins on the road. After the season was over, Turner Gill accepted an offer to coach Kansas. Gill was replaced by Jeff Quinn. 
|September 5||9:00 PM||at UTEP*||Sun Bowl Stadium • El Paso, TX||CBS College Sports Network||W 23–17||35,213|
|September 12||12:00 PM||Pittsburgh*||University at Buffalo Stadium • Amherst, NY||ESPN Plus||L 27–54||21,870|
|September 19||7:30 PM||at Central Florida*||Bright House Networks Stadium • Orlando, FL||Bright House Sports Network||L 17–23||33,689|
|September 26||12:00 PM||at Temple||Lincoln Financial Field • Philadelphia, PA||ESPN Plus||L 13–37||13,949|
|October 3||3:30 PM||Central Michigan||University at Buffalo Stadium • Amherst, NY||Time Warner Cable SportsNet||L 13–20||18,092|
|October 10||3:30 PM||Gardner-Webb*||University at Buffalo Stadium • Amherst, NY||Time Warner Cable SportsNet||W 40–3||15,812|
|October 17||3:30 PM||Akron||University at Buffalo Stadium • Amherst, NY||Time Warner Cable SportsNet, Fox Sports Ohio||W 21–17||13,750|
|October 24||2:00 PM||at Western Michigan||Waldo Stadium • Kalamazoo, MI||L 31–34 OT||12,924|
|November 3||7:00 PM||Bowling Green||University at Buffalo Stadium • Amherst, NY||ESPN2||L 29–30||13,202|
|November 10||7:00 PM||Ohio||University at Buffalo Stadium • Amherst, NY||ESPN2||L 24–27||13,032|
|November 18||6:00 PM||at Miami University||Yager Stadium • Oxford, OH||ESPNU||W 42–17||7,983|
|November 27||2:00 PM||at Kent State||Dix Stadium • Kent, OH||W 9–6||15,131|
|*Non-conference game. Homecoming. All times are in EST.|
- "Bulls lose Starks to shoulder injury". ESPN.com. 2009-08-25. Retrieved 12 September 2009.
- "Sources: Gill to coach at Kansas". ESPN.com. 2009-12-12. Archived from the original on 14 December 2009. Retrieved 13 December 2009.
- "Cincinnati's Quinn is new UB football coach". Buffalo News. December 20, 2009. Archived from the original on 22 December 2009. Retrieved 2009-12-20.[dead link]
- "Buffalo vs UTEP". UTEP Athletics. 2009-09-05. Archived from the original on 2009-09-10. Retrieved 2009-09-08.
- "Pittsburgh Panthers vs. Buffalo Bulls Box Score". ESPN.com. Retrieved 2010-03-12.
- "Buffalo Bulls vs UCF Knights Box Score". ESPN.com. Retrieved 2010-03-12.
- "Buffalo Bulls vs. Temple Owls Box Score". ESPN.com. Retrieved 2010-03-12.
- "Central Michigan Chippewas vs. Buffalo Bulls Box Score". ESPN.com. Retrieved 2010-03-12.
- "Gardner–Webb Runnin' Bulldogs vs. Buffalo Bulls Box Score". ESPN.com. Retrieved 2010-03-12.
- "Akron Zips vs. Buffalo Bulls Box Score". ESPN.com. Retrieved 2010-03-12.
- "Buffalo Bulls vs. Western Michigan Broncos Box Score". ESPN.com. Retrieved 2010-03-12.
- "Bowling Green Falcons vs. Buffalo Bulls Box Score". ESPN.com. Retrieved 2010-03-12.
- "Ohio Bobcats vs. Buffalo Bulls Box Score". ESPN.com. Retrieved 2010-03-12.
- "Buffalo Bulls vs. Miami (OH) RedHawks Box Score". ESPN.com. Retrieved 2010-03-12.
- "Buffalo Bulls vs. Kent State Golden Flashes Box Score". ESPN.com. Retrieved 2010-03-12.