2009 Buffalo Bulls football team

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
For information on Buffalo Bulls sports, see Buffalo Bulls.
2009 Buffalo Bulls football
University at Buffalo Interlocking UB logo.svg
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
(Capacity: 29,013)
Seasons
« 2008 2010 »
2009 Mid-American Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
East
Ohio xy   7 1         9 5  
Temple x   7 1         9 4  
Bowling Green   6 2         7 6  
Kent State   4 4         5 7  
Buffalo   3 5         5 7  
Akron   2 6         3 9  
Miami   1 7         1 11  
West
#23 Central Michigan x   8 0         12 2  
Northern Illinois   5 3         7 6  
Western Michigan   4 4         5 7  
Toledo   3 5         5 7  
Ball State   2 6         2 10  
Eastern Michigan   0 8         0 12  
Championship: Central Michigan 20, Ohio 10
† – Conference champion
x – Division champion/co-champions
y – Championship game participant
Rankings from AP Poll

The 2009 Buffalo Bulls football team represented the University at Buffalo in the 2009 NCAA Division I FBS college football season.

Notable players[edit]

Previous season[edit]

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.

UB stunned observers when they decisively defeated Ball State 42-24 in the 2008 MAC Championship Game. They went on to lose the International Bowl to Connecticut 38-20.

Head coach Turner Gill signed a contract extension with the Bulls after being courted by Syracuse and Auburn.

Recruiting[edit]

Name Position Height Weight Hometown
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[edit]

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.[1] 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.[2] Gill was replaced by Jeff Quinn. [3]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 5 9:00 PM at UTEP* Sun Bowl StadiumEl Paso, TX CBS College Sports Network W 23–17   35,213[4]
September 12 12:00 PM Pittsburgh* University at Buffalo StadiumAmherst, NY ESPN Plus L 27–54   21,870[5]
September 19 7:30 PM at Central Florida* Bright House Networks StadiumOrlando, FL Bright House Sports Network L 17–23   33,689[6]
September 26 12:00 PM at Temple Lincoln Financial FieldPhiladelphia, PA ESPN Plus L 13–37   13,949[7]
October 3 3:30 PM Central Michigan University at Buffalo Stadium • Amherst, NY Time Warner Cable SportsNet L 13–20   18,092[8]
October 10 3:30 PM Gardner-Webb*dagger University at Buffalo Stadium • Amherst, NY Time Warner Cable SportsNet W 40–3   15,812[9]
October 17 3:30 PM Akron University at Buffalo Stadium • Amherst, NY Time Warner Cable SportsNet, Fox Sports Ohio W 21–17   13,750[10]
October 24 2:00 PM at Western Michigan Waldo StadiumKalamazoo, MI L 31–34 OT  12,924[11]
November 3 7:00 PM Bowling Green University at Buffalo Stadium • Amherst, NY ESPN2 L 29–30   13,202[12]
November 10 7:00 PM Ohio University at Buffalo Stadium • Amherst, NY ESPN2 L 24–27   13,032[13]
November 18 6:00 PM at Miami University Yager StadiumOxford, OH ESPNU W 42–17   7,983[14]
November 27 2:00 PM at Kent State Dix StadiumKent, OH W 9–6   15,131[15]
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. All times are in EST.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Bulls lose Starks to shoulder injury". ESPN.com. 2009-08-25. Retrieved 12 September 2009. 
  2. ^ "Sources: Gill to coach at Kansas". ESPN.com. 2009-12-12. Archived from the original on 14 December 2009. Retrieved 13 December 2009. 
  3. ^ "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]
  4. ^ "Buffalo vs UTEP". UTEP Athletics. 2009-09-05. Archived from the original on 2009-09-10. Retrieved 2009-09-08. 
  5. ^ "Pittsburgh Panthers vs. Buffalo Bulls Box Score". ESPN.com. Retrieved 2010-03-12. 
  6. ^ "Buffalo Bulls vs UCF Knights Box Score". ESPN.com. Retrieved 2010-03-12. 
  7. ^ "Buffalo Bulls vs. Temple Owls Box Score". ESPN.com. Retrieved 2010-03-12. 
  8. ^ "Central Michigan Chippewas vs. Buffalo Bulls Box Score". ESPN.com. Retrieved 2010-03-12. 
  9. ^ "Gardner–Webb Runnin' Bulldogs vs. Buffalo Bulls Box Score". ESPN.com. Retrieved 2010-03-12. 
  10. ^ "Akron Zips vs. Buffalo Bulls Box Score". ESPN.com. Retrieved 2010-03-12. 
  11. ^ "Buffalo Bulls vs. Western Michigan Broncos Box Score". ESPN.com. Retrieved 2010-03-12. 
  12. ^ "Bowling Green Falcons vs. Buffalo Bulls Box Score". ESPN.com. Retrieved 2010-03-12. 
  13. ^ "Ohio Bobcats vs. Buffalo Bulls Box Score". ESPN.com. Retrieved 2010-03-12. 
  14. ^ "Buffalo Bulls vs. Miami (OH) RedHawks Box Score". ESPN.com. Retrieved 2010-03-12. 
  15. ^ "Buffalo Bulls vs. Kent State Golden Flashes Box Score". ESPN.com. Retrieved 2010-03-12.