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Bulls look to bludgeon Bobcats

MATTHEW PARRINO Senior Sports Editor

It would make sense that the football team’s first game after Halloween will be against a team led by Boo Jackson. It would also stand to reason considering how scary their offense has been at times this season. The Bulls (2-6, 1-3 Mid-American Conference) took a giant step forward last week, albeit in a 21-9 loss to Miami (Ohio) (5-4, 4-1 MAC). The offense protected the ball for the most part and even had a few promising drives under the direction of freshman quarterback Alex Zordich. The development of Zordich is something that Bulls’ fans have to look forward to in a down season. “The past few weeks have been nice,” Zordich said. “I’m [slowly] getting a feel for the game and as each week goes by it slows down even more.” In three appearances (two starts) this season, Zordich has completed 47 percent of his passes (a point improvement from sophomore quarterback Jerry Davis) for 327 yards. Although Zordich has yet to throw a touchdown pass, Bulls head coach Jeff Quinn thinks he is on the verge of really grasping the offense. “He didn’t feel comfortable throwing the ball and creating a turnover [against Miami],” Quinn said. “That’s a sign of maturity and he’s getting more comfortable with the offense. He’s in [the film room] late at night watching film…[We need

2010 Record: 6-3 (4-1 Mid-American


2009 Record: 9-5 (7-1 MAC) Last Meeting:

Nov. 10, 2009 Ohio 27, Buffalo 24 All-Time Series:

Ohio leads Buffalo, 10-7 THREE BOBCATS TO WATCH: QB Boo Jackson- The dual-threat

quarterback has done everything for the Bobcats this season. He is tied for second in the conference with 12 touchdown passes, leads Ohio with six rushing touchdowns, and has even hauled in a 42-yard reception. If Buffalo wants to win on Saturday, it will have to start by containing Jackson. Alex McCrossen /The Spectrum

Freshman running back Branden Oliver and the running game need to play a big role on Thursday night to take pressure off of freshman quarterback Alex Zordich.

Alex] to bring others along.” As far as this week goes, the Bulls have a very difficult task on their hands - slowing down the Ohio offense. The Bobcats offensive attack is unlike any other in the MAC. The duel threat of Jackson and junior

quarterback Phil Bates presents another difficult challenge for the second-best pass defense in the MAC. Quinn has been impressed with the play of the Bobcat quarterbacks this season and thinks Ohio is very well coached.

Bulls Strong at Cornell

Old Ball Game

The Bulls could not catch a break these past few months due to injuries and nationally ranked competition. Last weekend, the men’s tennis team looked to end this difficult fall season on a high note. The Bulls competed in the Cornell Invitational at the Reis Tennis Center, where they went against Navy, Duquesne and Fairleigh Dickinson. Despite strong performances, Buffalo found out that it must improve to achieve its goals for the season. Junior Wojciech Starakiewicz posted a marquee performance over the weekend. With his flawless play on Sunday, Starakiewicz won the A-1 singles title. “I think he is at a level [higher] than… last year,” said head coach Lee Nickell. “In the last three weeks, he made steps that improved the way he competes, and we’re seeing him play his best tennis right now.” • see MTENNIS | page 10

graduate student Christine Sprehe, whose time of 22:40.2 put her in 45th out of 105 runners in the women’s 6k. Sophomore Sam Beim was the Bulls’ second finisher with a time of 22:49.4. Sophomore Katie Sanders didn’t race up to personal expectations, but it was due to outside factors. “Sanders had a really tough race,” Mitchell said. “She was pretty sick, so I felt bad that she could not perform on the level that she wanted.” The team is now focusing on recovery. The Bulls will have some time off, as their next race will be at the NCAA Northeast Regional Championships in Madison, Conn. on Nov. 13.

I just turned on my computer this morning to find out that the Giants won the World Series. And… I don’t care. Unfortunately for Major League Baseball, neither does anyone else outside of San Francisco and Arlington/Dallas. For me, baseball season has been over since July because I’m a Mets fan. But I would have watched the World Series if the Yankees or Phillies were playing. Shoot, even the Rays. As a sport, baseball has been struggling to maintain a solid fan base in recent years. The game is slow; it’s not as exciting as basketball, nor is it as violent as football. Where’s the draw? There isn’t one. So when the only teams that bring in viewership, like the Red Sox or Cubs, aren’t playing, nobody is interested. For the most part, baseball franchises have regional fan bases. You can count on a single hand how many teams have fans outside of their home city. So when you have two teams with small fan bases - like the Rangers and Giants - playing on the game’s biggest stage, the game is only hurting itself. Personally, I can watch any NBA playoff game regardless of the teams. I will watch any NFL game, even if the Bills are playing. But baseball just doesn’t do enough for me if it’s not a relevant team playing. Baseball needs to fix this problem immediately, or the game I grew up


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The men’s tennis team traveled to compete in the Cornell Invitational this weekend.

Bulls Run for a Championship The cross count r y tea m impressed this weekend at the Mid-American Conference Championships on Saturday. The Bulls traveled to Kalamazoo, Mich. to compete against the best that the MAC has to offer. The men placed sixth out of nine teams and the women finished 11 out of 12 MAC squads. Both the men’s and women’s teams impressed their coach with their performance this weekend. “Overall, I was very pleased with how the men and women ran,” said head coach Vicki Mitchell. “I thought that the women exceeded what my expectations were in most cases…and all of the guys really ran

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“It’s going to be a tremendous challenge for us, going into [Ohio],” Quinn said. “I told the team yesterday that we simply need to find a way to win.” Jackson has thrown for 1,302




Scouting Ohio

the best race of the season.” The men were led by senior Ryan Bloom, who finished 13th in the field of 75 in the men’s 8k with an overall time of 25:09.4. His performance earned him All-MAC second team honors. This marks the third consecutive year that the Bulls have had a runner receive all-league honors. “Bloom had a phenomenal race,” Mitchell said. “[Making all-conference] is something that he has worked really hard for; it was a very special achievement for him, especially as a senior.” The rest of the men’s squad also turned in excellent performances. Junior John Inzina missed an allleague second honors by two seconds with a time of 25:15.7. The women’s team was paced by

WR Terrance McCrae- The 6-foot-4

senior receiver is a big-time redzone target for the Bobcats. He leads the MAC with seven touchdown receptions this season. The Bulls will have to keep an eye on McCrae around the goal line. S Donvan Fletcher- The senior cap-

tain leads Ohio and is second in the MAC with his five interceptions on the season. Freshman quarterback Alex Zordich will have to think twice before throwing in the direction of this ballhawking safety. THE BULLS WILL WIN IF…

The offensive line can step up and give Zordich enough time to find his playmakers. The offense has to play flawless and make no mistakes, while the defense will need to contain Jackson and the Bobcat offense. It will be nearly impossible to stop him, but limiting his production will go a long way for the Bulls. THE BOBCATS WILL WIN IF…

They can score in the 20s. The Bulls offense has struggled all season and with a freshman quarterback on the road, mistakes are bound to happen. Ohio will need to put pressure on Zordich and force him to make quick decisions. PREDICTIONS:

The Bulls offense showed signs of life in the second half last week against Miami (Ohio), but they will need to be good from the beginning in this one. They’ve got into the habit of falling behind early in games. If the Bulls want any chance on Thursday night, they will need to put points on the board early. Unfortunately, they haven’t shown the ability to do this. Look for Ohio to jump out early behind their star quarterback Jackson and stop the Bulls offense from keeping it competitive. Bobcats 35 | Bulls 10 Chris Rahn | Sports Editor

The Ohio Bobcats are competing for a MAC East crown this season. Led by a stout defense, the Bobcats will undoubtedly provide problems for Alex Zordich and the Buffalo offense. Buffalo needs a fast start at Peden Stadium on Thursday. I don’t think it will happen, and Buffalo will end up with its fourth-straight loss before a stretch of three winnable games. Bobcats 38 | Bulls 13 David Sanchirico | Senior Managing Editor

The Spectrum, Volume 60, Issue 28  
The Spectrum, Volume 60, Issue 28  

The Spectrum, an independent student publication of the university at buffalo. November 3, 2010