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Saturday, December 21, 2013

Back in Buffalo

Bulls at postgame press conference

From left: Najja Johnson, Joe Licata, head coach Jeff Quinn, Adam Redden and Branden Oliver answer questions during the postgame press conference.

Published December 22, 2013 at 9:12 AM

“We wouldn't be here today if we didn't have their leadership, their passion and intensity toward football and this great university that we represent.”
Jeff Quinn
Bulls head coach on his team's senior class

The Bulls are back in Buffalo.

The team left from Bronco Stadium moments after UB's 49-24 loss to San Diego State in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl. Buffalo's plane touched down at 5 a.m. exactly. Stampeded buses took the team back to UB North Campus.

In his postgame press conference, Bulls head coach Jeff Quinn spoke highly of his special senior class. "I'm proud of the senior class, what they represented," Quinn told reporters.

"They were the ones four years ago who stood in back and said, hey, we want to get to this point and get our program to where we are today.' We wouldn't be here today if we didn't have their leadership, their passion and intensity toward football and this great university that we represent."

Quinn also thanked the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl for providing the Bulls with such a great experience. "Their committee, their staff and everybody involved, the city of Boise, did an excellent job in the way they treated us. We appreciated that very much." 

Joe Licata passed for 196 yards and three touchdowns. He finished the season with 23 touchdown passes, one shy of the school record of 24 set by Drew Willy in 2008.

Senior Branden Oliver was named the Player of the Game for Buffalo after rushing for 114 yards. It was his 20 career 100-yard game-seven more than any other player in school history. He finished his outstanding career rushing for a school-record 4,049 yards. He is just the 13 player in Mid-American Conference history to rush for over 4,000 yards.

Defensively, the Bulls were led by Adam Redden, who had nine tackles, a sack and a forced fumble.

UB finishes the season 8-5. This was only the second bowl appearance in program history. Their first was in the International Bowl played in January 2009.