Offense Edges Defense in Blue White Scrimmage
BUFFFALO, NY - The University at Buffalo football team held its annual Blue White Scrimmage in front of an enthusiastic crowd at UB Stadium on Saturday afternoon. Using a scoring system that awarded points to both the offense and the defense, the offense edged the defense, 49-41.
Jerry Davis and Alex Dennison split time behind center and both had productive afternoons. Dennison went 19-for-29 for 210 yards, two touchdowns and an interception. Davis was 12-for-20 for 113 yards.
Redshirt freshman Alex Nuetz was a favorite target of the day with seven receptions for 106 yards and a touchdown. The Grand Island, NY native pulled in a 49-yard pass along the sideline from Dennison and raced into the endzone.
Marcus Rivers had five catches for 59 yards and Saron Hood added four receptions for 37 yards. Terrell Jackson had three catches for 30 yards and caught an 11-yard slant from Dennison for a touchdown.
Brandon Thermilus and Jeffvon Gill split most of the carries. Thermilus had 12 carries for 25 yards and Gill had 43 yards on 13 carries. Ike Nduka had just three carries, but rushed for 27 yards.
The defense provided one of the highlights of the day when Anel Montanez jarred the ball loose and it was scooped up by Mark Richardson who scampered 66 yards for a touchdown.
Three-time first-team All-MAC selection Davonte Shannon was in midseason form as he had four solo tackles, an interception and a pair of pass breakups.
Steven Means had four tackles, including a tackle for loss. John Sanders had five tackles and a forced fumble, Imani Chatman had five tackles and a sack. Jaleel Verser had four tackles and a sack. Montanez had three tackles, a tackle for loss, a pass breakup and a forced fumble. Khalil Mack had four tackles, a tackle for loss and a quarterback hurry.
John Rachuna provided the special teams highlight of the day when he drilled a 51-yard field goal. A.J. Principe tried to outdo Rachuna, but his 52-yard attempt hit the crossbar and fell just short.
Head coach Jeff Quinn was pleased with his team's effort at his first spring game.
"I felt that there was a lot of energy and there was a high level of tenacity and physicality," Quinn said. "We asked our kids to play fast, play strong, play physical. I really felt our kids were locked in, their preparation has been solid. The way they went out there today really demonstrated to me that they're on board and they're moving in the right direction."
The game concluded the spring practice session. The Bulls will reconvene in August when preseason camp begins.