2009 Buffalo Bulls Football Team
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2009 Buffalo Bulls Football Team
2009 Buffalo Bulls football
Buffalo Bulls logo.svg
ConferenceMid-American Conference
DivisionEast
2009 record5-7 (3-5 MAC)
Head coach
Offensive coordinatorDanny Barrett
Defensive coordinatorFred Reed
Home stadiumUniversity at Buffalo Stadium
(Capacity: 29,013)
Seasons
← 2008
2010 →
2009 Mid-American Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team   W   L     W   L  
East Division
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 Division
No. 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

Previous season

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

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

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]

DateTimeOpponentSiteTVResultAttendance
September 59:00 pmat UTEP*CBS College Sports NetworkW 23-1735,213[4]
September 1212:00 pmPittsburgh*ESPN PlusL 27-5421,870[5]
September 197:30 pmat UCF*Bright House Sports NetworkL 17-2333,689[6]
September 2612:00 pmat TempleESPN PlusL 13-3713,949[7]
October 33:30 pmCentral Michigan
  • University at Buffalo Stadium
  • Amherst, NY
Time Warner Cable SportsNetL 13-2018,092[8]
October 103:30 pmGardner-Webb*dagger
  • University at Buffalo Stadium
  • Amherst, NY
Time Warner Cable SportsNetW 40-315,812[9]
October 173:30 pmAkron
  • University at Buffalo Stadium
  • Amherst, NY
Time Warner Cable SportsNet, Fox Sports OhioW 21-1713,750[10]
October 242:00 pmat Western MichiganL 31-34 OT12,924[11]
November 37:00 pmBowling Green
  • University at Buffalo Stadium
  • Amherst, NY
ESPN2L 29-3013,202[12]
November 107:00 pmOhio
  • University at Buffalo Stadium
  • Amherst, NY
ESPN2L 24-2713,032[13]
November 186:00 pmat Miami (OH)ESPNUW 42-177,983[14]
November 272:00 pmat Kent StateW 9-615,131[15]
  • *Non-conference game
  • daggerHomecoming
  • All times are in EST time

References

  1. ^ "Bulls lose Starks to shoulder injury". ESPN.com. 2009-08-25. Retrieved 2009.
  2. ^ "Sources: Gill to coach at Kansas". ESPN.com. 2009-12-12. Archived from the original on 14 December 2009. Retrieved 2009.
  3. ^ "Cincinnati's Quinn is new UB football coach". Buffalo News. December 20, 2009. Archived from the original on December 22, 2009. Retrieved .
  4. ^ "Buffalo vs UTEP". UTEP Athletics. 2009-09-05. Archived from the original on 2009-09-11. Retrieved .
  5. ^ "Pittsburgh Panthers vs. Buffalo Bulls Box Score". ESPN.com. Retrieved .
  6. ^ "Buffalo Bulls vs UCF Knights Box Score". ESPN.com. Retrieved .
  7. ^ "Buffalo Bulls vs. Temple Owls Box Score". ESPN.com. Retrieved .
  8. ^ "Central Michigan Chippewas vs. Buffalo Bulls Box Score". ESPN.com. Retrieved .
  9. ^ "Gardner-Webb Runnin' Bulldogs vs. Buffalo Bulls Box Score". ESPN.com. Retrieved .
  10. ^ "Akron Zips vs. Buffalo Bulls Box Score". ESPN.com. Retrieved .
  11. ^ "Buffalo Bulls vs. Western Michigan Broncos Box Score". ESPN.com. Retrieved .
  12. ^ "Bowling Green Falcons vs. Buffalo Bulls Box Score". ESPN.com. Retrieved .
  13. ^ "Ohio Bobcats vs. Buffalo Bulls Box Score". ESPN.com. Retrieved .
  14. ^ "Buffalo Bulls vs. Miami (OH) RedHawks Box Score". ESPN.com. Retrieved .
  15. ^ "Buffalo Bulls vs. Kent State Golden Flashes Box Score". ESPN.com. Retrieved .



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