16 Joe Licata
16 Joe Licata
Height: 6-2
Weight: 210
Year: Sr.
Hometown: Williamsville, NY
High School: Williamsville South
Position: QB
gp 12
yds 2969
td 16
yds/g 247.4

Hoof Prints: The most decorated high school quarterback in WNY history, setting the all-time record with 87 career touchdown passes, including 36 in his junior season... honored by the Touchdown Club of Columbus as a MAC Player to Watch in 2014... already holds the school record for career touchdown passes with 60... chose Buffalo for the coaching staff and a chance to play in front of his family and friends...major is history.

Junior (2014): Started all 11 games at quarterback… went 224-for-345 for 2,647 yards and 29 touchdowns on the season… his 29 touchdowns led the Mid-American Conference and was a single-season school record… he also broke the school record for career touchdown passes with 60… was the only quarterback in the MAC to throw a touchdown pass in every game of the season… had three or more touchdown passes in five games… went 25-of-36 for 298 yards and three touchdowns against Duquesne (8/30)… was 35-of-50 for 401 yards and a career-best five touchdowns at Army… his 401 passing yards against Army (9/6) was the ninth-best single-game total in school history and the third-highest in UB’s FBS era… his five touchdowns tied for second in school history… threw for 229 yards and three touchdowns against Norfolk State (9/20), including a 92-yard touchdown to Devon Hughes – the longest touchdown pass in school history… went 28-for-38 and two touchdowns against Miami (OH) (9/27)… threw for 383 yards and three touchdowns at Eastern Michigan (10/11)… went 16-of-21 for 193 yards and four touchdowns against Akron (11/11)… went 20-for-27 for 255 yards and four touchdowns at Massachusetts (11/28).

Sophomore (2013): Took over the reigns at quarterback and grew into a team leader, starting all 13 games… recorded career highs in all passing categories, finishing with 2,824 yards and 24 touchdowns passes while completing 58 percent of his passes… his 24 touchdown passes were one shy of the school record for a single season... had the best game of his career against Toledo (11/12) as he completed 36-of-58 passes for 497 yards and four touchdowns, setting the school record for attempts, completions and yards in a game… totaled 214 passing yards while completing 62.5 percent of passes and one touchdown against Baylor (9/7) including a season long 62-yard completion to Alex Neutz… threw for 285 yards and two touchdowns in the win over Kent State (10/26)… threw three touchdown passes against San Diego State in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl... recorded two or more touchdown passes in seven games and 200 plus passing yards in five contests… completed over 60 percent of his passes in six games… named MAC East Offensive Player of the Week for the week of November 18.

Redshirt-Freshman (2012): Came into the season as the team’s backup, but earned the final four starts of the season and led the team to a 3-1 record in those games... played in nine games total... threw for 1,045 yards and seven touchdowns for the season... his first career pass attempt was about as good as it gets, finding Alex Neutz for a 28-yard touchdown against Morgan State (9/8)... completed 13 passes for 154 yards and two touchdowns in his first career start, a win over Miami (OH) (11/3)... had a sterling performance in a win over Western Michigan, completing 64 percent of his passes (21-33) for 285 yards and a touchdown (11/10)... threw for two touchdowns and 226 yards in a win over Massachusetts (11/17).

Freshman (2011): Redshirted in his first season at Buffalo.

High School: As a senior, he completed 64% of his passes (176-of-276) for 2,573 yards and 34 touchdowns and won the Connolly Cup, emblematic of WNY’s top player…Buffalo News Player of the Year and Class A New York State Player of Year…also selected to the 2010 WNY all-academic team and earned the Ron Jaworski Award as well…set school records for passing yards in a game (492), season (2,573) and career (6,671)…a two-time captain who led his team to a sectional title and a 16-3 record over his final two seasons for coach Kraig Kurzanski…ESPN Recruiting lists him among the top 80 quarterback prospects in the nation…as a shooting guard on the Billies basketball team, Licata also broke the New York state record for three-pointers in a career (with over 300)….has volunteered his time to work with special needs children.

Recent Games
Oct 24 Ohio W, 41-17
Oct 29 at Miami (OH) W, 29-24
Nov 5 at Kent State W, 18-17
Nov 11 Northern Illinois L, 41-30
Nov 21 at Akron L, 42-21
Nov 27 Massachusetts L, 31-26
Statistics category Overall Conf
Completions 280 198
Attempts 449 322
Completion % 62.4% 61.5%
Yards 2969 2075
Yards per game 247.4 259.4
Yards per attempt 6.6 6.4
Touchdowns 16 10
Interceptions 15 11
Sacks 16 7
Yards lost 120 53
Pass Efficiency 123.0 119.0
Date Opponent Score comp att pct yds y/a td int sac yds
Sep 5 Albany W, 51-14 20 26 76.9% 246 9.5 2 0 0 0
Sep 12 at Penn State L, 27-14 24 35 68.6% 205 5.9 2 1 6 47
Sep 19 at Florida Atlantic W, 33-15 10 20 50.0% 105 5.3 0 1 1 6
Sep 26 Nevada L, 24-21 28 46 60.9% 338 7.3 2 2 2 14
Oct 3 Bowling Green L, 28-22 35 59 59.3% 348 5.9 1 1 1 6
Oct 17 at Central Michigan L, 51-14 13 25 52.0% 133 5.3 1 1 1 8
Oct 24 Ohio W, 41-17 21 32 65.6% 212 6.6 0 0 0 0
Oct 29 at Miami (OH) W, 29-24 22 29 75.9% 289 10.0 2 1 1 4
Nov 5 at Kent State W, 18-17 25 39 64.1% 190 4.9 2 1 2 16
Nov 11 Northern Illinois L, 41-30 31 47 66.0% 354 7.5 2 3 2 19
Nov 21 at Akron L, 42-21 32 51 62.7% 262 5.1 1 2 0 0
Nov 27 Massachusetts L, 31-26 19 40 47.5% 287 7.2 1 2 0 0
Date Opponent Score rush yds y/a lng td fum lost
Sep 5 Albany W, 51-14 2 9 4.5 9 0 - -
Sep 12 at Penn State L, 27-14 6 -47 -7.8 0 0 2 0
Sep 19 at Florida Atlantic W, 33-15 1 -6 -6.0 0 0 - -
Sep 26 Nevada L, 24-21 4 -7 -1.8 5 0 - -
Oct 3 Bowling Green L, 28-22 5 14 2.8 11 0 - -
Oct 17 at Central Michigan L, 51-14 2 -3 -1.5 5 0 - -
Oct 24 Ohio W, 41-17 2 11 5.5 10 1 - -
Oct 29 at Miami (OH) W, 29-24 1 -4 -4.0 0 0 - -
Nov 5 at Kent State W, 18-17 5 -8 -1.6 3 0 - -
Nov 11 Northern Illinois L, 41-30 3 -18 -6.0 1 0 - -
Nov 21 at Akron L, 42-21 - - - - - - -
Nov 27 Massachusetts L, 31-26 2 -1 -0.5 0 0 - -
Date Opponent Score rec yds y/r lng td fum lost
Sep 5 Albany W, 51-14 - - - - - - -
Sep 12 at Penn State L, 27-14 - - - - - 2 0
Sep 19 at Florida Atlantic W, 33-15 - - - - - - -
Sep 26 Nevada L, 24-21 - - - - - - -
Oct 3 Bowling Green L, 28-22 - - - - - - -
Oct 17 at Central Michigan L, 51-14 - - - - - - -
Oct 24 Ohio W, 41-17 - - - - - - -
Oct 29 at Miami (OH) W, 29-24 - - - - - - -
Nov 5 at Kent State W, 18-17 - - - - - - -
Nov 11 Northern Illinois L, 41-30 - - - - - - -
Nov 21 at Akron L, 42-21 - - - - - - -
Nov 27 Massachusetts L, 31-26 - - - - - - -
Date Opponent Score fgm fga lng xpm xpa pts
Sep 5 Albany W, 51-14 - - - - - 0
Sep 12 at Penn State L, 27-14 - - - - - 0
Sep 19 at Florida Atlantic W, 33-15 - - - - - 0
Sep 26 Nevada L, 24-21 - - - - - 0
Oct 3 Bowling Green L, 28-22 - - - - - 0
Oct 17 at Central Michigan L, 51-14 - - - - - 0
Oct 24 Ohio W, 41-17 - - - - - 0
Oct 29 at Miami (OH) W, 29-24 - - - - - 0
Nov 5 at Kent State W, 18-17 - - - - - 0
Nov 11 Northern Illinois L, 41-30 - - - - - 0
Nov 21 at Akron L, 42-21 - - - - - 0
Nov 27 Massachusetts L, 31-26 - - - - - 0
Date Opponent Score punt yds avg long in20 fc tb blk
Sep 5 Albany W, 51-14 - - - - - - - -
Sep 12 at Penn State L, 27-14 - - - - - - - -
Sep 19 at Florida Atlantic W, 33-15 - - - - - - - -
Sep 26 Nevada L, 24-21 - - - - - - - -
Oct 3 Bowling Green L, 28-22 - - - - - - - -
Oct 17 at Central Michigan L, 51-14 - - - - - - - -
Oct 24 Ohio W, 41-17 - - - - - - - -
Oct 29 at Miami (OH) W, 29-24 - - - - - - - -
Nov 5 at Kent State W, 18-17 - - - - - - - -
Nov 11 Northern Illinois L, 41-30 - - - - - - - -
Nov 21 at Akron L, 42-21 - - - - - - - -
Nov 27 Massachusetts L, 31-26 - - - - - - - -
Date Opponent Score kr yds avg lng td pr yds avg lng td
Sep 5 Albany W, 51-14 - - - - - - - - - -
Sep 12 at Penn State L, 27-14 - - - - - - - - - -
Sep 19 at Florida Atlantic W, 33-15 - - - - - - - - - -
Sep 26 Nevada L, 24-21 - - - - - - - - - -
Oct 3 Bowling Green L, 28-22 - - - - - - - - - -
Oct 17 at Central Michigan L, 51-14 - - - - - - - - - -
Oct 24 Ohio W, 41-17 - - - - - - - - - -
Oct 29 at Miami (OH) W, 29-24 - - - - - - - - - -
Nov 5 at Kent State W, 18-17 - - - - - - - - - -
Nov 11 Northern Illinois L, 41-30 - - - - - - - - - -
Nov 21 at Akron L, 42-21 - - - - - - - - - -
Nov 27 Massachusetts L, 31-26 - - - - - - - - - -
Date Opponent Score gp rush rcv pr kr yds
Sep 5 Albany W, 51-14 1 9 - - - 9
Sep 12 at Penn State L, 27-14 1 -47 - - - -47
Sep 19 at Florida Atlantic W, 33-15 1 -6 - - - -6
Sep 26 Nevada L, 24-21 1 -7 - - - -7
Oct 3 Bowling Green L, 28-22 1 14 - - - 14
Oct 17 at Central Michigan L, 51-14 1 -3 - - - -3
Oct 24 Ohio W, 41-17 1 11 - - - 11
Oct 29 at Miami (OH) W, 29-24 1 -4 - - - -4
Nov 5 at Kent State W, 18-17 1 -8 - - - -8
Nov 11 Northern Illinois L, 41-30 1 -18 - - - -18
Nov 21 at Akron L, 42-21 1 - - - - 0
Nov 27 Massachusetts L, 31-26 1 -1 - - - -1
Date Opponent Score pts rush rec kr pr int fum xpm fgm saf misc 2pt
Sep 5 Albany W, 51-14 0 0 - - - - - - - - 0 -
Sep 12 at Penn State L, 27-14 0 0 - - - - - - - - 0 -
Sep 19 at Florida Atlantic W, 33-15 0 0 - - - - - - - - 0 -
Sep 26 Nevada L, 24-21 0 0 - - - - - - - - 0 -
Oct 3 Bowling Green L, 28-22 0 0 - - - - - - - - 0 -
Oct 17 at Central Michigan L, 51-14 0 0 - - - - - - - - 0 -
Oct 24 Ohio W, 41-17 6 1 - - - - - - - - 0 -
Oct 29 at Miami (OH) W, 29-24 0 0 - - - - - - - - 0 -
Nov 5 at Kent State W, 18-17 0 0 - - - - - - - - 0 -
Nov 11 Northern Illinois L, 41-30 0 0 - - - - - - - - 0 -
Nov 21 at Akron L, 42-21 0 - - - - - - - - - 0 -
Nov 27 Massachusetts L, 31-26 0 0 - - - - - - - - 0 -
Date Opponent Score tack ast tot sack lost tfl yds ff fr td int yds td brup blk saf
Sep 5 Albany W, 51-14 - - 0.0 - - 0 - - - - - - - - - -
Sep 12 at Penn State L, 27-14 1 0 1.0 - - 0 - - - - - - - - - -
Sep 19 at Florida Atlantic W, 33-15 - - 0.0 - - 0 - - - - - - - - - -
Sep 26 Nevada L, 24-21 - - 0.0 - - 0 - - - - - - - - - -
Oct 3 Bowling Green L, 28-22 0 1 1.0 - - 0 - - - - - - - - - -
Oct 17 at Central Michigan L, 51-14 1 0 1.0 - - 0 - - - - - - - - - -
Oct 24 Ohio W, 41-17 - - 0.0 - - 0 - - - - - - - - - -
Oct 29 at Miami (OH) W, 29-24 - - 0.0 - - 0 - - - - - - - - - -
Nov 5 at Kent State W, 18-17 - - 0.0 - - 0 - - - - - - - - - -
Nov 11 Northern Illinois L, 41-30 - - 0.0 - - 0 - - - - - - - - - -
Nov 21 at Akron L, 42-21 - - 0.0 - - 0 - - - - - - - - - -
Nov 27 Massachusetts L, 31-26 - - 0.0 - - 0 - - - - - - - - - -
  gp comp att pct yds y/g y/a td int lg effic
2011-12 - - - - - - - - - - 0.0
2012-13 9 86 163 52.8% 1045 116.1 6.4 7 3 44 117.1
2013-14 13 233 402 58.0% 2824 217.2 7.0 24 8 62 132.7
2014-15 11 224 345 64.9% 2647 240.6 7.7 29 11 92 150.7
2015-16 12 280 449 62.4% 2969 247.4 6.6 16 15 78 123.0
Total 45 823 1359 60.6% 9485 210.8 7.0 76 37 92 132.2
  gp rush yds y/g avg td lg fum lost
2011-12 - - - - - - - - -
2012-13 9 28 -54 -6.0 -1.9 0 8 2 2
2013-14 13 34 -64 -4.9 -1.9 1 16 3 2
2014-15 11 34 -6 -0.5 -0.2 2 14 2 0
2015-16 12 33 -60 -5.0 -1.8 1 11 2 0
Total 45 129 -184 -4.1 -1.4 4 16 9 4
  gp rec rec/g yds y/g avg td lg
2011-12 - - - - - - - -
2012-13 9 - - - - - - -
2013-14 13 - - - - - - -
2014-15 11 0 0.0 -9 -0.8 - 0 0
2015-16 12 - - - - - - -
Total 45 0 0.0 -9 -0.2 - 0 0
  gp fgm fga pct lg xpm xpa pct pts
2011-12 - - - - - - - - 0
2012-13 9 - - - - 0 0 - 0
2013-14 13 - - - - - - - 0
2014-15 11 - - - - - - - 0
2015-16 12 - - - - - - - 0
Total 45 - - - - 0 0 - 0
  gp punt yds avg lg in20 fc tb blk
2011-12 - - - - - - - - -
2012-13 9 - - - - - - - -
2013-14 13 - - - - - - - -
2014-15 11 - - - - - - - -
2015-16 12 - - - - - - - -
Total 45 - - - - - - - -
  kr yds avg td lg pr yds avg td lg
2011-12 - - - - - - - - - -
2012-13 - - - - - - - - - -
2013-14 - - - - - - - - - -
2014-15 - - - - - - - - - -
2015-16 - - - - - - - - - -
Total - - - - - - - - - -
  gp rush rcv pr kr yds ypg
2011-12 - - - - - 0 -
2012-13 9 -54 - - - -54 -6.0
2013-14 13 -64 - - - -64 -4.9
2014-15 11 -6 -9 - - -15 -1.4
2015-16 12 -60 - - - -60 -5.0
Total 45 -184 -9 - - -193 -4.3
  pts pts/g rush rec kr pr int fum xpm fgm 2pt misc
2011-12 0 - - - - - - - - - - 0
2012-13 0 0.0 0 - - - - - 0 - 0 0
2013-14 6 0.5 1 - - - - - - - - 0
2014-15 12 1.1 2 0 - - - - - - 0 0
2015-16 6 0.5 1 - - - - - - - - 0
Total 24 0.5 4 0 - - - - 0 - 0 0
  gp tkl ast tot tkl/g sck yds tfl yds ff fr yds int yds brup blk
2011-12 - - - 0.0 - - - 0 - - - - - - - -
2012-13 9 - - 0.0 .0 - - 0 - - - - - - - -
2013-14 13 - - 0.0 .0 - - 0 - - 1 0 - - - -
2014-15 11 1 0 1.0 .1 - - 0 - - - - - - - -
2015-16 12 2 1 3.0 .3 - - 0 - - - - - - - -
Total 45 3 1 4.0 .1 - - 0 - - 1 0 - - - -
  gp comp att pct yds y/g y/a td int lg effic
Total 12 280 449 62.4% 2969 247.4 6.6 16 15 78 123.0
Conference 8 198 322 61.5% 2075 259.4 6.4 10 11 78 119.0
Exhibition - - - - - - - - - - 0.0
-
Home 6 154 250 61.6% 1785 297.5 7.1 8 8 46 125.7
Away 6 126 199 63.3% 1184 197.3 5.9 8 7 78 119.5
Neutral - - - - - - - - - - 0.0
-
Wins 5 98 146 67.1% 1042 208.4 7.1 6 3 78 136.5
Losses 7 182 303 60.1% 1927 275.3 6.4 10 12 41 116.5
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September 4 82 127 64.6% 894 223.5 7.0 6 4 46 133.0
October 4 91 145 62.8% 982 245.5 6.8 4 3 78 124.6
November 4 107 177 60.5% 1093 273.3 6.2 6 8 40 114.5
  gp rush yds y/g avg td lg fum lost
Total 12 33 -60 -5.0 -1.8 1 11 2 0
Conference 8 20 -9 -1.1 -0.5 1 11 - -
Exhibition - - - - - - - - -
-
Home 6 18 8 1.3 0.4 1 11 - -
Away 6 15 -68 -11.3 -4.5 0 5 2 0
Neutral - - - - - - - - -
-
Wins 5 11 2 0.4 0.2 1 10 - -
Losses 7 22 -62 -8.9 -2.8 0 11 2 0
-
September 4 13 -51 -12.8 -3.9 0 9 2 0
October 4 10 18 4.5 1.8 1 11 - -
November 4 10 -27 -6.8 -2.7 0 3 - -
  gp rec rec/g yds y/g avg td lg
Total 12 - - - - - - -
Conference 8 - - - - - - -
Exhibition - - - - - - - -
-
Home 6 - - - - - - -
Away 6 - - - - - - -
Neutral - - - - - - - -
-
Wins 5 - - - - - - -
Losses 7 - - - - - - -
-
September 4 - - - - - - -
October 4 - - - - - - -
November 4 - - - - - - -
  gp fgm fga pct lg xpm xpa pct pts
Total 12 - - - - - - - 0
Conference 8 - - - - - - - 0
Exhibition - - - - - - - - 0
-
Home 6 - - - - - - - 0
Away 6 - - - - - - - 0
Neutral - - - - - - - - 0
-
Wins 5 - - - - - - - 0
Losses 7 - - - - - - - 0
-
September 4 - - - - - - - 0
October 4 - - - - - - - 0
November 4 - - - - - - - 0
  gp punt yds avg lg in20 fc tb blk
Total 12 - - - - - - - -
Conference 8 - - - - - - - -
Exhibition - - - - - - - - -
-
Home 6 - - - - - - - -
Away 6 - - - - - - - -
Neutral - - - - - - - - -
-
Wins 5 - - - - - - - -
Losses 7 - - - - - - - -
-
September 4 - - - - - - - -
October 4 - - - - - - - -
November 4 - - - - - - - -
  kr yds avg td lg pr yds avg td lg
Total - - - - - - - - - -
Conference - - - - - - - - - -
Exhibition - - - - - - - - - -
-
Home - - - - - - - - - -
Away - - - - - - - - - -
Neutral - - - - - - - - - -
-
Wins - - - - - - - - - -
Losses - - - - - - - - - -
-
September - - - - - - - - - -
October - - - - - - - - - -
November - - - - - - - - - -
  gp rush rcv pr kr yds ypg
Total 12 -60 - - - -60 -5.0
Conference 8 -9 - - - -9 -1.1
Exhibition - - - - - 0 -
-
Home 6 8 - - - 8 1.3
Away 6 -68 - - - -68 -11.3
Neutral - - - - - 0 -
-
Wins 5 2 - - - 2 .4
Losses 7 -62 - - - -62 -8.9
-
September 4 -51 - - - -51 -12.8
October 4 18 - - - 18 4.5
November 4 -27 - - - -27 -6.8
  pts pts/g rush rec kr pr int fum xpm fgm 2pt misc
Total 6 0.5 1 - - - - - - - - 0
Conference 6 0.8 1 - - - - - - - - 0
Exhibition 0 - - - - - - - - - - 0
-
Home 6 1.0 1 - - - - - - - - 0
Away 0 0.0 0 - - - - - - - - 0
Neutral 0 - - - - - - - - - - 0
-
Wins 6 1.2 1 - - - - - - - - 0
Losses 0 0.0 0 - - - - - - - - 0
-
September 0 0.0 0 - - - - - - - - 0
October 6 1.5 1 - - - - - - - - 0
November 0 0.0 0 - - - - - - - - 0
  gp tkl ast tot tkl/g sck yds tfl yds ff fr yds int yds brup blk
Total 12 2 1 3.0 .3 - - 0 - - - - - - - -
Conference 8 1 1 2.0 .3 - - 0 - - - - - - - -
Exhibition - - - 0.0 - - - 0 - - - - - - - -
-
Home 6 0 1 1.0 .2 - - 0 - - - - - - - -
Away 6 2 0 2.0 .3 - - 0 - - - - - - - -
Neutral - - - 0.0 - - - 0 - - - - - - - -
-
Wins 5 - - 0.0 .0 - - 0 - - - - - - - -
Losses 7 2 1 3.0 .4 - - 0 - - - - - - - -
-
September 4 1 0 1.0 .3 - - 0 - - - - - - - -
October 4 1 1 2.0 .5 - - 0 - - - - - - - -
November 4 - - 0.0 .0 - - 0 - - - - - - - -