UB bounces back from first loss of the season

The run game powers the Bulls to a win at Central Michigan

Howard Simon
October 06, 2018 - 5:31 pm

Photo: Paul Hokanson - UBBulls.com

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Seven days after suffering their first loss of the season, the Buffalo Bulls bounced right back with a 34-24 Mid-American Conference road win over Central Michigan. The Bulls have their run game and takeaways to thank for just the second victory in nine career matchups with the Chippewas. Buffalo’s offense produced 307 yards on the ground while the defense equaled their season total with four interceptions.

The Bulls needed their rushing offense to carry the day since they were without top wide receiver Anthony Johnson and facing the MAC’s best pass defense as well. Quarterback Tyree Jackson completed just 10-of-20 passes for 127 yards, one touchdown and one interception. Although a six-yard toss to Tyler Mabry was the Bulls' first touchdown of the day and Jackson’s five-yard scoring run helped UB build a 17-3 halftime lead.

Central Michigan’s offense came alive out of the break. The Chippewas produced touchdown drives on their first two possessions of the second half, but the Bulls answered back with touchdowns of their own both times. In fact, the Bulls first offensive play after CMU pulled within 17-10 was a 70-yard touchdown run from red-shirt freshman Kevin Marks. Buffalo’s leading rusher on the season finished with 167 yards on 18 carries.  

His cohort, true freshman Jaret Patterson, was part of a one-two punch that was too much for the Chippewas to handle. The 5' 9" Patterson ran hard all day, breaking tackles and bowling over Chippewas defenders en route to 121 yards on 18 carries. His 14-yard touchdown run gave the Bulls breathing room after Central Michigan pulled to within 24-17.

UB’s defense responded after giving up the back-to-back touchdowns. They picked off Central Michigan quarterback Tommy Lazzaro on three straight possessions. Cam Lewis got his team leading third interception of the season. Joey Banks and Aapri Washington recorded their first takeaways of the season. Brandon Williams had the Bulls other interception in the first half.

Kicker Adam Mitcheson was successful on two field goal attempts and moved past Patrick Clarke for the top spot in career scoring.

The Bulls have won three straight road games in the same season for the first time since 2008. By improving to 5-1, UB is now one win away from bowl eligibility. The Bulls are also 2-0 in the MAC for the first time in five years. They return home to face Akron on Saturday at 12 p.m. at UB Stadium. You can hear all the action over on our sister station, ESPN 1520.

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