UB Bulls are bowl eligible

The Bulls improve to 6-1 after a 24-6 win over Akron

Howard Simon
October 13, 2018 - 5:57 pm

Photo: Paul Hokanson - UBBulls.com

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The University at Buffalo is bowl eligible for just the fourth time in their FBS history following a 24-6 home win over the Akron Zips.

It's the earliest the Bulls have reached that bowl eligible six-win mark as it came in just their seventh game of the season. UB’s dominating defense and a strong second half run game propelled them to 6-1 overall and 3-0 in the Mid-American Conference. 

Akron actually scored first with a field goal on the first drive of the game. However, the Bulls came back with a touchdown late in the first quarter as quarterback Tyree Jackson, on the move to his right, threw a perfect 17-yard strike to George Rushing in the end zone. Tyree Jackson, wearing No. 41 jersey in tribute to former teammate Solomon Jackson who passed away two years ago, now has 18 touchdown passes on the season. It's the fourth highest single season total in UB history.

The teams traded field goals in the second quarter leaving the score 10-6 in favor of Buffalo at the half. The Bulls left points on the field when Jackson was intercepted at the Akron two-yard line.

The UB running game broke out in the second half and the spark came from freshman running back Jaret Patterson. He had eight carries for 50 yards on a 12-play, 80-yard touchdown drive in the third quarter that put the Bulls up 17-6. Jackson used his legs for a key play on that drive. Facing a 3rd-and-6 from their own 37-yard line, the junior quarterback scampered for seven yards allowing the possession to continue. It ended with a Patterson four-yard touchdown run.

After an interception, Patterson was back at it again. He carried the ball six times for 31 yards as the Bulls put together another long touchdown drive to break the game open. This one took eight plays and covered 76 yards. The key play came from the passing game though was Jackson converting a 3rd-and-6 with a 43-yard throw to K.J. Osborn. Jackson’s one-yard keeper made it 24-6 and the defense made sure the Zips would leave Western New York with a loss for the sixth straight time.

The defense held Akron to two field goals, just 235 net yards and an ice cold 3-of-14 on third down. UB also came up with three sacks and the one interception. Akron never got deeper than the UB 27-yard line at any point in the game. The six points is the fewest given up by the Bulls this season.

Patterson ended the game with 91 yards on 17 carries and the touchdown. Fellow freshman running back Kevin Marks added 64 yards on 15 runs. Jackson, who entered the game with just six rushes in the first six games for a net of one yard, had 57 yards rushing on seven carries. Jackson completed 16 of 30 passes for 212 yards, one touchdown and one interception. 

Wide receiver Anthony Johnson, who missed the last game and was limited in the game prior to that by a hamstring injury, had two catches for 44 yards. 

Linebacker Khalil Hodge recorded 12 tackles and moved into fifth place on the career tackles list with 363.

The Bulls are 6-1 for the first time since 1959, and off to a 3-0 MAC start for the first time since 2013.  

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