UB football continues to impress

The Bulls are now 4-0 after destroying Rutgers on Saturday

Howard Simon
September 22, 2018 - 4:23 pm

Photo: Noah K. Murray - USA TODAY Sports


It’s beginning to look like the 2018 season for the University at Buffalo football team will go where none of their FBS seasons have gone before. This edition of the Bulls has registered a number of firsts and is already halfway to the school record for most wins in a season as an FBS program. The Bulls recorded their first win ever over a Big 10 program (they had been 0-8) by throttling Rutgers 42-13 in Piscataway, New Jersey on Saturday. 

It's the first time UB has gotten off to a 4-0 start since 1981 when the Bulls played at the Division-III level. This triumph, coupled with a road victory over Temple two weeks ago, means UB wins two non-conference road games in the same season for the first time since moving up to FBS in 1999.

It was truly a team effort as the game was, pretty much, decided by halftime with the Bulls in control 35-6. Following a three-and-out on their first possession, the Bulls' offense proceeded to score touchdowns on five of their next six drives. The passing of quarterback Tyree Jackson, the running of Jaret Patterson and strong offensive line play allowed the Bulls to steamroll the Scarlet Knights' defense. Here is the summary of the five touchdown drives:

  • 5 plays, 63 yards, 1:26 (42-yard touchdown pass to Anthony Johnson)
  • 6 plays, 73 yards, 2:24 (42-yard touchdown run by Patterson)
  • 5 plays, 63 yards, 2:08 (set up by a 59-yard pass to Johnson putting the ball at the Rutgers' 2-yard line)
  • 6 plays, 79 yards, 1:18 (53-yard touchdown pass to Charlie Jones)
  • 4 plays, 50 yards, 1:36

The 59-yard pass to Johnson, who is being touted as a possible first round pick in the 2019 NFL draft, was a fantastic throw. Jackson left the pocket and ran to his right. The red-shirt junior, whose own draft stock is rising every week, threw on the run and the pass went some 55 yards in the air before coming down into Johnson’s hands. Jackson ended the half with 204 yards passing and the three touchdowns. He is now tied for the most touchdown passes in the nation with 15.

While the offense was putting up 35 points in the first half, the defense was doing its job. Rutgers, which started a freshman quarterback coming off a very rocky performance in a blowout loss to Kansas, went three-and-out on six of their eight possessions in the first 30 minutes. Rutgers ended the game a miserable 2-for-18 on third downs. It was just another day at the office for the Bulls tackling machine. Linebacker Khalil Hodge led the team with 15 tackles.

The only negative to come out of the game was a hamstring injury suffered by Johnson. He left the game in the first half and did not return. He had 101 yards on just two catches. Patterson, who is the fourth string running back in an incredibly deep backfield, had 107 yards on 14 carries and reached the end zone twice.

Jackson was 14-of-28 for 263 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions. The Bulls offense played it safe in the second half.  Jackson went through the game without being sacked. UB is one of just three teams in the country that has yet to give up a sack. Of those three teams, UB is the only one to have played four games.

The Bulls go for 5-0 when they host Army next Saturday at 12 p.m. at UB Stadium.

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