It was a very sloppy game for both teams, to say the least, in an ugly marathon game for Buffalo on Saturday afternoon.
After facing two top 25 teams in the country on the road, the Bulls (1-2) had expectations of an easier game against FCS opponent Stony Brook (1-1).
However, the Seawolves would outscore Buffalo 10-0 in the fourth quarter to force overtime.
Buffalo would eventually squeak out a 26-23 victory in five overtimes, on 6 yard scamper from sophomore running back Anthone Taylor.
Sophomore quarterback Joe Licata was efficient finishing the game 27 for 48 for 193 yards, a touchdown and an interception—While senior wide receiver Alex Neutz had 10 catches for 43 yards and a touchdown.
Player of the Game: Anthone Taylor (RB)
Taylor carried the ball 24 times for 123 yards and two touchdowns which were all career highs. Taylor scored the go ahead touchdown in the fifth overtime to help lead the Bulls to a victory.
After Buffalo scored a touchdown with 5:35 left in the third quarter on a six yard scamper from Taylor to go up 10-0, Stony Brook battled back scoring its first points on a 22-yard field go by Nick Ferrara with 11:07 left in the fourth.
The Seawolves then followed that up with a five yard pass from Lyle Negron to Malcolm Eugene with :27 seconds left in the fourth to force the game into overtime.
He said it
“We’ve got a lot of work to do. Without a doubt. I’m not pleased in a couple of the areas. One, in terms of taking care of the ball. Two, in terms of making the right choices in critical times, but the defense came up big.”
– Head coach Jeff Quinn-
Buffalo heads into next week on a bye before taking on UConn (0-2) on Sept. 28 at UB Stadium. The Huskies have been a tough opponent for the Bulls in recent history as boast a series record of 14-4.
UConn is coming off 32-21 loss to Maryland (2-0), a game in which they gave up 501 yards of total offense. However they were still able to generate 383 yards of total offense, 339 of that behind the arm of quarterback Chandler Whitmer.
Buffalo will need to find a way to stop the passing attack of the Huskies in order to have a shot at winning the game.