On Saturday, Branden Oliver regained his form against MAC opponent Eastern Michigan rushing for 150 yards on 25 carries and two touchdowns.
Bulls' running game too much for Eastern Michigan
Joe Konze Jr Reporting
On 3rd and 4 on the Buffalo 40-yard line, senior running back Branden Oliver took a handoff from sophomore quarterback Joe Licata, Oliver went right and then cut left to find a seam.
He shifted gears and accelerated as if someone hit the turbo button on a PlayStation controller and ran 60 yards for a touchdown.
“That cut that he made was unbelievable,” Licata said. “I’ve never seen anything like that. It was something that [LaDanian Tomlinson] would have made back in his prime.”
On Saturday afternoon, behind the legs of Oliver, the Bulls (3-2, 1-0 Mid-American Conference) defeated Eastern Michigan (0-4, 0-1 MAC) 42-7 for their first win in conference play this season in front of an announced crowd of 23,602 at UB Stadium.
It was Bulls' first win over Eastern Michigan in program history and their first back-to-back 40 point wins since 1981.
Oliver finished the game with 25 rushes for 150 yards and two touchdowns.
“I feel great,” Oliver said. “We had a great game plan. I just want to thank my [offensive line] for blocking for me."
It was Oliver’s 13th career 100 yard game and his first two-touchdown game of the season.
Through the air the Bulls were able to spread the Eastern Michigan defense out creating matchups on the outside.
Licata and senior wide receiver Alex Neutz continued their strong connection as Neutz caught his fifth consecutive touchdown pass of the season.
Neutz finished the game with four receptions for 94 yards and a touchdown.
“We’ve got a lot of playmakers in this offense,” Licata said. “Coach Wood and coach Quinn do a great job in distributing that. My jobs pretty easy, I just have
to get the ball to different playmakers.”
Licata, had a solid day at the helm as he finished the game 15 of 22 with 224 yards, one passing touchdown, one rushing touchdown and was not sacked for the second consecutive game.
He also led the Bulls on a 99-yard drive in the second quarter that ended on a 1-yard touchdown rush of his own.
“To have that ball sitting on the one inch line looks like a daunting task,” said head coach Jeff Quinn. “But I’ll tell you our kids did a great job”
Special teams, which has been a question mark in the past few years, recorded its first touchdown of the season.
Sophomore Devin Campbell took a kick 96 yards for a touchdown in the second quarter. It was the Bulls’ first since Sept. 20, 2008 by Ernest Jackson.
“I give all to the guys up front,” Campbell said. “I just ran straight. I didn’t get touched. We got [special teams] to believe what they can do.”
The Bulls take to the road next week to face-off against MAC opponent Western Michigan (0-5, 0-2 MAC).