The Buffalo football team enters this week’s matchup against Western Michigan (0-6, 0-2 Mid-American Conference) with a lot of momentum.
Last weekend, the Bulls’ (3-2, 1-0 MAC) 42-12 victory gave them their first win over Eastern Michigan in school history and improved their record to 3-2 for the first time in the modern Division IA era.
After giving up 55 points against nationally ranked opponents, Buffalo has hit a groove allowing only 49 points in its last three games while forcing nine
The Broncos have struggled this season to find the end zone. They currently rank 121st in the nation in points per game (15) despite the play of freshman wide receiver Corey Davis, who has 28 receptions for 412 yards and two touchdowns on the season. Quarterback Tyler Van Tubbergen has 906 yards on the season with four touchdowns and ten interceptions.
However, he is questionable after leaving last weekends game against Toledo. If he can't go, the Broncos will turn to freshman quarterback Zach Terrell, who stepped in and completed 10 passses on 13 attempts for 184 yards.
Defensively, Western Michigan is giving up 38.2 points per game.
Key matchup: Buffalo passing game vs. Western Michigan secondary
Through five games this season, sophomore quarterback Joe Licata has completed 81 of 136 passes while passing for 993 yards and eight touchdowns.
He’s had no problem finding an open receiver the last three games. With a threat in senior standout wide receiver Alex Neutz, who has 31 receptions for 501 yards and five touchdowns, look for the Bulls to take advantage of the mismatches in the Broncos secondary.
He said it:
“[We want] organized chaos. We want to create as many turnovers as we can and score as much as we can on defense and shorten the field for our offense because the entire team feeds off of it.” – Senior defensive back Najja Johnson on the Bulls defense compiling 12 turnovers in five games.
The Bulls are more than capable of putting up a 40-point performance against the Broncos. Look for the running game of senior running back Branden Oliver to open up passing lanes. Licata will take advantage of a defense that has been outscored 79-34 in two MAC games.
Buffalo will get its fourth win of the season and second of conference play.
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Kick-off is set for 2 p.m. at Waldo Stadium in Kalamazo, Mich.