This season has been full of broken records and accomplishments for the Buffalo football team.
On Saturday afternoon, the Bulls (4-2, 2-0 Mid-American Conference) continued that feat defeating Western Michigan (0-7, 0-3 MAC) 33-0 giving them their first win at Waldo Stadium and their first four-game winning streak since the 2008 season.
Sophomore running back Devin Campbell scored the first touchdown of the game on a 1-yard touchdown run. But a blocked extra point would leave the score 6-0 at the 9:27 mark of the first quarter.
Buffalo didn’t score until the opening drive in the second half that led to a career-long 51- yard field by junior kicker Patrick Clarke extending the lead to 9-0.
The Bulls pulled away late in the third quarter on a touchdown pass from sophomore quarterback Joe Licata to freshman tight end Mason Schreck.
Buffalo added two more touchdowns on a pass to senior wide receiver Fred Lee with 5:42 left in the third quarter followed by a two-yard pass to senior
wide out Alex Neutz with 12:00 left in the fourth.
Clarke kicked another field goal late in the game en route to the victory.
Player of the Game: The Buffalo Defense
The defense did exactly what needed to be done to a team like Western Michigan; shut them out.
Western Michigan quarterback Zach Terrell struggled to read the Buffalo secondary as he was picked off two times in the game.
Senior defensive back Najja Johnson grabbed his third interception of the season, while sophomore defensive back Marqus Baker snagged his first.
But it didn’t stop there.
Senior linebacker Khalil Mack amassed six tackles, a sack, a forced fumble and two fumble recoveries.
The Bulls held Western Michigan to 202 yards of total offense.
Unsung Hero: Branden Oliver
Although Oliver did not score a touchdown today, he contributed nicely to the Bulls’ ground game amassing 128 yards on 19 carries. He helped open up the passing game for the Bulls and helped set sophomore quarterback Joe Licata up to distributed the ball amongst an arsenal of receivers. Licata would finish with three touchdowns on the day.
Despite only scoring six points in the first half, the Bulls started to pull away at the 13:57 mark in the third quarter on a field goal by Patrick Clarke to put them ahead 9-0.
It was at this point Buffalo gained momentum and scored three touchdowns on three consecutive drives to put the game out of the Broncos’ reach.
He said it:
“Not one...not two...not three....but four in a row....Haha let’s go!!” – Neutz on the Bulls’ win over Western Michigan via twitter.
The Bulls will return home next weekend against UMass (1-5, 1-1 MAC) looking to extend their winning streak to five games.
The Minutemen are coming off a 17-10 victory over Miami Ohio (0-6, 0-2 MAC).