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Bulls, Minutemen square off in conference matchup

Last season when the Buffalo football team traveled to Gillete Stadium in Foxborough, Mass, seeking its first four-game winning streak in school history, while UMass had just defeated Akron 22-14 for its first win in FBS play. 

The Bulls were successful in extending the winning streak to four games, defeating the Minutemen 29-19 giving them  their best season under head coach Jeff Quinn.

This season, the situation is simlar to last years. 

Buffalo is currently riding a four-game winning streak and boasting a 4-2 overall record with a 2-0 conference record with a shot at a potential Mid-American Conference championship on the horizion, sitting just two games away from being bowl eligible for the first time since 2008. 

UMass is coming off of a 17-10 victory over Miami Ohio last weekend for its first win of the season bringing their season record to 1-5 with a conference record of 1-1. 

Key matchup: Buffalo passing offense vs. Minuteman pass defense

Sophomore quarterback Joe Licata has thrown a touchdown pass in every game this season. Last weekend against Western Michigan, Licata added another three bringing his season total to 11.

In the last three weeks, Licata has been able to spread the field and hit receivers deep down the field. With the UMass passing defense allowing 35 plays of 20 yards or more a game and 10 touchdowns, the Bulls have a very good chance to make this weekend’s matchup another blowout.

He said it: 

“That’s my job, our coach’s job and our leadership. [The players] respond to that. We’ve spent a lot of time with this senior class about how to approach each season and each week the right way and the message hasn’t changed. I feel just the growth and maturity of our players along with myself being consistent with our coaching staffs messaging , mindset and being less effected externally and more internally driven … It’s all in our attitude.” – Bulls’ head coach Jeff Quinn on the current four-game winning streak.

The Bulls enter this weekend’s matchup against UMass as a 21-point favorite—the most in school history.
In its last three games, Buffalo has managed to outscored its opponents 116-26 and have scored 30 or more points.

It’s all a matter of how many points the Bulls will put up this game. Look for a dominant game on the ground from senior running back Branden Oliver and senior wide receiver Alex Neutz to grab his seventh touchdown in seven games.

Bulls 45

Minutemen- 3 

Kick-off is set for 3:30 p.m. at UB Stadium. 

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