For the first time since 1897, the Buffalo football team is on a seven-game winning streak.
Behind the legs of Branden Oliver, the Bulls accumulated 421 yards of total offense en route to a 30-3 victory over Ohio in a showdown of two 6-2 teams in the Mid-American Conference.
Oliver outgained the Bobcats offense that was held to a season-low of 233 yards of total offense.
Quarterback Joe Licata continued to find the endzone through the air as he tossed a pair of touchdowns to wide receiver Alex Neutz.
Khalil Mack finished the game with five tackles and a half a sack.
The win improves the Bulls’ record to 7-2 on the season and 5-0 in conference play.
Player of the game: Running back Branden Oliver
Oliver’s bowling ball type running game has proved to be no match for conference defenses.
In tonight’s game, he rushed 34 times for 249 yards and two touchdowns. His 249 yards set a career-high in rushing yards in a game and broke his own Division I-A record.
Since the start of MAC play, he has 152 rushes for 928 yards and nine touchdowns. He is also averaging 185.6 yards per game to go along with 6.1 yards per carry.
It was the fourth 200-yard game of his career.
Unsung Hero: Wide Reciever Alex Neutz
While both Khalil Mack and Branden Oliver seem to have the eyes of NFL scouts at the moment, Alex Neutz continues to provide the Bulls with a deep threat down the field.
Neutz had four receptions for 29 yards and two touchdowns against Ohio. His two touchdowns tied Naaman Roosevelt’s record of most career touchdowns in UB history (28). He was quarterback Joe Licata’s favorite target on the evening.
In nine games this season, Neutz has compiled 43 receptions for 707 yards and nine touchdowns. He is also averaging 78.6 yards per game while averaging 16.4 yards per catch.
Turning Point in the game:
On the Bobcats first drive of the second half, linebackers Khalil Mack and Jarrett Franklin forced an intentional grounding in the endzone that put the Bulls up 9-3 with 13:49 left in the second quarter.
This proved to be the turning point in the game because the Bulls went on to score on three consecutive drives to put the game out of reach.
He Said It:
“It’s a lot of fun to watch [Oliver]. But sometimes I get in trouble for watching. Coach Patterson wants me to carry out my fakes but, it’s hard when [he’s] is making people miss.” – Bulls’ quarterback Joe Licata on running back Branden Oliver
After making a statement on National television, the Bulls will head to Toledo, Ohio for another Tuesday night matchup at the Glass Bowl.
The Rockets are coming off a 55-16 win over Eastern Michigan and currently have a 6-3 overall record and 4-1 conference record.