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Bulls dominate Redhawks for eighth win of season



After a 51-41 loss at the hands of Toledo (7-3, 5-1 Mid-American Conference) last Tuesday on the road, the Buffalo football team found itself in the win column.

 The Bulls (8-3, 6-1 MAC) defeated Miami Ohio (0-11, 0-7 MAC) 44-7 in front of an announced 9,985 in at Yager Stadium in Oxford, Ohio.
           
Senior linebacker Khalil Mack continued his dominance on the defensive side of the ball with eight tackles, three sacks, three forced fumbles and three tackles for a loss.
           
His brilliant play helped the Bulls’ defense hold the Redhawks to 200 yards of total offense.
          
Offensively, senior running back Branden Oliver carried the ball 26 times for 150 yards and two touchdowns.
           
Counterpart junior running back Anthone Taylor carried the ball 17 times for 154 yards and a touchdown.
          
While sophomore quarterback Joe Licata completed 20 of 32 passes for 174 yards a touchdown and an interception.
           
Combined, the Buffalo offense amassed 517 yards of total offense.

Turning point in the game:

On 2nd and 7 on at the Buffalo 22, senior linebacker Khalil Mack sacked Miami Ohio quarterback, Zac Murphy and forced a fumble that was returned for a touchdown to put the Bulls up 28-0.

Player of the game: Khalil Mack
Khalil Mack has been the cornerstone of the Bulls’ success on defense this season. Tonight he had eight tackles, three sacks, three forced fumbles and three tackles for a loss. Mack is now 2.5 sacks away from the NCAA record of 75.

It was impossible for the Redhawk offensive line to stop him. He’s as marquee of a player as they come. Mack has solidified himself as a NFL draft pick with his senior season.

Key matchup: Branden Oliver vs. the Redhawks rushing defense
Oliver did exactly what he needed to do to wear down the Miami defense carrying the ball 26 times for 150 yards and two touchdowns.

His counterpart junior running back Anthone Taylor had a solid game as well rushing for 154 yards on 17 carries and a touchdown.

With the help of Oliver and Taylor, the Bulls were able to control the game. 
 
Looking ahead:

The ‘Clash at the Ralph’ looks to be the game of the year as the Bulls will face Bowling Green (7-3, 5-1 MAC) with a chance to win the MAC East title and a berth to the MAC championship.

This Saturday the Falcons will square off against a struggling opponent in Eastern Michigan. With a win they will be tied with the Bulls for MAC East lead.

Even if Bowling Green were to lose the game on Nov. 29 will still hold MAC Championship berth implications.
 
Kick-off is set for 1:30 p.m. at Ralph Wilson Stadium. The game can be seen on ESPNU.
 
 
 

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