During coach Jeff Quinn's first season as a head coach every week, save the first, has felt like a new low. This week was no different as Eastern Michigan, a perennial MAC West Cellar Dweller, came into Amherst and handed the Bulls Their 9th loss assuring that this will be the worst season Buffalo has had since at least 2006. If the Bulls fall to Akron next week Jeff Quinn would match Turner Gills first year mark of 2-10.
The Bulls once again used the first 15 minutes of the game to warm up the offense, continuing a season long drought of first quarter touchdowns. They also blanked in the fourth quarter, another season long sore point. The defense did what it could to keep the Bulls in the game but Eastern Michigan controlled the line and ran all over what, to date, has been a pretty solid rushing defense.
EMU Drove near the end of the firs quarter turning the drive into anearly second quarter touchdown on a Dwayne Priest touchdown plunge. After trading punts the Bulls put up a 75 yard drive that ended with a strike to Marcus Rivers. The Eagles would charge right back down to retake the touchdown advantage.
The drive started when the Bulls allowed a kickoff return to mid field. The defense held EMU to a 4th and 2 at the 32 yard line before giving up a 29 yard strike to Ben Thayer. The tight end was the beneficiary of several designed roll outs on third and fourth downs throughout the game. Two plays later Priest plunged into the end zone.
Buffalo closed the first scoring on the following drive. Alex Neutz hauld in two passes for 37 yards to get UB to a first and goal but a delay of game stalled the drive forcing the Bulls to settle for a field goal.
The Eagles put the game away on their first drive of the third quarter. After a Buffalo three and out EMU embarked on a punishing drive. Nine straight running plays covering seventy yards and two third down conversions. On the drive only one play was not a carry by Priest, that was a five yard scamper by Gillett. The Bulls answered with 4 minute 73 yard drive capped by a pass to Ed Young.