Buffalo defeats UConn 41-12

Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

UB get's their first out of conference FBS win since 2009

1st Downs 14 15
3rd down efficiency 7-18 7-14
4th down efficiency 0-1 1-Jan
Total Yards 220 330
Passing 193 177
Comp-Att 12-29 10-21
Yards per pass 5.7 8.4
Rushing 27 153
Rushing Attempts 39 43
Yards per rush 0.7 3.6
Penalties 2-10 7-70
Turnovers 4 1
Fumbles lost 1 0
Interceptions thrown 3 1
Possession 29:39:00 30:21:00

Brandon Oliver made a strong statement and Alex Neutz has a nice highlight he can add to his resume but it was the Buffalo defense, pretty much across the board, that were the stars of UB's 41 to 12 win over the Connecticut Huskies.

The Bulls defense held UConn to 0.3 yards per carry. The number skewed significantly by nealy 60 yards in sacks the defense hung on Chandler Whitmer. Even without the sacks the Huskies had just 84 yards rushing on 34 carries (2.5 yards per carry).

Buffalo defensive coordinator Lou Tepper opened the game up by turning lose his pass rush and it payed off early. On UConn's first series Adam Redden knocked the ball away from Chandler Whitmer setup up the Bulls for the first score.

UConn was able to move the ball here and there but Buffalo's pressure defense caused an interception which was returned for a touchdown by Najja Johnson. On two other drives the Huskies got into the redzone only to be held to field goals.

Aside from the short field touchdown and a three and out UB's offense did not see the field until the second Quarter. Joe Licata led the bulls down the field to put UB up 21-6.

The Bulls special teams blocked a field goal setting up a Joe Licata to Alex Neutz score to put the Bulls up 28-6

UConn would finally find the end zone when they marched 75 yards. The Huskies went for two and failed leaving the Bulls up 28-12. A missed Patrick Clarke field goal in the closing seconds of the half kept it that way.

Buffalo's defense would stifle the Huskies in the thrid Quarter giving the offense two short fields that led to Clarke field goals of 49 and 50 yards.

Buffalo would add seven more when Joe Licata found fred lee for a 36 yard touchdown pass early in the fourth Quarter. UConn sent in their backup Casey Cochrin who was rudely greeted by a Buffalo pas rush that turned his first collegiate pass into an interception.

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