Buffalo and Baylor have collectively been playing football for more than 200 years but it was not until 2007 when the two teams first played as they kicked off a four game series in Amherst, New York. Though the series is only half over it's safe to say UB fans have seen the best and the worst of Baylor football.
The Bears were a very successful team in the South West Athletic conference but In 1996 they joined the University of Texas, Texas Tech, and Texas A&M Universities along with the Big 8 Universities, to form the Big 12 Conference. The transition left Baylor a punching bag in the newly formed power conference.
Baylor's history in the Big12 consisted only of losing conferences when they strolled into Amherst to take on Turner Gill's team. the Bears were averaging less than three wins a season since 96 and 2007 was shaping up to be just another year.
Blake Szymanski, also known as the guy before RGIII passed for three touchdowns and ran for another. The Bulls were trailing 10-7 at the half but then the Bears rolled off 17 unanswered points in the third quarter. It was James Starks who finally broke the Baylor momentum early in the 4th quarter on a ten yard pass from Drew Willy.
Of course early 2007 is when UB was just starting to find their groove. They won four of their final seven games to claim a share of the MAC east and built on that the next season with their first MAC title. Then Gill left, Quinn came and UB got bad all over again.
While UB was falling back to earth Baylor was riding RGIII to heights they had not seen since Clinton administration. The two teams, on opposite trajectories met in Waco after Jeff Quinn's first game win over Rhode Island.
Robert Griffin passed for a career-high 297 yards, doing the bulk of that in the first half. He had a part in all four Baylor touchdowns as the Bears beat Buffalo 34-6.
Buffalo hit a field goal early in the second to cut the score to 10-3 but then Baylor went on a 24 point run over the next 20 minutes. Branden Oliver took the ball 17 times for 71 yards. The Buffalo run game, as a whole, was respectable especially in the second half. The main problem for the Bulls was their complete inability to move the ball through the air. in total UB was 18 out 47 and threw a pic against no touchdowns.
This season Baylor is without RGIII but their receivers could still double as a 4 by 100 relay team, their line is still good and Bryce Petty is a pretty darn good passer. On top of that Lache Seastrunk is a pretty potent big run threat.
After this season the teams meet one more time next season, at UB stadium.