Entering their contest against #23 Baylor, the only thing Buffalo players and coaches would talk about was how fast and talented the Bears offense was.
On Saturday, the Bulls got to see it up close in person as Baylor amassed 56 first-half points on their way to defeating Buffalo 70-13.
Things actually didn’t get off to a horrible start for the Bulls. A Branden Oliver 1-yard touchdown run put Buffalo up 7-0 early to cap off an eight play, 75-yard drive.
The only problem with the touchdown was that it meant the Bulls defense had to take the field.
Baylor responded quickly, tying the game at seven after Bryce Petty connected with Tevin Reese for a 61-yard touchdown pass as the Bears showed their ability to score, and do so quickly on their first drive.
The touchdown was just one of many for Baylor on the afternoon as Petty had a field day versus the Bulls, connecting with his two main men, Reese and Antwan Goodley eight times for 254 yards and two touchdowns.
Also lighting up the scoreboard for the Bears was running back Lache Seastrunk.
The Oregon transfer finished with a game high 150 yards rushing and three touchdowns on 17 carries.
Baylor’s offense could do no wrong on the day. In the first half alone, the Bears totaled over 500 yards of offense on their way to 783 yards on the day.
Even the Baylor defense showed up, albeit against a Buffalo offense deflated due to the way their defense was performing.
In their limited action, Joe Licata and Alex Neutz played very well, accumulating very impressive stat lines.
Licata finished 10-17 for 214 yards, one touchdown and one interception in one half of action.
Neutz put up an amazing 197 yards and a touchdown on six receptions before Jeff Quinn decided to give his starters a break.
While allowing 70 points and getting blown out is a deflating feeling for any team, the Bulls will just have to put today's contest in the back burner.
Playing in the extreme heat against a very skilled, fast paced offense such as Baylor’s presented a very difficult challenge that most teams would struggle against.
Quinn and his Bulls squad just have to move on. Despite a 0-2 start to the year, this Buffalo squad is still very talented. They're just not close to being on a competitive level with teams such as Baylor or Ohio State.
Buffalo returns to action Saturday at 3:30 when they take on Stony Brook in their home opener.