How it was called a safety is seemingly mind-blowing but an intentional grounding called on Tyler Tettleton from the Ohio four-yard line gave Buffalo all the momentum they would need Tuesday night as they went on to win 30-3 in front of 22,918 at UB Stadium.
With the win, Buffalo improves to 7-2 (5-0) and virtually eliminates Ohio from the MAC East discussion.
The Bulls had a dominant day on both sides of the ball as they had the Bobcats befuddled.
Buffalo outgained Ohio 421-233 while running back Branden Oliver had more yards than the entire Bobcats team.
Oliver led off the scoring for the Bulls with a 2-yard touchdown run in the second quarter to put UB up 7-0.
Buffalo would take a 7-3 lead into halftime but it was the start of the second half that caught everybody in shock.
An all-out horrible night by the officiating crew, they made possibly one of the worst calls in the history of college football when they ruled a safety in favor of Buffalo when Tyler Tettleton was called for intentional grounding.
The problem though, Tettleton threw the ball from his own four-yard line, not the endzone. Fortunately for Buffalo and unfortunately for Ohio, the play was unreviewable and remained as called.
The Bulls took advantage and took off while the Bobcats shriveled up.
On their ensuing drive, Oliver scored once again; his second of the day to give Buffalo a 16-3 lead.
Oliver finished with a Bulls single game record 249 rushing yard and two touchdowns as he passed 1,000 yards on the season for the second time in his college career.
From there, UB had a firm grasp of the game and started to use their Western New York passing connection.
Joe Licata connected with Alex Neutz for a pair of 20+ yard touchdowns late in the game as the Bulls finished off the blowout.
Licata finished 13 of 22 for 169 yards, two touchdowns and an interception while Neutz finished with four receptions for 79 yards and two touchdowns.
As good as the Bulls offense was on the night, their defense was even better. Ohio looked stifled the entire evening and couldn’t put together any solid drives.
Jeff Quinn has his UB squad rolling and things are looking good for Buffalo in the MAC East.
The division now comes down to Buffalo and Bowling Green who will most likely decide the division title November 29th when the two teams clash at Ralph Wilson Stadium.
Until then, the Bulls will be hoping to take care of business on the road the next two weeks.
Buffalo returns to action for some MACtion next Tuesday night when they hit the road to the Glass Bowl to take on Toledo at 7:30 on ESPNU.