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2 days to kickoff: Jordan Johnson

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Who is wearing #2 in 2015?

Jordan Johnson

Hometown: Amherst, New York

Year: Redshirt Junior

Position: Running Back

High School: Sweet Home

Freshman: (2012): Redshirted

Redshirt Freshman (2013): Sidelined with an injury.

Redshirt Sophomore (2014): Johnson played in 8 games and was the 2nd leading rusher with 74 carries for 361 yards. After running for 97 yards vs Baylor, Johnson had his best game against Akron where he carried the ball 17 times for 104 yards and a TD and completed a 33 yard touchdown pass.

Outlook: With Devin Campbell missing all of camp, you wonder if UB might think it best to go with Taylor-Johnson-Hawkins in 2015, and Johnson-Campbell (if he redshirts 2015), Hawkins in 2016. If so, with a more clear #2 role, the bruising Johnson can make a big impact in short yardage and goal-line, a place where UB has struggled. Johnson showed ability to wow with his downhill running ability, and I expect him to have a very productive year.

#2 UB Football Game

November 13, 2008 - UB 43, Akron 40

The 5-4 Bulls traveled to the final game in Akron's Rubber Bowl with a lot on the line. With a win, UB would take control of the MAC East title race while winning six games for the first time in UB's FBS history and in doing so would earn bowl eligibility.

The teams combined for 10 drives of 7 or more plays, started by Buffalo's 10 play 71 yard drive to open the game that was capped with a 24-yard Drew Willy to Naaman Roosevelt touchdown. After a drive to the six ended in a blocked A.J. Principe field goal, UB's next trip inside the 10 saw the Bulls pound the rock with James Starks scoring a 3-yard TD. Akron, who missed 2 field goals in the first half, kicked a 49-yard field goal as time expired to cut UB's halftime lead to 7, 17-10.

Akron opened the half with a 7-play 76-yard TD drive to tie the game and UB went up by 7 again early in the fourth quarter on a 5-yard James Starks run that capped a 16-play 89-yard drive. UB was able to hold the lead for most of the fourth quarter, however with 4 minutes remaining in the game, Aekron opened up a drive that tied the game with 20 seconds remaining, sending the game into overtime.

In the first OT, following Akron interference with Ernest Jackson, Drew Willy snuck in from the 1 on 4th and goal. Akron scored sending the game into 2 OT, where the Zips couldn't move the ball but were able to score on a 42-yard field goal. Buffalo needing a TD to win, moved to the 7, but couldn't score a TD and had to settle for a field goal to send the game to a third OT.

In triple overtime, Willy found Roosevelt for 24 yards and Starks finished off the final yard, but the Bulls failed on the mandatory 2-pt conversion. Akron tied the game on 4th and goal from the 1, but was not able to win with a successful 2-pt conversion. In overtime four, UB recovered an Akron fumble setting up a sudden death situation. Playing it safe, the Bulls ran three times gaining only 2 yards relying on a 40 yard A.J. Principe field goal, which was good, giving UB a 43-40 win.