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NIU Crushes the Buffalo Bulls 44-7

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Before Buffalo fans could even blink the Bulls surrendered a kickoff return for a touchdown and threw two interceptions. Before 10 minutes had went by the Bulls found themselves on the wrong side of a 10-0 score. To their credit the defense did all they could in that span to keep the game from getting out of control.

On NIU's first series Buffalo stuffed the Huskies on a fourth and one and held NIU to a field goal on their second drive.

Buffalo would make it interesting with a 7 play, 90 yard drive which was capped by a Jordan Johnson 29 yard touchdown run. But even though the defense got the ball right back the offense could not capitalize and on NIIU's next possession they drove the ball 41 yards to make the score 17-7.

That exchange seemed to break Buffalo's back in the first half.

NIU would score two more touchdowns, the most painful of which came with 18 seconds left in the half.

UB drove down inside the ten, trying to pull within 10 points by the half but Tyree Jackson's fade pass into the endzone Was intercepted. NIU then marched 80 yards over the UB defense. After a missed extra point the score was 30-0.

What little juice UB's offense had in the first half completely disappeared for most of the third quarter. The first three times UB touched the ball in the second half were three-and-outs which totaled seven yards.

Buffalo did manage to move the ball on their last possession of the 3rd quarter but the drive stalled early in the 4th. A Kyle Deween punt pinned NIU deep inside of their own ten yard line.

The field position did not trouble the Huskies, who took the ball 95 yards in 10 plays to take a 44-7 lead.

Buffalo got their first takeaway late in the 4th when the NIU backup threw an interception on 4th down. Grant Rohach came in to close out the game for Buffalo.