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Kent State defeats the Buffalo Bulls 44-20


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The Buffalo Bulls offensive drought continued and visiting Kent State took full advantage of UB's problems during their 44-20 victory over UB today. With the loss UB drops to 1-4 on the season, 0-1 in conference play, and 1-2 at UB stadium.

Kent was the beneficiary of some favorable early calls, such as an official missing Nick Holley's knee being down early during a 65 yard run to set up Kent's first score of the game. But the real help for Kent came from the Bulls who's offense could not move the ball early and who's defense and special teams allowed several big momentum killing plays.

The biggest swing in momentum came after the Bulls had scored points, stopped Kent, and looked to close the gap before half time. A fumble by Jordan Johnson was scooped up by Kent's James Alexander and taken nine yards for a touchdown. That made the score 20-3 going into the half.

Buffalo opened up with a 41 yard drive in the second capped off by an Adam Mitcheson 41 yard field goal. After closing the gap to two scores, and forcing a punt UB would miss a 46 yard field goal, handing momentum back to Kent.

Kent took the ball 71 yards in 12 plays to extend their lead to 27-6 after Nick Holley scored his third of four running touchdowns on the game.

UB's offense finally showed up in force, scoring their first touchdown on a 12 play, 75 yard drive early in the 4th but the defense could not stop Kent's offense late in the game. The two teams began trading touchdowns, with Nick Holly and Kent running all over the Bulls in the 4th.

When the score was 41-20 Buffalo gambled on a 4th down with less then five minutes left and Kent started to send in their substitutes to close the game.

UB's next game is next Saturday, at home, against the Ball State Cardinals.