Drew Anderson just set UB’s all time single game passing record. He threw for 596 yards and seven touchdowns but it was not enough for the Bulls to overcome the Western Michigan Broncos.
They were downed 71-68 in the 7th overtime by the Bronco’s. The Bulls gave Western Michigan everything they could handle but in the end they came up just short.
In the four minutes of the game the Bulls gave up a huge touchdown run and then fumbled what would have been a trying touchdown. Finding themselves down 10-0 UB battled back.
A breakdown in Western Michigan’s coverage led to a long Drew Anderson to Jacob Martinez touchdown and a drive on the teams next possession put UB up 14-10 on the defending conference champions.
Western would take the lead into the half thank but the feeling was that UB was going to go toe to to with the Broncos.
In the second half, however, the offense seemed to lost a stop, and the Broncos were able to grind out a score on the UB defense to put themselves up two scores heading into the 4th quarter.
But the defense tightened and Anderson showed what a clutch quarterback he could be. Anderson and the Bulls put together a 96 and 84 yard drives in the fourth quarter to take a 28-24 lead late in the game.
Western Michigan countered with a Jon Wassink pass to Donnie Ernsberger to take a 31-28 lead.
Anderson and the Bulls were once again solid, putting together a four minute 65 yard drive for a game tying field goal attempt. It was a strong call by head coach Lance Leipold given how his place kicker, Adam Mitcheson, has struggled this season.
Mitcheson, who had missed earlier in the game, drove home a 34 yard field goal to tie the game and send it into overtime.
Through six overtimes the teams traded blows. The Bronco’s came close to winning in the 3rd over time when UB fumbled away their first possession only to see WMU miss a game winning field goal.
In the seventh overtime the Bulls had to settle for a field goal and were unable to hold up the Broncos on their possession.
After close losses to two good teams and three wins over lesser opposition there was some question as to who the Buffalo Bulls were this year. If today’s game is any indication the Bulls can given anyone in the conference a run for their money.