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Bulls hang close, fall to the Gophers 17-7

NCAA Football: Buffalo at Minnesota Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports

As Buffalo opened up the season the offense clearly had some rust to shake off. The Bulls went three and out on their first two drives and then missed a field goal on the third. While this was going on P.J. Fleck and the Gophers turned a blown coverage into a 61 yard touchdown pass.

But as the Quarter wore on the Bulls started to get Anthony Johnson into the mix. Johnson had back to back catches (50,16) which capped a 68 yard scoring drive to tie the game.

Minnesota added another score near the end of the first and were closing in on one near the half when Conor Rhoda tried to sneak a pass into the corner of the endzone. Cameron Lewis was waiting and ended the scoring threat.

The Bulls traded punches with Minnesota throughout the third quarter, at one point the Gophers looked to extend theirl lead with a field goal but they were unable to connect.

Khalil Hodge was everywhere, keeping the Bulls in the game with 20 tackles. But it was not enough.

Despite the close score the yardage difference on the ground was almost 4:1 and that helped the Gophers drive down for a late field goal, making it a two score game for the first time with 2:05 left in the game.

The Bulls were unable to do anything with their final drive allowing the Gophers to take a knee to end the game.