I saw Kent State as a huge trap game for Buffalo. Kent had played some MAC teams tight this year, they secured their first FBS win of the year the week before the teams met, and Buffalo had every reason to be concerning themselves with Ohio, who is next up for UB.
I was wrong...
Either Kent State didn’t show up at all, or Buffalo decided to make a statement that they can start fast, and keep their foot on the gas until the game is over.
UB crushed Kent 48-14, and it really wasn’t even that close. At one point in the third quarter the Bulls had more points than Kent had offensive yards. With the win UB is now 9-1 on the year – its best start in school history.
UB counted the weather by going on the ground with one of their two standout freshman backs. Jaret Patterson scored within the first minute of the game on a 64-yard scamper. UB never looked back.
Buffalo’s offense looked like they were matched up against a High School team. UB scored on their first four drives of the game and five of their first six. UB’s first four scores were runs by four different Bulls. On the night five players would run into the endzone. Patterson(2), Tyree Jackson, Emmanuel Reed, Kevin Marks, and Theo Anderson all found the endzone.
Anthony Johnson caught the only touchdown pass for Buffalo, a quick shot from Jackson gave UB 41-0 lead.
More impressive than the offense was the defense. Even without Khalil Hodge in the first half the Bulls stopped kent quickly on every possession. The Bulls held Kent State to just 34 yards of total offense through the first three quarters. It was so lopsided that Hodge barely saw the field as he had to sit the first quarter and had no reason to be out there in the 4th.
It was the defense’s stout performance that set up the offense on multiple short fields.
Buffalo will travel to Ohio next Wednesday. If UB wins the contest in Athens they will outright win the MAC east, if they fall then Ohio will take the lead in the division with a tie breaker over UB.