Behind a solid day on the ground from Sophomore Jaret Patterson the Buffalo Bulls defeated the Charlotte 49ers to win the Makers Wanted Bahamas Bowl. It was the programs first ever victory in a Bowl Game.
After stopping Charlotte on the games opening drive the Bulls took the ball down field and scored on a beautiful fade pass from Kyle Vantrease to Antonio Nunn. After that drive the Bulls would never trail.
Buffalo had built up a 14-0 lead late in the first half when a late interception by James Patterson put the UB in field goal range. Alex McNulty nailed a 31 yard field goal to send the game into the half with the Bulls up 17-0.
After trading fruitless drives in the Second half UB got the ball on the 45 yard line and drove down to the red zone, where Patterson drove in the ball; from six yards out.
The Charlotte offense would wake up. Chris Reynolds hit Victor Tucker in the middle of the defense. Tucker made a man miss around the 30, and took the ball in for the 49ers first points.
The 9ers would tuck on a field goal on their next drive to close to within 24-9, but that’s as close as they would get. On UB’s next drive, Buffalo faced a 3rd and 18 when Kyle Vantrease executed a perfect delay draw play to Jaret Patterson who ran for 19 yards.
That play proved a back breaker.
UB would finish the drive off with a 7 yard run from Paterson into the endzone.
Patterson finished with 173 yards on the ground, a school record for Bowl Games, and he was names the MVP.