This was the first fair and honest test to determine where in the division hierarchy Buffalo is sitting at this season. And the Bulls, particularly on offense, came up short.
Mid way through the second quarter the Bulls were sitting on a 14-3 lead, but that was a deceptive score based on one quick strike drive and a long Patterson run.
Miami’s defensive scheme prevented UB from sustaining a drive the entire day and it created a field position imbalance that even solid defensive play couldn’t overcome.
The Bulls were able to move the ball, but unlike last week against Temple the Bulls couldn’t string together long time consuming drives that would wear down a defense.
They front loaded the defense and ran solid run blitzing to keep UB at third and longs and then they dialed up the pressure and completely overwhelmed the UB line, punishing Matt Myres they entire day.
The result was a terrible day for Buffalo’s freshman quarterback who was eventually pulled after going 4 four 16 and putting up two interceptions, one of which was a pick six.
Buffalo out gained Miami by almost 100 yards but UB’s short drives, turnovers, and bad coverage on special teams put Miami on a short field most of the day.
Miami’s scores came on drives of 14, 46, 0, 39, and 67 yards.
Buffalo’s had to move much further. 61, 88, and 75.
UB is now 2-3 on the season and have a date against Ohio, the preseason favorite to win the Conference, next week.