Last season Buffalo ran into a buzz saw when they flew down to Oxford to take on Miami. The Bulls were beaten and their starting quarterback was put out of the game for the season. In came Kyle Vantrease who finsihed the season as UB’s starting quarterback.
After tonight’s game Miami probably wishes that KVT was still on the sideline.
Vantrease got a bowl win for Buffalo last season by making great decisions and playing within himself. He never put up amazing numbers but was always managing a running back powered offense.
Tonight he threw for four touchdowns and more than 350 yards as the Bulls pummeled Miami to go 2-0 in the abbreviated six game season.
The Bulls started slow, and were helped greatly by Miami receivers dropping open deep balls, but the second half was all Buffalo.
The Bulls and Miami traded four unsuccessful drives in the first quarter. Miami just missing out on a deep pass dropped by James Burns.
Miami’s last drive of the first quarter ended with a missed field goal that set UB up at their own 25 yard line.
Kevin Marks 30 yard run was the big play on the ensuing 75 yard drive that ended with a Jaret Patterson touchdown run to put the Bulls up 7-0.
On the next drive Miami stalled near midfield and facing a strong pass rush AJ Mayer heaved up a prayer which landed in the hands of UB’s Roy Baker.
UB wasted no time taking advantage with KVT hitting Trevor Wilson for 78 yards and a touchdown.
Miami answered a few possessions later and the teams went into the half with Buffalo up 14-7, and the Bulls were set to take the second half kickoff.
The game got out of hand quickly in the second half. UB found the endzone on their first four drives and Miami managed only one first down. By the time Miami stopped the bleeding with a long drive for a field goal the RedHawks were down 42-10 with just ten minutes left in the game.
Miami Actually did a very good job locking Patterson down. The MAC’s best running back was held to just 73 yards on 20 carries. His longest run on the night was a 15 yard scamper.
The lack of production from Patterson was made up for by Kevin Marks who ran for 109 yards on 16 carries and of course KVT who passed for 353 yards and four touchdowns before handing the offense over to Matt Myers late in the fourth quarter.
With the win Buffalo goes to 2-0 and is tied with Kent State. Their next game is against Bowling Green. Kent takes on Akron next week. Both teams could be 3-0 when they meet in week four.