Thy came in as heavy favorites and the Buffalo Bulls were up to the task. Behind solid running by both Kevin Marks and Jaret Patterson UB ran all over Bowling Green and a depleted but capable defense bent at times, but ultimately made the big plays needed to stay undefeated.
In the early going Bowling Green kept it interesting.
Following UB’s opening touchdown drive the Falcons marched 50 yards before stalling out and scoring a field goal. After a Buffalo three and out on the next series the Falcons drove 55 yards to line up for a field goal that could have made the score 7-6, but missed wide right.
The next two quarters was the Jaret Patterson show.
UB’s junior running back nearly piled up three hundred yards last season against Bowling Green. This year he got over that hump, piling up 301 rushing yards and scoring four touchdowns.
In the late stages of the game the Bowling Green passing game came to life and accounted for 14 points in the final quarter but by the time the Falcons had woken up the game was well out of reach.
Patterson moved into second place in school history in career rushing, passing James Starks with 3,323 yards. That brings him to within 688 yards of Brandon Oliver which, doing the math, would be:
- 233 yards per game in the final three regular season game
- 172 yards per game if they also play a bowl game
- 137 yards per game if they play in the MAC Championship and a Bowl Game.
But to get to that MAC Championship game UB is going to have to beat Kent next week and the Flashes have been scoring points in buckets. More than 60 points per game against Kent and Bowling Green.
The Flashes are also 3-0 and tied with UB atop the Mid American Conference East division.