The UB offense struggled to turn drives into points and the defense proved no better at stopping Matt Johnson and the Bowling Green attack than anyone else so far this season in today's 28-22 Falcon victory in UB Stadium.
Johnson was 16-19 for 280 yards in the first half alone as Buffalo couldn't stop wide receiver Roger Lewis. Lewis finished with 201 yards receiving and a touchdown on the day.
Once the Bulls fell down 21-3, Buffalo went into the pass-happy mode that we've seen in years past. UB found yards but not points for the second straight week, getting just nine points from five drives that made it inside the Bowling Green 25. The three field goals ended up making the difference for UB as they fell by only 6 points in the end. Matt Weiser continues his strong season with 8 receptions and 90 yards to lead the way for UB.
Likewise, the defense once again found solid adjustments at halftime, holding BGSU to a three and out on their first drive of the second half. The offense also showed signs of life in the third quarter with two drives that lasted 5:16 and 5:23 respectively, but they were only able to come away with a measly field goal after two trips inside the Bowling Green 25.
Joe LIcata threw a brutal interception on the first UB drive, trying for Collin Lisa, but threw directly into double coverage for the easy interception. Then, on the second UB drive of the half, the Bulls marched down to the Bowling Green 10 yard line lead by Anthone Taylor and Jordan Johnson on the ground. But, when UB reached the 10, they abandoned the run and threw 3 straight passes, all fell incomplete.
Bowling Green then zipped 94 yards down the field in just over 2 minutes to score what would ultimately be the final nail in the coffin to put the Falcons up 28-9.
UB finally punched the ball into the endzone on a 4th-and-goal from the 1 yard line after marching 92 yards down the field. The offense was moving the ball well throughout the game with 6 drives of 50 or more yards, but the problem was that the offense, once they crossed over into Bowling Green territory, could not find the endzone until late in the game when the contest was well out of hand.
UB did however, make things very interesting starting with stopping the Bowling Green on 4th down, which led to a quick 62 yard touchdown drive with Licata finding Ron Willoughby in the back corner of the end zone to make it 28-22 with just over 5 minutes remaining in the game.
However, it was too little too late for the offense as Bowling Green marched down the field and ran off the remaining time on the clock. UB falls to 2-3 on the season and will be on the road next week traveling to Central Michigan.