Coming into the their final game of non-conference play, the Buffalo Bulls sat 1-2 after a strong fourth quarter comeback versus Army capped by a game winning field goal in overtime. Despite the promise this team showed last week, the Bulls could not salvage any real positives in today’s matchup versus Boston College.
Early in the first quarter there were shimmers of light for the Bulls. Defense shined for both teams and it seemed like today would be a punt fest as three-and-outs were common. Being so close to going into the second quarter scoreless, Boston College completed a 44 yard bomb as UB’s Cameron Lewis struggled to make the tackle. The Eagles promptly ran the ball in for a touchdown with ease and the snowball effect started.
The second quarter saw UB’s offense continue to struggle along with their defense. Once again, rush defense was awful, especially when Boise Ross was in charge of making tackles. Boston College started running up the score and by the end of the quarter they had 21 on the board. The only positive to this part of the game at this point was when UB forced a fumble and had it recovered by Ishmael Hargrove. Despite being 12 yards away from the goal line, the Bulls could only bring in a field goal. Entering the half, Buffalo had to make significant adjustments to make any kind of dent into a 21-3 deficit.
The second half opened and Boston College’s offense sputtered through much of the third quarter. Unfortunately, Buffalo had the same problem and a comeback looked bleak. The Bulls did however recover another fumble over BC’s quarterback so you could say the defense — especially the linebackers — was doing their job. Buffalo finished the day with only 72 yards with an offense that barely resembled what we saw a week before. As a result of the bad play, Buffalo dropped this game 35-3.
The Bulls are back in action next Saturday for their first matchup in MAC play versus Kent State. The game starts at 3:30 PM and will air on ESPN3 as per the usual. More will be said of this game in tomorrow’s Good, Bad, Ugly post.