With nothing to lose, the 2-9 Buffalo Bulls would take on the 3-8 Bowling Green Falcons for an opportunity to get a late season win. Despite flashes of good offense and defense, Buffalo wouldn’t be able to get the job done due to many of the same problems that have plagued their season. Finishing the year with a 2-10 record, the Bulls lost this one 27-19.
Like most of this season, Buffalo was burned early on defense. Bowling Green drove the ball down the field for 60 yards on a quick eight play drive, putting the Falcons up 7-0. The Bulls continued to struggle on offense, trading drives with the Falcons. Finally, Buffalo would get on the board thanks to a 38 yard touchdown drive from Jordan Johnson.
After a blocked PAT, it looked like the Bulls were going to escape the first half with a slim 7-6 deficit. But, Buffalo’s rush defense — which has had problems all season — would give up a 52 yard touchdown run on the ensuring drive. Putting the Falcons up 14-6.
With time against them, Buffalo put together another quick drive to try and one-up the Falcons. Grant Rohach soon connected with Jacob Martinez for a 31 yard touchdown pass. Despite failing at the two-point conversion, Buffalo was right back into the hunt with a 14-12 deficit.
The second half did not play out well for Buffalo. After another big 25 yard catch by Jacob Martinez, the Bulls were unable to capitalize on almost being in scoring range and the drive amounted to nothing. Bowling Green then drove down the field before being stopped by Buffalo for just a field goal, giving the Falcons a 17-12 advantage.
Still within a single possession, Buffalo’s next drive was cut short. Jordan Johnson would fumble the ball followed by a Bowling Green recovery. The Falcons took advantage and were able to chip in another field goal to have an even larger surplus in scoring heading into the fourth quarter.
With 15 minutes left in UB’s season, Buffalo clearly looked out of steam. Bowling Green would score in the opening minutes of the fourth quarter and all but sealed the game from Buffalo’s grasp. UB would perform in garbage time, but it wouldn’t be enough.
Jacob Martinez was the Bulls’ best performer in this game. The junior had 92 yards and a touchdown. Jordan Johnson also had a solid performance in his final game donning the Blue and White. Johnson finished the night with 76 yards and a touchdown.
With the loss, Buffalo finishes their season with a 2-10 overall record, the worst record since Jeff Quinn’s 2010 squad. Buffalo will have to take a long hard look at themselves to improve on one of the worst seasons ever in their history as a football program.