Buffalo Bulls Football came into tonight's game versus the Nevada Wolf Pack in dire straits. The Bulls were coming off one of its worse losses in program history when they were defeated by FCS Albany 22-16. After a week two bye, many expected the Bulls to come out and shake off the cobwebs thanks to having extra time to prepare. Unfortunately, almost nothing went right for Buffalo as Nevada smashed the Bulls into a pulp by a score of 38-14
The first quarter started with the Bulls receiving the ball and having their first chance at redemption from last week's game versus Albany. All looked well when play opened up with Jordan Johnson running the ball but it became the only thing the Bulls did. Minutes into the game, Buffalo had to punt the ball away to Nevada.
The Wolfpack took the opportunity to rattle off an 8 play, 72 yard drive for a touchdown. Buffalo's run defense was absolutely torched in the process. When the Bulls took the field on offense, a much better product ensued with a balanced attack between Tyree Jackson and sophomore running back Johnathan Hawkins. Unfortunately for Buffalo, they were unable to take any of the steam and put into points as Adam Mitcheson failed to make a 43 yard field goal attempt
From this point on, Buffalo's defense did not exist. Nevada's triple option became too much to handle for a defensive line that returns too much talent to play at the abysmal level that they did. At the half, the Wolf Pack had already racked up 214 yards as lead back James Butler brought in 2 touchdowns and 97 yards before the final 30 minutes.
Starting Tyree Jackson — although a popular decision among fans — wasn't the solution to Buffalo's struggles from Albany. The red-shirt freshman only completed 5 of his 17 passes and could not seem to even come close with the deep ball. Something needed to change at the half.
But nothing changed. Buffalo went into the next half looking the same and gave up another touchdown to Nevada's James Butler. The Wolf Pack had eviscerated the Bulls and had a win practically locked up with 24 minutes left of play. Finally, an ever so small glimmer of hope revealed itself as Jordan Johnson brought in a pass from Tyree Jackson for a 57 yard touchdown.
Despite another Jordan Johnson touchdown, Buffalo posed no real threat to Nevada as the second half winded down. The night seemed over for Buffalo as soon as Boise Ross was ejected for an unbearably awful targeting call.
With this loss, the Bulls move to 0-2 overall on the season. Buffalo returns to UB Stadium this upcoming Saturday to take on the Army Black Knights. Game time is 7:00 PM EST and the game will air on ESPN3. More will be said about this game tomorrow.