Knowing they needed a win to extend their season, the Buffalo Bulls defeated the Ohio Bobcats, 31-24, thanks to a touchdown in the final quarter by Emmanuel Reed.
For just the third time since they returned to Division I football, the Buffalo Bulls are eligible for postseason play.
With the game knotted up at 24 apiece, the Bulls found a way to stop Ohio at all costs in the fourth quarter. Kyle DeWeen began the Bulls rally by pinning the Bobcats deep at the five-yard line. Ohio couldn’t muster any offense against the wind and punted after three plays.
KJ Osborn took advantage and returned the punt all the way to the six-yard line. UB’s offense didn’t waste the perfect scoring opportunity as Tyree Jackson handed the ball off to Reed twice and for the winning touchdown.
A scare for the Bulls followed as Ohio drove down the field. Jordan Collier managed an interception, but it was called back after a roughing-the-passer penalty. With the clock winding down, the Bobcats quickly found themselves in the red zone.
Enter: Khalil Hodge.
Following a seven-yard sack by Ishmael Hargrove, Hodge snatched a pass from Bobcats QB Nathan Rourke in the end zone and sealed Ohio’s day.
The final drives capped off an up-and-down day for the Bulls. UB quickly found themselves with a 24-7 lead after one quarter thanks to long-yardage catches from Anthony Johnson. Chuck Harris also had a 20-yard fumble recovery for a touchdown.
And although the Bulls stalled until the fourth quarter arrived, they never withered under pressure like all season.
Football is indeed football.
Ed. Note: Tim will have a bowl projections post later tonight