Bulls Play Road Finale at Ball State on Thursday Night



Buffalo (4-6, 2-4 MAC) at Ball State (2-8, 0-6 MAC)
November 16, 2017
Schuemann Stadium - 7:00 pm

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• Buffalo trails the all-time series with Ball State, 9-1. The Bulls' lone win was in the 2008 Mid-American Conference Championship.

• The Bulls are in search of their first win at Ball State. Buffalo is 0-4 all-time at Schuemann Stadium. 

• This is only Buffalo's fourth trip to Ball State since joining the Mid-American Conference in 1999 and first since 2011.

• Buffalo is 154 passing yards shy of becoming just the fourth team in school history to throw for 3,000 yards in a single season.

Khalil Hodge, who already holds the FBS-era record for single-season tackles with 129, is eight tackles shy of passing Craig Guest for fourth overall in school history.

Anthony Johnson leads the MAC and ranks fifth in the nation in receiving yards with 1,048 on the season.

Anthony Johnson is 11 yards shy of moving past Drew Haddad for third in school history in single-season receiving yards.

• Buffalo's six losses this season are by a total of only 29 points. Their four MAC losses are by a total of only 15 points.

• The Bulls have scored 96 first-quarter points this season and have scored first-quarter points in nine of the ten games. Last season, UB scored 10 first-quarter points all year.

Tyree Jackson has thrown for 300+ yards in consecutive games. No quarterback in school history has thrown for 300+ yards in three straight games.

Bulls Play Road Finale at Ball State on Thursday Night
The University at Buffalo football team will play its final road game of the season when it visits Ball State on Thursday night.       

The Bulls are 4-6 overall and 2-4 in the MAC and are coming off a 38-28 win over Bowling Green last Tuesday night. Tyree Jackson threw for a career-high 406 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Bulls. 

Ball State  is 2-8 overall and 0-6 in the MAC and is coming off a 63-17 loss at Northern Illinois on Thursday. The Cardinals are led by defensive end Anthony Winbush who has 10.5 sacks on the season.

Ball State leads the all-time series, 9-1. The Cardinals won the last meeting, 31-21, at UB Stadium last season.

Tyree Jackson returned from missing four games due to injury against Akron on Oct. 28 and has been putting up career numbers since.

Against Akron, Jackson went 34-for-50 for 313 yards. The 34 completions were not only a career high, but were two shy of the single-game school record.

Against Bowling Green, Jackson had the best game of his career. The sophomore signal-caller finished 23-of-37 for a career-best 406 yards and three touchdowns, also a career high. He became just the fifth quarterback in the Bulls' FBS era (since 1999) to throw for 400 yards in a game. 

Passing the Test
Buffalo has 2,846 passing yards on the season. The Bulls are 154 yards shy of becoming just the fourth team in school history to throw for 3,000 yards in a single season. The single-season record of 3,326 passing yards was set in 2008 over 14 games.

AJ Can Play
Anthony Johnson isn't even through his first season with the Bulls and he is already being mentioned in the same breath as some of UB's all-time greats. Johnson leads the Bulls with 63 catches for 1,048 yards and eight touchdowns. His yardage total leads the MAC and ranks fifth in the nation.

Johnson is the first player in school history with four games of 140+ receiving yards in a single-season.

He has had two 11-catch games on the season. He is just the second player in school history with multiple games of 11+ catches. Drew Haddad (1996-99) had three games with 11+ catches over his four-year career.

Johnson tied Drew Haddad as the fastest player in school history to reach 1,000 yards receiving in a season (10 games). He became just the fourth player in school history to reach the 1,000-yard plateau.

Running of the Bulls
Getting the running game going is key to the success of the Bulls. Buffalo rushed for over 175 yards in each of its four wins, Colgate (302), FAU (204), Kent State (235) and Bowling Green (176). The Bulls are 0-6 in games they rush for less 175 yards.

Hodge Ball
Khalil Hodge leads the MAC and ranks second in the nation in tackles, averaging 12.9 tackles per game. He has 37 more tackles than the player ranked second in the MAC. Hodge set the FBS-era record for single-season tackles with 129.

The junior linebacker already has four games with over 17 tackles - 20 vs. Minnesota, 17 vs. FAU, 18 vs. Western Michigan and 19 vs. Northern Illinois.  

Against Minnesota, the junior linebacker recorded a career-high 20 tackles. It was the most tackles in a game by a UB player since Davonte Shannon had 20 against Army in 2008.

Twice this season, Hodge has been named the MAC East Division Defensive Player of the Week - on Sept. 4 and Oct. 16.

QB Shuffle
Injuries have forced head coach Lance Leipold to start three different quarterbacks this season.

Tyree Jackson was back under center at Akron after starting the first four games of the season. He has thrown for 1,452 yards and six touchdowns and rushed for 220 yards and four more scores this season.

Drew Anderson made three starts before getting hurt during the Northern Illinois game. He threw for 1,039 yards and 10 touchdowns during his time under center.

True freshman Kyle Vantrease made his first career start at Miami (OH) on Oct. 21, becoming the first true freshman to start at quarterback for the Bulls since Drew Willy in 2005. Vantrease went 12-for-41 for 202 yards with two touchdowns and an interception against the RedHawks.

You have to go back to 2004 for the last time UB started three different quarterbacks in a single season. P.J. Piskorik (5 games), Randall Secky (4 games) and Chris Moore (2 games) all started for the Bulls in 2004.

If you total up the three quarterback's numbers on the season, their combined 2,846 yards passing would ranked second in the Mid-American Conference. 

Big Play Bulls
Through 10 games, the Bulls have recorded 15 plays of 45 or more yards. This is a stark difference from a season ago when Buffalo had only five plays of 45+ yards all year.

What's more, the plays have been coming from a number of different players. The 15 45+-yard plays have come from nine different players.        

Junior wide receiver Anthony Johnson has played a major role in this as he has made a big play in five different games. He had a 50-yard catch at Minnesota, a 52-yard catch at Army, a 46-yard grab against Colgate, a 53-yard catch against Western Michigan, a 47-yard reception against Northern Illinois and a 69-yard TD reception against Bowling Green.

Off to a Good Start
A season ago, the Bulls scored a total of 10 points in the first quarter of games. This year, Buffalo has gotten off to much better starts, scoring in the first quarter in all but one game so far. The Bulls have scored a total of 96 points in the first quarter of games this season.

The Bulls are averaging 9.6 points in the first quarter of games this year. They have posted first-quarter points in nine of ten games this season and have scored at least 14 points in the first quarter in four games. 

Against Bowling Green, UB scored 21 points in the first quarter, the most it scored in the first quarter of a game since scoring 21 at Temple in 2007. 

Offensive Line Named to Joe Moore Award Mid-Season Watch List
Buffalo's offensive line has been impressive all season and has gotten better as the year has progressed. The Bulls have run 342 pass plays on the season and have only allowed 13 sacks - the fewest in the MAC.

The o-line was one of 16 teams named to the Joe Moore Award Mid-Season Watch List. It's an award given to the nation's best offensive line unit. In addition, PFF College Football lists UB center James O'Hagan as the nation's top center when it comes not allowing a quarterback pressure.

Reed All About It
Emmanuel Reed is having a breakout season for the Bulls. The sophomore running  back has posted 100-yard rushing games four times this season. He rushed for 120 yards and a touchdown against Colgate; 107 yards against Florida Atlantic ,144 yards at Kent State and 116 yards at Akron.

He is he first UB running back since Anthone Taylor in 2014 to have four 100-yard rushing games in the same season.

Reed was named the Mid-American Conference East Division Offensive Player of the Week on Monday for his performance against Kent State.

Oh, What A Night
Buffalo's game vs. Western Michigan will go down as one of the most memorable games in UB football history. The Broncos defeated the Bulls, 71-68, in seven overtimes.

Here are a few numbers from that record-setting night.
    • Total elapsed time: 4:31   
    • The 139 combined points were the most in FBS history
    • The score was 40-37 after regulation ended and would have been the 7th-highest-scoring game in the nation, just on overtime points alone.
    • 19 touchdowns scored by both teams
    • 10 lead changes, counting overtime
    • Buffalo's 9 TDs were the most in school history
    • 683 total yards of offense were the most in school history
    • UB had four pass plays of 53 yards or longer
    • Buffalo's 68 points were the most in NCAA history by a losing team.

100 x 3
For the first time in school history the Bulls had three different players go over 100 yards receiving in the same game when they played Western Michigan on Oct. 7. Anthony Johnson had 11 catches for 195 yards and two touchdowns; Kamathi Holsey had six receptions for 143 yards and a score and K.J. Osborn had seven catches for 138 yards and three touchdowns.

Charles in Charge
Chuck Harris is making the most of his first season as a starter. The junior defensive end ranks fifth on the team in tackles with 53. He has easily surpassed his season total of 18 tackles over 12 games in 2016.

Harris has posted at least five tackles in eight of ten games this season. He had a career-high eight tackles at Army on Sept. 9.

Roberts Named Semifinalist for Campbell Trophy
Senior safety Tim Roberts has been named a semifinalist for the 2017 William V. Campbell Trophy, the National Football Foundation announced on Sept. 27. Considered by many to be the "Academic Heisman," the Campbell Trophy recognizes an individual as the absolute best football scholar-athlete in the nation.

Roberts is a social science interdisciplinary major with a 3.68 grade point average. A second-year starter for the Bulls, he ranks sixth on the team in tackles with 52, including a tackle for loss. For his career, Roberts has 116 tackles and three interceptions.

Of the 181 semifinalists, Roberts is one of 71 from the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) and one of eight from the Mid-American Conference.

O'Hagan Named to Rimington Trophy Watch List

James O'Hagan was named to the Rimington Trophy Watch List. The award is giving annually to the nation's top center. This is the second straight year UB's junior center has been named to the watch list.
O'Hagan is coming off the best season of his career. He started all 12 games of 2016 and was named All-MAC Third Team. O'Hagan has been the anchor of the Bulls' offensive over the past two season, starting all 24 games. 

Mitch Perfect
Kicker Adam Mitcheson was named the Mid-American Conference East Division Special Teams Player of the Week after a solid performance in Buffalo's win over Florida Atlantic.
Mitcheson made both of his field goal attempts in the victory. The junior kicker made a 23-yarder as time expired in the first half to tie the game at 17. He then made a clutch 42-yard field goal in the fourth quarter. His season-long field goal extended the UB lead to 27-17 with 10:54 left in the game. Mitcheson was also a perfect 4-for-4 on extra points in the game.
Fake News
For the second straight season, the Bulls will play every game on artificial turf. Buffalo is one of 18 teams that will play all its games on artificial turf this season. Ohio State, Washington State, Kansas State, Wyoming, Utah State, Air Force, UNLV, Central Michigan, Eastern Michigan, Ball State, Miami (Ohio), Western Kentucky, Charlotte, UT-San Antonio, Arkansas State, Idaho and Coastal Carolina will also play all of its games on turf.   
Bulls Add Grad Transfer from Cal
Defensive end Kennedy Emesibe has joined the team as a graduate transfer. Emesibe joined the Bulls after spending three seasons with the Cal Bears. Emesibe was a reserve defensive end for the Bears after a standout high school career in which he was ranked the 35th best defensive end in the nation his senior season.   
Team Captains Named
Five players were voted team captains for the 2017 season. Players voted senior wide receiver Jamarl Eiland, senior linebacker Jarrett Franklin, senior defensive end Demone Harris, junior linebacker Khalil Hodge and junior center James O'Hagan were voted captains for the upcoming season.
It's All Relative
The UB football team features a pair of players related to two of the top five picks in the 2014 NFL Draft. Junior wide receiver Anthony Johnson is the cousin of top pick Jadeveon Clowney. Junior linebacker Ledarius Mack is the younger brother of former UB All-American and fifth pick Khalil Mack.
On The Airwaves
Again this season, University at Buffalo football can be heard locally on ESPN 1520, a 50,000-watt station with one of the strongest signals in the nation. The Bulls can also be heard on 1280 AM in Rochester.  
Calling all the play-by-play action of Bulls football for his 18th year, and 10th consecutive, will be Paul Peck. Scott Wilson will serve as analyst after previously serving as sideline reporter. Brad Riter also returns as game host. 
Again this season, the UB Football postgame show will take place at Santora's on Millersport with host Bob Gaughan.
Peck hosts the UB Football Insider with Lance Leipold on Monday nights at 5:30 pm. The show air on ESPN 1520 and be broadcast live from the Santora's Transit Road location.
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