Buffalo scored just one offensive touchdown in the contest, but got two field goals from Adam Mitcheson (19, 35) and also capitalized on FAU turnovers. The Bulls returned three fumbles for a total of 105 yards with two touchdowns. They also had two interceptions, returning one for a TD.
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Trvi Pitzonka’s 60-yard fumble recovery and run with 1:11 left before intermission made it a 9-7 FAU lead at the break.
After Mitcheson’s first field goal gave the visitors a 10-9 led, Boise Ross picked off a Driskel pass on the next play from scrimmage. Ross’ 39-yard return for a score left UB in front, 17-9.
A 51-yard punt on Buffalo’s next possession was downed at the FAU one. Nick Gilbo then tackled Greg Howell in the end zone on the next play for a safety.
Buffalo’s only offensive score came on a 19-yard run by Jordan Johnson with 2:54 remaining in the third quarter. Brandon Crawford provided the game’s final points by returning an Owls fumble 11 yards for a touchdown with 5:40 remaining.
Buffalo totaled just 223 yards of total offense. Florida Atlantic, which had 20 more plays from scrimmage, owned 360 yards. All four Owls turnovers were returned for touchdowns.
Anthone Taylor led UB rushers with 17 carries for 77 yards. Joe Licata completed 9 of 18 passes with one interception. No Bulls receiver had more than two catches.
Buffalo returns to action Saturday, when the Bulls host Nevada (3:30 p.m. ET)