It was “not at all what we were expecting. I think we . . .
Nevada (2-1) took its opening possession and drove 72 yards on eight plays. Quarterback Tyler Stewart scrambled into the endzone for a 9-yard score.
The Wolf Pack drove 87 yards on 15 plays and James Butler scored from two yards out at 6:50 to extend the Nevada lead.
Nevada then added another touchdown late in the half when Butler scored on a 4-yard run. Buffalo trailed at the half, 24-0.
Nevada took the second half kickoff and drove 75 yards on 13 plays. Butler scored from a yard out for his third rushing touchdown of the game.
The Bulls got on the board when Jordan Johnson took a Tyree Jackson screen pass and raced 57 yards to the endzone with 3:01 left in the third stanza. However, Nevada answered by driving 75 yards on 15 plays. Stewart hit Wyatt Demps for a 2-yard touchdown.
The Bulls mounted their own 75 yard drive -- on only seven plays -- and Jordan Johnson scored with a 12-yard run to conclude all scoring. He had a 28-yard run earlier on the drive.
The Bulls will return home to host Army on Saturday at UB Stadium. Kickoff is slated for 7 pm.
- Nevada outgained the Bulls, 521-361 in total offense.
- Redshirt quarterback Tyree Jackson earned the first start of his career and finished 7-of-22 for 130 yards and a touchdown and added 87 yards rushing on only eight carries. “He continues to get better,” Leipold said. “You saw what he did in the run game. I don't think he had the throwing day that he or we wanted, but we have to continue to find throws for him.
- Jordan Johnson had 144 yards of total offense and scored two touchdowns. He rushed for 87 yards and added 57 yards receiving.
- Johnathan Hawkins had the most productive game of his career with 53 yards rushing on only nine carries and a team-best three receptions for 13 yards.
- Neither team turned the ball over.
- Khalil Hodge racked up a career-high 17 tackles. Ryan Williamson added 10 tackles and Ishmael Hargrove andTim Roberts each nine.
- Joe Keels and Tatum Slack each had a tackle for loss in the game.
- Walk-on punter Tyler DeWeen had another solid game with six punts for a 42.7 yard average.
- Buffalo rushed for a season-high 231 yards. It was the second straight games the Bulls went over 200 yards rushing – a first since the 2014 campaign.
- Nevada was able to sustain long scoring drives. The Wolf Pack had five touchdown drives of 72 yards or more.
- Khalil Hodge's 17 tackles were the most by a UB player since Nick Gilbo had 19 against Northern Illinois last season.