UB Stadium; Buffalo, NY
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Ohio travels to Buffalo Saturday in a battle of two teams coming off lopsided losses.
The Bobcats trailed just 14-7 at intermission thanks, in part, to a defense that held Western Michigan to under 50 yards rushing. The Broncos, however, exploded for over 400 yards rushing in the second half to key a 49-14 victory. That kept WMU undefeated in conference play and handed Ohio (5-2, 2-1 MAC) its first MAC loss.
Buffalo, meanwhile, will try to rebound on home turf after a decisive 51-14 loss at Central Michigan. UB scored an early touchdown to tie the game at 7-all. That turned out to be Buffalo’s only offensive score of the game. Andrews Dadeboe returned an interception 17 yards for a fourth quarter touchdown.
Cooper Rush threw four touchdown passes and ran for another score to pace Central Michigan.
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>> Quarterback Joe Licata completed 13 of 25 for 133 yards with one TD and one interception in the loss to CMU. He is connecting on 61.6 percent of his passes this season and has eight TDs against six interceptions.
>> Anthone Taylor leads Buffalo rushers, averaging 87.7 ypg. He is questionable for Saturday. Jordan Johnson is chipping in at a 50.8 ypg rate.
>> Ron Willoughby has 32 catches for 395 yards with three TDs – all team highs. Matt Weiser owns 29 receptions for 295 yards and one score.
>> Junior Brandon Berry is tied for sixth (MAC) with 54 tackles (9.0 per game)
>> Buffalo is ninth in scoring offense (25.8 ppg) and seventh in scoring defense (26.5 ppg). The Bulls are 10th in total offense (376.5 ypg). They are seventh in total defense (410.8 ypg).
>> UB is ninth in turnover margin (-0.17)
OHIO BOBCATS (5-2, 2-1 MAC)
>> Ohio’s only loss through its first six games was a 27-24 loss at Minnesota. The Gophers scored the decisive TD with 30 seconds remaining.
>> OU tops the entire conference with in turnover margin (+9) (1.29 per game).
>> Ohio has registered 15 sacks for 93 yards (4th MAC).
>> Ohio ranks eighth in scoring (26.7 ppg) and is second in scoring defense (20.4 ppg). It is ninth in total offense (384.9 ypg) and sixth in total defense (369.9 ypg).
>> Quarterback Derrius Vick is ninth in passing average (190.1 ypg) and fifth in pass efficiency.
>> Dazmond Patterson leads Ohio rushers with an average of 43.9 ypg. A.J. Ouelette is averaging 37.1 ypg. Three other players are averaging at least 19.8 ypg.
>> Blair Brown tops Ohio defenders with 49 tackles. He also has 4.5 TFL. Quentin Poling has posted 40 tackles and 4.0 TFL, along with two interceptions. Brown is questionable Saturday, while Poling could be out.
>> Jordan Reid caught seven balls for 109 yards in the loss to WMU. The longest reception went for 51 yards.