Peden Stadium – Athens, OH
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Two teams coming off big wins will collide Thursday when Ohio’s Bobcats host the Buffalo Bulls.
At the rate Buffalo was going, any win would have been notable. The Bulls had lost four straight heading into last week’s home game against MAC East co-leader Akron. UB had just one victory for the entire season, but it doubled up its wins by doubling up Akron, 41-20.
Ohio, for its part, overcame . . .
Here’s more on the two teams:
BUFFALO BULLS (2-6, 1-3)
►Since joining the MAC in 1999, the Bulls are 1-8 at Peden Stadium, with the lone win coming in 2008. The home team has won the last six meetings.
► The Bulls rushed for 378 yards in their win over Akron. It was their most ever as an FBS program. It was especially impressive given that UB had rushed for a combined 430 yards over the previous four games. Moreover, the four rushing TDs against Akron were only one fewer than Buffalo’s total over the first seven outings.
► Jordan Jackson’s 282 yards rushing was a school record.
► Redshirt freshman quarterback Tyree Jackson has been a part – passing or running – on 13 of UB’s 17 touchdons on the season.
► Jackson completed just 7 of 21 for 140 yards with one TD and one interception against Akron. His best passing game was against Ball State when he hit 28 of 46 attempts for 306 yards with three touchdowns.
► While Johnson leads the Bulls rushin with 123 carries for 725 yards (5 TDs), Jackson owns 78 carries for 348 yards and the other five UB rushing TDs.
► Mason Shreck and Marcus McGill have combined for 55 receptions and 655 yards. Schreck has three receiving TDs, half of the team total.
► Buffalo ranks first in the MAC and third in the nation in pass defense, allowing 158.3 ypg. Of course, the flip side of that coin is that the Bulls are last among MAC teams in rushing defense (269.0 ypg)
► Despite the 41 points against Akron, Buffalo remains last in scoring offense (18.1 ppg).
► Buffalo is tied with Toledo for eighth in Turnover Margin (-0.38). Ohio is tied for second (along with Kent State) with +7 overall and an average of +0.78 per game.
► Sophomore linebacker Khalil Hodge leads Buffalo with 93 tackles, including 6.0 tfl. Senior DL Brandon Crawford owns a team high 8.0 tfl.
OHIO BOBCATS (6-3, 4-1)
► Two of Ohio’s three losses have come on the home turf. The ‘Cats lost their opener against Texas State, 56-54, in three overtimes. Eastern Michigan edged OU, 27-20, on Oct. 15.
► Redshirt freshman quarterback Quinton Maxwell is slated to start this week. Both he and Greg Windham saw action against Toledo. Maxwell finished 7 of 16 for 159 yards 2 TDs. He has completed 61.0 percent of his passes on the season.
► Junior Dorian Brown had a huge night against Toledo, gaining 213 yards with one TD on 29 trips. He has provided 416 yards in the last three contests, averaging 7.5 ypc over that span.
► Sebastian Smith leads Ohio receivers. He has 40 receptions for 652 yards and four TDs. Jordan Reid owns 32 catches for 351 yards and three scores.
► Ohio ranks 12th nationally in sacks (3.2 per game. DL Tarell Basham ranks second in the MAC and is 18th nationally in sacks. He needs 1.5 more sacks to tie the single season record at Ohio.
► The win at Toledo made Ohio bowl eligible for the eighth straight season.