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Buffalo vs. San Diego State: 2013 Famous Idaho Potato Bowl

The Bulls are going bowling. For only the second time in program history Buffalo is playing in a bowl game, this time out in sunny Boise. Joe Licata and Brandon Oliver are taking on a San Diego State team that at times showed flashes of being a real threat in the MWC, but ultimately middled around. Can Khalil Mack cap off his career with a bowl win?

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Muema Leads Aztecs' 49-24 Rout Of Buffalo

The Bulls blocked an Aztecs field goal attempt on the first possession of the game, but that was the high point of the contest for Buffalo. The Bulls are still looking for their first-ever bowl victory, and the MAC will continue to seek its first bowl win of 2013.

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FINAL: San Diego State 49, Buffalo 24

Mercifully, the fourth quarter of this game was quick.  Some garbage-time touchdowns were scored, and when the scoreboard clock showed all zeroes, the San Diego St. Aztecs had defeated the Buffalo Bulls 49-24.

Want to know about this game?  There were 21 penalties (8 by Buffalo, 13 by San Diego State), four turnovers (3 UB, 1 SDSU) and three blocked kicks (1 UB, 2 SDSU).

Buffalo was outgained 462-309, and much of that yardage was gained after the Bulls fell behind 42-10 in the third quarter.  The primary discrepancy was on the ground, where the Aztecs gained 251 yards to just 113 by Buffalo.

Joe Licata completed just 13 of 30 passes for Buffalo.  The 13 completions went for 196 yards, three touchdowns and one interceptions; however, two of the three touchdowns came in the fourth quarter.  Branden Oliver carried the ball 28 times for 114 yards and caught three balls for 22 yards and a touchdown.  Alex Neutz (three catches, 77 yards) and Fred Lee (four catches, 48 yards) also had touchdown receptions.

For San Diego State, Quinn Kaehler threw for 211 yards and two touchdowns by completing 15 of 28 passes.  Running back Adam Muema was the star of the game, as he compiled 229 yards and three touchdowns on 28 runs.  Ezell Ruffin caught five passes for 75 yards to lead the Aztecs in both categories.

Khalil Mack was held largely in check and had no sacks during today's game.

Each team completes their season with an 8-5 record.

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Third Quarter Update: San Diego State 42, Buffalo

After three quarters, the Buffalo Bulls trail the San Diego St. Aztecs 42-10 in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl.

Not much really needs to be said about this game.  Buffalo is doing nothing on offense and has been victimized by three turnovers and two blocked punts.  They also can't stop San Diego State's offense, as the Aztecs scored their six touchdowns in a stretch of seven possessions.

Buffalo fumbled the opening kickoff of the second half, and SDSU took that into the end zone on a Quinn Kaehler pass to Adam Roberts.  They scored again after a Buffalo punt, when Chad Young ran up the middle for a one-yard touchdown.

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Halftime Update: San Diego State 28, Buffalo 10

The San Diego St. Aztecs lead the Buffalo Bulls at halftime, 28-10.  Honestly, it could be even worse.  Buffalo has managed to force a turnover, blocked a field goal, held SDSU on downs while deep in Buffalo territory, and watched as a long kickoff return for the Aztecs was called back due to a penalty.

Buffalo had actually cut the lead to 14-10 in the middle of the second quarter, but by-and-large, SDSU dominated.  In particular, the Bulls' offense struggled.  They gained only 160 yards of offense in the first half (108 passing, 52 rushing) and gave up 289.  Joe Licata completed just seven of 18 passes and threw an interception (he also had a touchdown pass).  Branden Oliver carried the ball 15 times for just 49 yards, and his longest run was only seven.

It should be noted that 51 of Buffalo's yards came on the final play of the first half, which was a Licata deep pass to Alex Neutz.

Aztecs' quarterback Quinn Kaehler was 10-for-19 with 171 yards and a touchdown passing, while Adam Muema recorded 92 rushing yards and two touchdowns in just 13 carries.  Kaehler also had a rushing score.  Three different receivers had a catch over 25 yards.

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First Quarter Update: San Diego State 7, Buffalo 0

The San Diego St. Aztecs lead the Buffalo Bulls 7-0 after one quarter of the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl, but the score doesn't really reflect the true action of the game.

The Aztecs outgained the Bulls 154-22 in the quarter and had seven first downs to none for Buffalo.  Joe Licata was just 1-for-5 in the air, and Branden Oliver carried six times for just 19 yards.  Buffalo also had a punt blocked by San Diego State.

However, the Bulls blocked a field goal attempt and recovered a fumble on their side of the field.  They also held the Aztecs on downs inside the Buffalo 25.

At this point, the Bulls are fortunate to only be down by one score, but they better get things going soon or this game could get out of control.

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Spread Offense: The Famous Idaho Potato Bowl

Tis' the season. Betting, Bowling, Bulls!

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Buffalo To Play SDSU In Famous Idaho Potato Bowl

The Bulls are going bowling. Hope Buffalo fans like potatoes.

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