Miami used an effective rushing attack and steady defense to beat the Buffalo Bulls in Oxford.
Miami started strong, getting 10 points in the first quarter thanks to a Samuel Sloman field goal and Kenny Young touchdown.
Buffalo got on the board in the second quarter with a Kyle Vantreas to Anthony Johnson touchdown pass. That would end the scoring in the first half and Miami went into the locker room with a 10-7 lead. The two teams combined for 5 three and outs in the half.
Buffalo opened the second half with the ball, but fumbled on the second play. Kenny Young responded immediately by going 35 yards for the touchdown. Miami tacked on another touchdown to go up 24-7.
Then Miami’s Tony Reid made a great interception, using one hand to rip the ball from Anthony Johnson and things looked to be over.
Buffalo scored with 2:52 left to pull to 24-14 and then recovered the onside kick. Miami’s defense held, in large part because of pressure from the defensive line.
For Miami, Billy Bahl was efficient, completing 13 of 20 for 177 yards. Kenny Young ran for 125 yards and a couple of scores.