Buffalo’s rushing offense dominated the game with 47 carries for 285 yards and 3 touchdowns as the Bulls defeated the Colonials 38-10. Jaret Patterson led the way with 90 yards and a TD on 12 carries.
Buffalo’s Theo Anderson had the first big play of 2019 with a blocked punt after a three-and-out for the Colonials. Three plays and 25 yards later QB Matt Myers ran the ball for the first score of Myers’ career as well as the 2019 season.
Buffalo’s offense relied on a very effective running game to score 28 first-half points, sprinkling in some key passes. Myers threw two first-half TDs on only seven attempts, both to TE Zac Lefebvre.
Robert Morris responded after being down 14-0 with a touchdown of its own by mixing in early-down passes with several runs by Alijah Jackson, who capped off the drive with a 28-yard run through the middle of Buffalo’s defense.
Down 21-7, Robert Morris responded again with an 18-play, 65-yard, 10 minute and 39 second drive for a field goal.
Morris hurt itself on several key plays in the first half including the blocked punt and an encroachment call on a fourth-and-one play inside the Robert Morris ten yard-line which led to a short pass to Lefebvre for a TD.
Buffalo’s defense started the second half with a strip-sack of Colonials QB George Martin by George Koonce which was recovered inside Robert Morris’ 15 yard-line by Taylor Riggins. The turnover was converted into point when Buffalo’s redshirt freshman kicker Alex McNulty drilled a 40-yard field goal.
Buffalo added another touchdown to end the third quarter, capping an impressive 13-play, 93-yard drive with a three-yard run by Ron Cook Jr.
Buffalo used the fourth quarter to gain experience for back-up players. QB Kyle Vantrease played the fourth quarter but did not attempt a pass. Ron Cook Jr. and Theo Anderson finished the contest at RB, combining for 13 carries for 50 yards.
Up next, Buffalo travels to Happy Valley Saturday September 7th to take on the 15th-ranked Penn State Nittany Lions in prime time, 7:30 pm eastern.