The victory also pushed the Bulls back to .500 in league play, as they’re now 2-2 in Mid-American Conference action. UB has also now put together back-to-back wins for the first time this season, as they shut Akron out 21-0 on the road last weekend.
Thanks to a few turnovers from Central Michigan, it took just one quarter for the Bulls to take control of the game. After trailing 7-3 through the first quarter of play, the Buffalo offense put up four touchdowns in the second frame and held a commanding 30-14 lead at halftime.
Marks finished the game with 49 yards on 21 carries to go with his touchdown. His partner in the backfield, Patterson, turned in another dominant performance, leading the Bulls in rushing with 151 yards on 28 touches to go along with his one score.
Things didn’t get much better for the visitors in the second half. After forcing a three-and-out from the UB offense on the opening drive of the third quarter, Central Michigan’s Demarcus Governor mishandled a Jackson Baltar punt and Buffalo’s Evan Davis recovered the ball at the Chippewas’ 32-yard line.
Ironically, Alonzo McCoy got the ball back for Central Michigan when he intercepted a Vantrease pass on the very next play. In the midst of getting tackled, McCoy ended up pitching the ball back to teammate Michael Oliver, who ran it all the way to the Bulls’ end zone, but McCoy was eventually ruled down, nixing, what would’ve been, a huge confidence boost for the Chippewas.
Central Michigan didn’t end up gaining any momentum from the forced turnover. The Chippewa offense went three-and-out once again following a big sack by Riggins and was forced to punt the ball back to the Bulls.
The Chippewas had a chance to cut into the 33-14 Buffalo lead late in the third quarter after putting together a solid drive that got them inside the Bulls’ red zone. However, the Buffalo defense stood tall and came up with a big stop on a 4th-and-short at its own 18-yard line, putting a halt on any gain in momentum for Central Michigan.
Buffalo stayed the course and made sure there wasn’t any chance for a Central Michigan comeback in the fourth quarter. Linebacker Kadofi Wright put the game away when he returned an interception 40 yards to the end zone to put the Bulls up 43-20. The junior’s touchdown capped off a strong showing from the UB defense, in which the unit forced four turnovers (two interceptions and two fumbles), recorded four sacks, and forced four three-and-outs.
The Bulls are back on the road next weekend, as they’ll head to Ypsilanti for a matchup with Eastern Michigan on Saturday. Kickoff is scheduled for 12 p.m. and will be televised on ESPNU. You can also listen to the game, along with pre-game and post-game coverage, on the radio home of the UB Bulls, ESPN 1520.