Yikes! That didn’t go the way many expected.
The UB Bulls entered Wednesday’s nights contest against Ohio hoping to win their 10th game of the season, clinch a berth into the MAC Championship Game and move one step closer to being ranked in the Top 25.
Safe to say, none of that happened.
Ohio showed that while they might not have the best team in the MAC, they have the most dominant squad in the conference.
The Bobcats destroyed UB in every facet of the game, running for 437 yards, passing for another 209 yards and out-gaining Buffalo 646-277.
UB opened the game with a 7-play, 75-yard touchdown drive capped off by a 4-yard Tyree Jackson touchdown run but it all went downhill from there.
Ohio responded with 31 consecutive points, heading into halftime with a 31-10 lead before going on to win 52-17.
UB had no answer for the Bobcats running game. A.J. Ouellette ran for a career high 196-yards and two touchdowns. Maleek Irons added another 92-yards and a score with quarterback Nathan Rourke rushing for 77-yards and a TD.
While Ohio had it going offensively, Buffalo never found its groove.
Tyree Jackson struggled with his accuracy, finishing 9/21 for 116-yards and two interceptions. He added 70-yards on the ground with a touchdown and a costly fumble at the end of a 55-yard carry.
Anthony Johnson was the lone bright spot on the UB offense, bringing down six receptions for 95-yards including a beautiful 48-yard catch on the Bulls first possession of the game.
So what does this loss mean for Buffalo?
Essentially, it makes next weeks game at Bowling Green (2-8) a must-win contest.
UB still controls their own destiny. They can clinch the MAC East with a win over the Falcons on Black Friday.
As far as Bulls fans hoping they’ll eventually get ranked or play in a bigger bowl game… That won’t be happening.
This puts an end to those conversations.
That’s not to say UB won’t accomplish their goals. A MAC Championship is a mighty fine accomplishment and something the Bulls program hasn’t achieved since upsetting #12 Ball State in Detroit in 2008.
But it feels like a letdown after all of the hype that has built up surrounding the UB program in recent weeks paired together with their basketball team’s success.
Despite that, I guarantee UB will rebound. Lance Leipold will have his team back at it tomorrow.
They will be ready to play Bowling Green on Black Friday and this Bulls squad will be playing for a MAC Championship on November 30th.