Buffalo Downs UMass 32-3 Behind Oliver's Big Day
Oct. 19, 2013
BUFFALO, N.Y. - Branden Oliver ran for 216 yards on 43 carries and Patrick Clarke hit three field goals to lead Buffalo to a 32-3 win over the UMass football team on Saturday at UB Stadium. UMass (1-6, 1-2 MAC) trailed just 13-3 at halftime but a pair of fourth quarter touchdowns by the Bulls gave the final score.
With the win, Buffalo improved to 5-2 overall and 3-0 in the MAC. The Bulls were also led by Joe Licata who was 18-of-27 through the air for 167 yards and a touchdown. Fred Lee had eight catches for 70 yards and a score. Khalil Mack had an interception return for a touchdown to go with three tackles, while Adam Redden and Lee Skinner led the Bulls with 12 and 11 tackles, respectively.
UMass was led by Tajae Sharpe who had seven catches for 94 yards. Jamal Wilson and Stacey Bedell combined for 62 yards rushing on the ground. A.J. Doyle threw for 162 yards going 14-of-28 but did throw an interception and had two fumbles lost. Blake Lucas scored the Minutemen's only points of the day on a career-long 42 yard field goal.
Buffalo took a 13-3 lead into halftime as both teams scored all their points in the second quarter. The Bull capped a five-play, 21 yard drive which started with less that two minutes left in the first quarter with a 44 yard field goal just five seconds into the second quarter.
Just over four minutes later, Mack picked off Doyle before weaving through traffic for a 35-yard touchdown return putting the Bulls up 10-0.
Clarke converted his second field goal of the game with 48 seconds to go before halftime as he hit from 36 yards out.
UMass used a hurry up offense which was bolstered by a 27-yard catch by Elgin Long. That set-up a 42-yard field goal by Blake Lucas with seven seconds left in the half cutting the Bulls' lead to 10 at the break.
The Minutemen held the Bulls to just five points in the third quarter, but were unable to score any points themselves. The Bulls put up a 27-yard field goal by Clarke with 12:11 left in the quarter to go up 16-3.
A Tyler Grassman punt which was downed at the UMass one-yard line led to a safety with 23 seconds left in the quarter. Jamal Wilson was dropped in the end zone by Okoye Houston giving the Bulls an 18-3 lead.
The Bulls scored their first offensive touchdown of the game with 13:29 left in the fourth quarter as Licata hit Lee for a seven-yard touchdown giving Buffalo a 25-3 advantage.
Oliver capped his day with a six-yard touchdown run with 5:18 left in the game.
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