BUFFALO, NY – Tyree Jackson threw for a career-high 406 yards and three touchdowns to help lead the University at Buffalo football team to a 38-28 win over Bowling Green at UB Stadium on Tuesday night. The Bulls rolled up 582 yards of total offense en route to their fourth win of the season.
"It feel's great. I'm happy for our players and our coaches, they worked hard," head coach Lance Leipold said. "It's been a rough four games. To watch the way this group has continued to work hard and believe in one another and stay positive about it, I think it's good to see them rewarded with that effort here tonight."
It was another big game for Jackson's favorite target, Anthony Johnson, who finished with eight catches for 160 yards and two touchdowns. It was his fourth 100-yard receiving game of the season and put him over him 1,000 yards on the year. He became just the fourth UB receiver in school history with 1,000 receiving yards in a single season, joining Drew Haddad, Naaman Roosevelt and Alex Neutz, who all did it twice.
The Bulls scored 21 first-quarter points, starting with a 5-yard touchdown run by Emmanuel Reed. After Bowling Green tied the game at 7, Johnson scored touchdowns on back-to-back drives. His first was a 21-yard TD reception to give the Bulls a 14-7 lead with 3:20 left in the first quarter. Jackson hit Johnson in stride for a 69-yard touchdown, less than two minutes later, to extend the UB lead to 21-7.
After Bowling Green cut the Bulls' advantage to 21-14 at the half, Buffalo marched right down the field on its opening possession of the second half and took a 28-14 lead on a Jackson 37-yard touchdown strike to K.J. Osborn.
Bowling Green cut the lead to 31-28 early in the fourth quarter. Theo Anderson put the game on ice with an eight-yard touchdown run to put the Bulls ahead, 38-28, with 8:53 left. Anderson had the best game of his young career. The redshirt-freshman running back rushed for a career-best 133 yards in the game.
The UB defense forced and recovered a season-high three fumbles in the game. Chuck Harris had two of the forced fumbles. Justin Brandon forced and recovered a fumble at the Bowling Green 6-yard line that led to the Bulls' first scored of the game.
Khalil Hodge had a game-high 10 tackles in the game to bring his season total to 129. He now holds the FBS-era record for single-season tackles, breaking the previous record of 125 set by Justin Winters in 2008.
Buffalo (4-6, 2-4 MAC) will next play at Ball State on November 16.