Buffalo (8-1, 5-0 MAC) vs. Kent State (2-7, 1-4 MAC)
November 6, 2018
UB Stadium - 7:30 pm
Buffalo - ESPN 1520
Rochester - Fox Sports 1280
Bulls Close Out Home Slate Against Kent State on Tuesday Night
Kent State is 2-7 overall, 1-4 in the MAC and is coming off a 35-28 win at Bowling Green last Tuesday night. The Golden Flashes are led by quarterback Woody Barrett who has thrown for 1,905 yards and 10 touchdowns and rushed for 455 yards and six scores on the season.
Buffalo leads the all-time series, 12-11. The Bulls won the last meeting, 27-13, at Dix Stadium last season.
Johnson had three touchdown catches in the game to bring his career total to 22. He is just the third player in school history with 20+ touchdowns in a career, joining Alex Neutz (2010-13) who had 31 and Naaman Roosevelt (2006-09) who had 28. Johnson reached the 20-touchdown plateau faster than any player in school history, doing so in just 20 games.
Against Miami (OH), he became just the second player this season to throw for three touchdowns and run for three touchdowns in the same game (UCF's McKenzie Milton).
Currently ranked sixth in the nation in tackles, Hodge has been in the national rankings since arriving on campus in 2016. He ranked eighth in the nation in tackles following the 2016 season and second in the nation in tackles after last season.
He recorded his 300th career tackle against Eastern Michigan on Sept. 15 to become the fastest player in school history to reach 300 tackles. He did it in 27 games. Davonte Shannon, the Bulls all-time leader in career tackles with 461, didn't reach 300 tackles until his 34th career game. He currently ranks fourth in school history with 387 career tackles in only 33 games. He is 16 tackles shy of passing Mike Laipple for third in school history.
He has thrown for 6,095 yards in his career, becoming just the fifth quarterback in school history to throw for 6,000 yards.
He was named the Mid-American Conference East Division Offensive Player of the Week in each of the first two weeks of the season. Former UB running back James Starks is the only other UB player to earn offensive player of the week honors in consecutive weeks back in 2007.
Jackson is on the watch lists for the Davey O'Brien Award and Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award.
The Bulls have registered at least one sack in every game this season.
Osborn had one of the best games of his career against Eastern Michigan. The junior receiver had seven receptions for 188 yards and three touchdowns in the Bulls' 35-28 win. Two of Osborn's three touchdowns were 70+ yards (70, 75). He was rewarded by being named the MAC East Division Offensive Player of the Week.
Six different UB players have recorded an interception on the year. Cameron Lewis leads the way with three to rank ninth in the country. Brandon Williams has two. Joey Banks, Devon Russell, Aapri Washington and Jordan Collier each have one.
The Bulls lead the conference and rank 11th in the nation in turnover margin at +10.
10-Year Anniversary of MAC Championship
The 2018 season marks the 10-year anniversary of the Bulls' 2008 MAC Championship - UB's first and only football conference title. After a 7-5 regular season, the Bulls stunned 12th-ranked Ball State, 42-24, in the title game. Buffalo went on to play Connecticut in the International Bowl - its first-ever bowl game.
On The Airwaves
Again this season, University at Buffalo football can be heard locally on ESPN 1520, a 50,000-watt station with one of the strongest signals in the nation. The Bulls can also be heard on 1280 AM in Rochester.
Calling all the play-by-play action of Bulls football for his 19th year, and 11th consecutive, will be Paul Peck. Scott Wilson is back for his second season as analyst. Brad Riter also returns as game host.
Again this season, the UB Football postgame show will take place at Santora's on Millersport with host Bob Gaughan.
Peck will host the UB Football Insider with Lance Leipold on Monday nights at 5:00 pm. The show air on ESPN 1520 and will be taped at the Santora's Millersport location on Mondays at noon.