The Buffalo Bulls moved one step closer to a potential MAC division title with their decisive home victory over the Ohio Bobcats on Tuesday. The Bulls have now won seven straight games since losing their first two of the season and have looked like a legitimate contender within the MAC. The Bulls are playing disciplined football and have a blue collar mentality that carries throughout the team. The reason for the Bulls’ success has been the strength of their defense. On Tuesday night before a live ESPN television audience, the defense took center stage in picking up the 30-3 victory.
The Bulls’ defense was able to assert their will in dominating the game from the opening kickoff. The Bulls defensive line clogged running lanes and forced double teams in shutting down the Bobcats’ rushing attack. Ohio mustered 69 yards rushing against the Bulls’ stingy defense and was held to 2.0 yards per carry.
The dominance by the Bulls’ defensive front forced Ohio quarterback Tyler Tettleton into third and long situations. Buffalo held the Bobcats to 5-for-17 on third down conversions and a 44.7 percent completion percentage for the game.
Buffalo’s secondary did a superb job in containing a Bobcat passing attack that was averaging 275 yards per game entering this contest. The Bulls were able to utilize man coverage and blitz Tettleton in order to force pressure. By disguising multiple coverage the Bulls were able to hold Ohio to 164 yards passing on 38 attempts.
The Bulls’ defense stepped up the intensity in the second half in shutting down the Bobcats’ offense. Buffalo held Ohio to 119 total second half yards with 67 yards coming after Buffalo was ahead 30-3.
Buffalo moved to 7-2 overall and 5-0 in the conference. The Bulls will take to the road next week to play the Toledo Rockets on Nov. 12. Game time is set for 7:30 pm and will be shown on ESPNU.