Buffalo Bulls: Turnovers Spoil Opportunity For Bowl Victory
The Buffalo Bulls had theirs sights set on showing the nation that their team could play with anyone in the country. The Bulls entered the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl against the San Diego State Aztecs confident to make a statement and pick up a bowl victory. However, on a cold night in Boise, Idaho the Bulls gave away the game with an uncharacteristic three turnover performance that led to the 49-24 defeat.
Entering this game, the Bulls had been very good at creating turnovers and not giving opponents the football during their 8-4 season. The Bulls were had more than a 16 in turnover margin, and had committed 12 turnovers in 12 games in 2013.
As the game transpired, Buffalo was playing neck and neck with the Aztecs. However, as the second quarter approached, the Bulls started to unravel. Buffalo would turn the ball over twice (fumble, interception) which led to San Diego State points and allowed the Aztecs to open a 28-10 halftime lead.
The turnovers created by the Bulls allowed the San Diego offense to play with a short field and forced the Buffalo defense to come up with big plays. The Bulls could not muster any momentum as the offense was forced to become one dimensional and pass the whole second half of the game.
The reason for the Bulls success in 2013 was the strength of the offensive line. By playing ball control offense and relying on their stingy defense, the Bulls would wear down their opponents and would force teams to play their “blue collar” style of football.
The layoff from the time the regular season ended until the bowl game had a direct effect on the team’s performance and the Bulls will have to wait until the 2014 season to erase this loss.
Buffalo finished the year with an 8-5 record and ended their 2013 season with two-straight losses.