DeKALB, IL (UB Press Release) – Playing their third road game in as many weeks, the University at Buffalo football team lost to the defending Mid-American Conference champion Northern Illinois Huskies, 45-3, at Huskie Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
Northern Illinois (6-1, 3-0 MAC), the league’s top rushing team, rolled up 219 yards on the ground and four touchdowns on the afternoon. The Bulls had trouble stopping the Huskies top weapon, quarterback Jordan Lynch. NIU’s signal caller ran for 129 yards and two touchdowns and threw for 232 yards and two more scores.
Northern Illinois’ defense really keyed on stopping the Bulls’ lethal run attack and held UB to a season-low 74 yards rushing. Devin Campbell who went off for 160 yards last week, was held to just 36 yards on 22 carries. Alex Zordich and Joe Licata combined to throw for 263 yards. Devon Hughes had a career-high nine catches for 105 yards. Alex Neutz added seven receptions for 81 yards.
The Huskies took the opening kickoff and drove 75 yards on 13 plays for a touchdown to take a 7-0 lead just five minutes into the game. The Bulls responded by taking their first possession and driving 73 yards down the field. However, UB had to settle for a Patrick Clarke 28-yard field goal to make the score, 7-3, with 3:21 left in the first quarter.
It was all Huskies after that as Northern Illinois put together three long scoring drives in the second quarter to take a 28-3 lead at the half.
Northern Illinois didn’t let up at the start of the second half as Lynch found Martel Moore for a 43-yard touchdown the first time it touched the ball in the third quarter. Lynch later found Tommylee Lewis for a 28-yard touchdown late in the third quarter and the Huskies capped the scoring with a field goal late in the game.
Khalil Mack led the UB defensive effort with 10 tackles, including 1.5 for loss. Lee Skinner added six tackles for the Bulls.
Heading into the game, Buffalo was one of only three teams in the nation to have a 100 percent scoring rate in the red zone. However, three red zone turnovers on the afternoon added to UB’s frustrations.
Buffalo (1-5, 0-3 MAC) will finally return home next Saturday to host Pittsburgh at UB Stadium. It will be the Bulls’ first home game since Sept. 19.