Mitcheson lifts UB past Army in OT

Posted at 10:47 PM, Sep 24, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-24 22:52:27-04

Adam Mitcheson nailed a 33-yard field in overtime to lift UB past Army and earn their first win of the season in a dramatic 23-20 victory on Saturday.

Army's Blake Wilson missed a 33-yard field goal on their first attempt in overtime.  He also missed a 34-yard field goal with eight seconds left in regulation which would have given the Black Knights at 23-20 lead over UB in the fourth quarter.

The win is one of the biggest in Lance Leipold's career at Buffalo.  Army, which was 3-0 heading into the matchup, was also receiving votes in the Coaches' Poll.

The Bulls, who trailed by 14 in the second half, put together their best drives of the season in the fourth quarter to help power their rally.

Trailing 20-6 and facing 4th and 1 at the Army eight yard line, Tyree Jackson gained two yards to keep the drive alive.  Three plays later the Redshirt freshman connected with Kamathi Holsey to pull the Bulls within 20-13.

After forcing an Army punt, the Bulls offense took another big gamble on fourth down, which again paid off.

On 4th and 9 Jackson connected with Mason Schreck for a gain of 10 to keep the chains moving and the hopes of a comeback alive.

Jackson capped off the 13 play drive with a one yard touchdown run to tie the game up at 20.

Despite struggling in losses to Albany and Nevada, UB's defense stood tall most of the night.

The triple-headed rushing attack of Army, which ranked second in the nation heading into Saturday, was limited to just two touchdowns.  The Black Knights, who drop to 3-1 on the season, average more than 40 points per game.

UB improves to 1-2 and heads to Boston College (2-2) on Saturday, Oct.1.