Last-Minute Touchdown Lifts Buffalo over Temple, 36-29
PHILADELPHIA, PA – Anthony Johnson took a pass over the middle from Tyree Jackson, fought through defenders and willed his way into the endzone for a 29-yard touchdown with 59 seconds left to lift the University at Buffalo football team to a 36-29 win over Temple at Lincoln Financial Field on Saturday.
A resilient Buffalo team, now 2-0 on the season, had an answer for every Temple threat. With the Bulls leading by eight, Temple was able to score and get the two-point conversion to tie the game, 22-22, early in the fourth quarter.
The Bulls immediately responded by driving 58 yards on eight plays and Jackson's 5-yard touchdown pass to Antonio Nunn put UB back on top, 29-22, with 7:43 left in the game. Temple answered right back with a 75-yard drive of its own to again tie the game at 29 with 4:53 remaining.
The Bulls' game-winning drive was a thing of beauty. Buffalo surgically sliced through the Temple defense and drove 81 yards on 10 plays for the final score. On three separate occasions, the Bulls were able to convert third-and-longs to keep the drive alive. Even the game-winning touchdown was on a third down and 10.
The Bulls sealed the win when, on the Owls' final drive, Chuck Harris sacked Temple quarterback Frank Nutile and forced a fumble that Chibueze Onwuka was able to recover.
"That was a heck of a game," head coach Lance Leipold said. "Both teams played well and played hard. I'm really proud of our team for how we answered their punch and counter punch, so to speak. I'm proud of this group of guys."
Jackson threw for 275 yards and three touchdowns in the game. Once again, he spread the ball around with touchdown passes to Nunn, Johnson and Charlie Jones.
Redshirt-freshman running back Kevin Marks had a breakout performance for the Bulls. Playing in just the second game of his career, Marks rushed for 138 yards and two touchdowns on 25 carries.