Bulls Travel to Central Michigan on Saturday as MAC Play Ramps Up


Buffalo (4-1, 1-0 MAC) at Central Michigan (1-4, 0-1 MAC) October 6, 2018 Kelly/Shorts Stadium - 12:00 pm

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Television CBS Sports Network Storylines • The Bulls are 4-1 for the first time since the 1996 season. • This will be just the third trip to Mount Pleasant for Buffalo. The Bulls lost the previous two games at Kelly Shorts Stadium in 2008 and 2015. • Central Michigan leads the all-time series, 7-1. The Bulls are in search of their first win over the Chippewas since 2004. • The Bulls are the only team in the nation not to have allowed a sack this season. • Buffalo looks to improve to 2-0 in Mid-American Conference play for the first time since 2013. • Kevin Marks has scored a rushing touchdown in four straight games. He is the first freshman in UB's FBS era to do so. • The Bulls are outscoring their opponents 61-10 in the first quarter of games this season. • Tyree Jackson's 16 touchdown passes on the year already rank seventh in school history for a single season. He is two touchdown passes shy of moving into fourth in school history for a single season. • Adam Mitcheson (230) is three points shy of passing Patrick Clarke (232) for second in school history in career scoring. • The Bulls are looking to win three straight road games in the same season for the first time since the 2008 season.

Bulls Travel to Central Michigan as MAC Play Ramps Up The University at Buffalo football team will travel to Central Michigan on Saturday for their first road conference game of the season. The Bulls are 4-1 overall and 1-0 in the MAC and are coming off a 42-13 loss to Army last Saturday. UB was led by senior linebacker Khalil Hodge who tied a career high with 20 tackles against the Black Knights.

Central Michigan is 1-4 overall, 0-1 in the MAC and is coming off a 31-20 loss at #24 Michigan State last Saturday. The Chippewas are led by linebacker Malik Fountain who has a team-best 62 tackles on the season.

Central Michigan leads the all-time series, 7-1. The Chippewas won the last meeting, 51-14, at Kelly Shorts Stadium in 2015. Hodge Ball Khalil Hodge tied a career-high with 20 tackles against Army last Saturday. It was the second time in his career he racked up 20 tackles in a game. He now has 67 tackles on the season which is tied for third in the nation.

Hodge has been in the national rankings since arriving on campus in 2016. He ranked eighth in the nation in tackles following the 2016 season and second in the nation in tackles after last season.

He recorded his 300th career tackle against Eastern Michigan on Sept. 15 to become the fastest player in school history to reach 300 tackles. He did it in 27 games. Davonte Shannon, the Bulls all-time leader in career tackles with 461, didn't reach 300 tackles until his 34th career came. He currently ranks sixth in school history with 344 career tackles in only 29 games.

Hodge was named the MAC East Defensive Player of the Week each of the last two weeks, following his 15-tackle performance in UB's win over Rutgers and his 20-tackle game against Army. Os-born to Run K.J. Osborn is enjoying the best start to a season in his career. He leads the Bulls with 23 catches for 410 yards and six touchdowns. He's tied for fifth in the nation in touchdown catches.

Osborn had one of the best games of his career against Eastern Michigan. The junior receiver had seven receptions for 188 yards and three touchdowns in the Bulls' 35-28 win. Two of Osborn's three touchdowns were 70+ yards (70, 75). He was rewarded by being named the MAC East Division Offensive Player of the Week. Road Warriors The Bulls have won both of their road games this season (Temple & Rutgers) and have won three straight road games dating back to last season. The Bulls have won five of their last seven road games. A win over Central Michigan would be UB's third straight road win of the season and would mark the first time since the 2008 season the Bulls have accomplished the feat. T3 Quarterback Tyree Jackson is off to a blistering start to the season, having already thrown 16 touchdowns, four more than he did all of last season. He already ranks seventh in school history for single-season passing touchdowns.

Jackson has really found his groove since the end of last season. Over the last nine games, he has thrown for 2,567 yards, (60 comp.%), 25 touchdowns to only five interceptions.

Jackson's 16 touchdown passes on the season is tied for third in the nation.

He was named the Mid-American Conference East Division Offensive Player of the Week in each of the first two weeks of the season. Former UB running back James Starks is the only other UB player to earn player of the week honors in consecutive weeks back in 2007.

Jackson is on the preseason watch lists for the Davey O'Brien Award and Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award. Long Way Home The Bulls have been using big plays to find the endzone this season. 11 of the Bulls' 24 touchdowns on the year have been at least 22 yards. The Bulls have scored touchdowns of 27, 32, 33, 22, 29, 70, 75, 42, 42, 53 and 53 yards over the first five games. Bulls Make History in Piscataway Buffalo defeated Rutgers, 42-13, on Sept. 22 at HighPoint.com Stadium for its fi