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OHIOBOBCATS.COM Donte Harden scored his first touchdown of 2011 on Saturday
OHIOBOBCATS.COM
Donte Harden scored his first touchdown of 2011 on Saturday
OHIOBOBCATS.COM

Oct. 8, 2011

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BUFFALO, N.Y. - Sophomore quarterback Tyler Tettleton passed for 203 yards, but it was not enough as the Ohio football team (4-2; 1-1 MAC) dropped a 38-37 decision to Buffalo on Saturday at UB Stadium. 

Tettleton (Norman, Okla.) completed passes to seven different receivers throughout the contest. Senior Riley Dunlop (Liberty Township, Ohio) led all wideouts with 66 yards. Defensively, Corey Hasting (Miamiville, Ohio) led the team with eight tackles. 

Buffalo opened the scoring on its second offensive series thanks to a 12-yard run by running back Branden Oliver. Oliver's touchdown run capped an eight-play, 60-yard drive. 

Ohio fought back on its next offensive series to tie the game at seven apiece. Senior running back Donte Harden charged into the endzone from 13 yards out to score his first touchdown of the year. Harden (Erie, Pa.) set up the drive as he returned the kickoff 67 yards to the Buffalo 20-yard line. 

Buffalo responded with its longest scoring drive of the season as it went 88 yards in 13 plays to re-claim the lead. The Bulls found the endzone again in the second quarter to claim a 21-7 advantage. Ohio fought back to cut the UB lead to seven (21-14) following a 40-yard touchdown run by Tettleton. 

Both teams added field goals in the final four minutes. UB's Peter Fardon connected from 23 yards out with 3:43 remaining in the first half and Ohio's Matt Weller (Twinsburg, Ohio) drilled a 27-yarder, which cut the Bulls' lead to 24-17. Buffalo outgained Ohio 313-194 in the first 30 minutes of play. 

The Bobcats scored on their first offensive possession of the second half as they went 68 yards in eight plays to tie the game at 24 apiece. Tettleton hit senior wide receiver Dunlop for a nine-yard pitch and catch. Tettleton was 6-of-7 for 61 yards on the drive. 

Ohio took its first lead of the game at the 7:38 mark of the third quarter thanks to a 67-yard touchdown run by senior LaVon Brazill (Lantana, Fla.). The run was Brazill's longest rush of his career and his 17th career touchdown. 

Buffalo came right back as it tied the game on its next offensive series. The back-and-forth affair continued as the Green and White responded on its next possession thanks to a 46-yard field goal by Weller. The junior kicker finished the game with three field goals. The Bulls would take the lead for good at the 5:45 mark of the fourth quarter thanks to a one-yard run by Branden Oliver.   

The Bobcats return to action next week as they play host to Ball State on Homecoming. The game is set to kickoff at 3:30 p.m. and will broadcast live on SportsTime Ohio.