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FIRST AND 10
The Last Meeting
October 8, 2011
Ohio Falls Short at Buffalo, 38-37
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.
-Ohio welcomes Buffalo on Saturday to Peden Stadium. Kickoff is set for Noon and can be seen on ESPN Plus/ESPN GamePlan/ESPN3.
-The Bobcats are 5-0 for the first time since 1968.
-Ohio is receiving votes in both the AP and USA Today Polls.
-The Bobcats enter the game with Buffalo as the only undefeated team in the Mid-American Conference. Ohio is one of only 22 undefeated teams at the FBS level.
-Ohio defeated Massachusetts 37-34 last Saturday at Gillette Stadium.
-The Bobcats' win over Massachusetts last week gives Ohio its 11th win in the last 12 games dating back to last season.
-Ohio's victory over Massachusetts marked the Bobcats' first-ever meeting with the Minutemen.
WHAT TO WATCH FOR
-A win over Buffalo would mark the `Cats first 6-0 start since 1968.
-A win over the Bulls would make the Bobcats bowl eligible for the fourth straight year and the sixth time overall in the Frank Solich era.
-A win over Buffalo would mark the ninth time in school history Ohio has opened a season 6-0.
-A win over Buffalo would mark the Bobcats 12th win in their last 13 games dating back to last season.
-Place kicker Matt Weller is just 16 points shy of passing former Toledo running back Chester Taylor for fourth all-time on the MAC career scoring list.
-Junior captain Tyler Tettleton needs just two touchdown passes to become the school's all-time leader in career touchdown passes.
-Tettleton is just six passing yards shy of cracking into the school's all-time top three in career passing yards.
-Junior Beau Blankenship will look to become the first Ohio running back to rush for 100-yards or more in six straight games since Kalvin McRae did so in 2007.
-Wide receiver Donte Foster is just two touchdowns shy of cracking into the all-time top five for career touchdown receptions. He is currently tied for ninth all-time with 10 career receiving touchdowns.
OHIO - BUFFALO SERIES HISTORY
Ohio and Buffalo will meet for the 20th time on Saturday. The Bobcats hold the all-time series lead at 11-8. The first time the two teams met was in 1912 with Buffalo earning a 27-0 victory over Ohio. The last meeting took place on Oct. 8, 2011 in Buffalo. In that contest, the Bobcats dropped a 38-37 decision to the Bulls.
The Bulls (1-3) enter the game after falling 24-17 at Connecticut. Buffalo's lone win of the season came in its home-opener against Morgan State. As a team, Buffalo relies on a strong running game led by Doak Walker Candidate Branden Oliver, who leads the team with 426 yards rushing, averaging 6.0 yards per carry. Last season against the `Cats, Oliver rushed for 179 yards and three touchdowns. Defensively, Buffalo linebacker Khalil Mack has picked up right where he left off from last season's all-conference campaign where he led the league with 20.5 tackles for loss. In 2012, Mack leads the squad with 11.0 tackles for loss and 4.5 sacks.
FIVE THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT LAST WEEK
-Ohio improved to 5-0 for the first time since 1968. The Bobcats are the only undefeated team in the Mid-American Conference.
-The Bobcats' 5-0 start marks just the 10th time in school history in which Ohio has opened up the year with five straight wins.
-With the win over Massachusetts, Ohio has now won 11 of its last 12 games dating back to last season.
-Ohio's matchup with Massachusetts marked the Bobcats first-ever meeting with the Minutemen.
-The Bobcats scored 35-or-more points for the third time this season. Since 2005 - head coach Frank Solich's first year as head coach - Ohio is 35-3 when scoring 30-or-more points.