The University at Buffalo football team hosted eighth-ranked Baylor in a primetime matchup on ESPN on Friday night. The defending Big 12 champions, with the nation's fourth ranked offense, defeated the Bulls, 63-21, in front of 24,714 fans at UB Stadium. The 21 points scored by UB were against a Baylor defense that hadn't allowed a touchdown all season.
"Disappointing loss against a very good football team, quality opponent," head coach Jeff Quinn said. "I give a lot of credit to Baylor. They certainly came in with a good, solid plan and they executed it extremely well."
The Bears were led by Heisman Trophy candidate Bryce Petty who threw for 416 yards and four touchdowns. Baylor's speed troubled the UB defense as three different receivers had over 100 yards, led by Jay Lee who had nine catches for 136 yards and two touchdowns.
Known for its quick-strike offense, four of Baylor's five first-half touchdowns were scored in 2:11 or less. The Bears took a 35-0 lead into the locker room at halftime.
UB got on the board early in the third quarter when Joe Licata found Devon Hughes on a quick screen that the senior receiver turned into a 41-yard touchdown. Following a Baylor score, Anthone Taylor busted through the Bears' defense for a 41-yard run to the end zone that made the score 42-14.
UB's final touchdown was an acrobatic catch by Malcolm Robinson from Tony Daniel midway through the fourth quarter.
Licata finished 14-of-25 for 171 yards and a touchdown. Jordan Johnson was the Bulls' leading rusher with a career-best 97 yards on the ground. Hughes was UB's top receiver with six catches for 72 yards and a touchdown. The Bulls had 394 yards of total offense.
The UB defense was led by Lee Skinner who had nine tackles. Jarrett Franklin, Tedroy Lynch and Okezie Alozie each had seven.
"Defensively, we did not perform on the back end the way that we needed to and that really cost us," Quinn said. "I thought our run defense stepped up tonight. That was something we emphasized this past week – we always emphasize our run defense – but I thought our kids played with really good effort when it came to stopping their run game."
The Bulls dropped to 1-2 on the season and will host Norfolk State next Saturday at UB Stadium. Kickoff is scheduled for 3:30 pm.