ATHENS, Ohio (AP) - Ryan Boykin ran for two fourth-quarter touchdowns and Daz'mond Patterson's 100-yard kickoff return propelled Ohio from an early 14-0 deficit to a 38-31 victory over Buffalo Saturday in Mid-American Conference play.
The Bobcats (6-0, 2-0) trailed 14-0 when Patterson's kickoff return kick-started the offense with the first of 24 consecutive points. Beau Blankenship scored on a 14-yard run and Tyler Tettleton hit Tyler Futrell on a 15-yard scoring pass, then Matt Weller's 45-yard field goal stretched the lead to 24-14.
Buffalo's Alex Dennison threw a 55-yard touchdown pass to Alex Neutz and Patrick Clarke kicked a 30-yard field to tie the game 24-24 after three quarters. But Boykin scored from the 2-yard line, then broke a 51-yard scoring run for a 38-24 lead. Dennison's 1-yard TD run with 0:08 left cut it to 38-31.
Buffalo's Devin Campbell ran for 159 yards and the game's first touchdown.
|BUFF||Devin Campbell 3 yd run (Patrick Clarke kick)|
|BUFF||Devon Hughes 10 yd pass from Alex Zordich (Patrick Clarke kick)|
|OHIO||Daz'mond Patterson 100 yd kick return (Matt Weller kick)|
|OHIO||Beau Blankenship 14 yd run (Matt Weller kick)|
|OHIO||Tyler Futrell 15 yd pass from Tyler Tettleton (Matt Weller kick)|
|OHIO||Matt Weller 45 yd FG|
|BUFF||Alex Neutz 55 yd pass from Alex Dennison (Patrick Clarke kick)|
|BUFF||Patrick Clarke 30 yd FG|
|OHIO||Ryan Boykin 1 yd run (Matt Weller kick)|
|OHIO||Ryan Boykin 51 yd run (Matt Weller kick)|
|BUFF||Alex Dennison 1 yd run (Patrick Clarke kick)|
|Third Down Efficiency||10-19||6-13|
|Fourth Down Efficiency||1-2||0-2|
|Kick Return Yds||83||149|
|Punt Return Yds||0||0|
|Time of Poss.||35:29||24:31|
|BUFF: Devin Campbell 30-160, Alex Zordich 19-110, Devon Hughes 1-17, Alex Dennison 4-13, Tyler Grassman 1-13, Joe Licata 1-0|
|OHIO: Beau Blankenship 25-86, Ryan Boykin 6-64, Team 1-1, Tyler Tettleton 4--2|
|BUFF: Alex Zordich 13-25-97-0, Joe Licata 5-10-36-0, Alex Dennison 1-1-55-0|
|OHIO: Tyler Tettleton 14-26-183-1, Matt Waters 1-1-1-0|
|BUFF: Alex Neutz 4-77, Devon Hughes 4-19, Cordero Dixon 3-37, Rudy Johnson 3-19, Jimmy Gordon 3-16, Devin Campbell 2-20|
|OHIO: Bakari Bussey 8-77, Troy Hill 3-38, Matt Waters 1-36, Chase Cochran 1-17, Tyler Futrell 1-15, Tim Edmond 1-1|
|Buffalo||4th Mid American East||3-5||4-8|
|Ohio||3rd Mid American East||4-4||9-4|