BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) - Joe Licata's 30-yard touchdown pass to Alex Neutz in the fourth quarter proved the game-winner as Buffalo topped Western Michigan 29-24 Saturday in Mid-American Conference action.
The touchdown with 10:53 left capped a six-play, 77-yard drive that took just over two minutes.
Licata was 21-of-33 passing for 285 yards and the score.
The Broncos (4-7, 2-5) committed three turnovers after Licata's TD pass, including two in Buffalo territory.
The Bulls (3-7, 2-4) jumped to a 17-0 advantage on rushing touchdowns by Branden Oliver and Devin Campbell and a 30-yard field goal by Patrick Clarke before Western Michigan scored 21 straight points on three Alex Carder TD passes - 17- and 27-yarders to Eric Monette and an 8-yarder to Kendrick Roberts.
Two more Clarke field goals propelled Buffalo briefly back into the lead, 23-20, before Andrew Haldeman put the Broncos ahead with a 28-yard kick, setting up the Bison's winning drive.
|BUFF||Branden Oliver 18 yd run (Patrick Clarke kick)|
|BUFF||Devin Campbell 45 yd run (Patrick Clarke kick)|
|BUFF||Patrick Clarke 30 yd FG|
|WMICH||Eric Monette 17 yd pass from Alex Carder (Andrew Haldeman kick)|
|WMICH||Eric Monette 27 yd pass from Alex Carder (Andrew Haldeman kick)|
|WMICH||Kendrick Roberts 8 yd pass from Alex Carder (Andrew Haldeman kick)|
|BUFF||Patrick Clarke 35 yd FG|
|BUFF||Patrick Clarke 38 yd FG|
|WMICH||Andrew Haldeman 28 yd FG|
|BUFF||Alex Neutz 30 yd pass from Joe Licata (failed 2pt pass)|
|Third Down Efficiency||5-15||6-18|
|Fourth Down Efficiency||0-0||0-0|
|Kick Return Yds||130||42|
|Punt Return Yds||0||-3|
|Time of Poss.||26:19||33:41|
|WMICH: Alex Carder 18-52, Dareyon Chance 13-48, Eric Monette 1-1|
|BUFF: Devin Campbell 22-107, Branden Oliver 12-75, Brandon Murie 6-17, Fred Lee 1-2, Team 3--14, Joe Licata 5--19|
|WMICH: Alex Carder 19-37-275-4, Blake Hammond 0-1-0-0|
|BUFF: Joe Licata 21-33-285-0|
|WMICH: Justin Collins 6-122, Blake Hammond 5-50, Eric Monette 4-78, Dareyon Chance 2-11, Kendrick Roberts 1-8, Josh Schaffer 1-6|
|BUFF: Alex Neutz 9-140, Fred Lee 5-70, Devin Campbell 4-23, Jimmy Gordon 1-25, Cordero Dixon 1-20, Devon Hughes 1-7|
|Western Michigan||5th Mid American West||2-6||4-8|
|Buffalo||4th Mid American East||3-5||4-8|