FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) - Joe Licata threw two touchdowns and Buffalo scored 29 points in the second half as the Bulls rallied and beat Massachusetts 29-19 Saturday in a Mid-American Conference matchup.
Licata completed 18 of 30 passes for 226 yards in only his third start of the season.
Buffalo (4-7, 3-4) trailed 13-0 at halftime but Kyn Minniefield returned a punt 35 yards for a touchdown to cut the deficit to 13-7 in the third quarter.
After Michael Cox's 3-yard touchdown expanded UMass' lead to 19-7, Licata capped off back-to-back Buffalo drives with touchdowns to give the Bulls their first lead of the day, 22-19.
Brandon Murie added a 12-yard touchdown run late in the fourth quarter to put the game away.
Murie finished with 90 yards on 16 carries.
Mike Wegzyn led UMass (1-10, 1-6) with 215 yards through the air but threw two second-half interceptions.
|MA||Blake Lucas 39 yd FG|
|MA||Blake Lucas 32 yd FG|
|MA||Rob Blanchflower 14 yd pass from Mike Wegzyn (Blake Lucas kick)|
|BUFF||Kyndal Minniefield 33 yd blocked punt return (Patrick Clarke kick)|
|MA||Michael Cox 3 yd run (failed 2pt rush)|
|BUFF||Jimmy Gordon 3 yd pass from Joe Licata (Patrick Clarke kick)|
|BUFF||Alex Neutz 6 yd pass from Joe Licata (Matt Weiser 2pt pass from Alex Dennison)|
|BUFF||Brandon Murie 12 yd run (Patrick Clarke kick)|
|Third Down Efficiency||6-12||7-18|
|Fourth Down Efficiency||0-0||1-2|
|Kick Return Yds||76||86|
|Punt Return Yds||33||65|
|Time of Poss.||30:0||30:0|
|BUFF: Brandon Murie 16-90, Rashad Jean 17-73, Joe Licata 5-4, Natey Adjei 1-2, Alex Dennison 1-1, Team 1--2|
|MA: Michael Cox 13-31, Jordan Broadnax 9-30, Mike Wegzyn 13--12|
|BUFF: Joe Licata 18-30-226-1, Alex Dennison 1-1-11-0|
|MA: Mike Wegzyn 20-40-215-2|
|BUFF: Alex Neutz 9-76, Fred Lee 3-93, Rudy Johnson 3-39, Jimmy Gordon 2-14, Rashad Jean 1-8, Alex Dennison 1-7|
|MA: Alan Williams 7-62, Deion Walker 5-83, Rob Blanchflower 4-44, Jordan Broadnax 2-12, Tajae Sharpe 1-13, Michael Cox 1-1|
|Buffalo||2nd Mid American East||6-2||8-4|
|Massachusetts||6th Mid American East||1-7||1-11|