The University at Buffalo will aim to snap Bowling Green’s dominant streak in the East Division of the Mid-American Conference on Saturday.
Bowling Green has won 12 straight MAC East games and 16 of its last 17 games in division. The Falcons have won four straight against UB, including last year’s 36-35 decision.
“I hate Bowling Green,” said UB running back Anthone Taylor after Tuesday’s practice. “Can I just leave it at that?”
UB held a 35-30 lead late in last year’s game and faced a third-and-1 play from Bowling Green’s 15 with 4 minutes to go. But Taylor was stopped for no gain, and then UB missed a 33-yard field-goal try. Bowling Green drove for the winning score.
“Shortly after the game Saturday, our upperclassmen were turning their attention to Bowling Green,” said UB coach Lance Leipold. “Last year was a very close ballgame and one that didn’t sit well with our guys. I know they’re ready to get to work.”
Saturday’s 3:30 p.m. game will be televised in Western New York on Time Warner Cable Sports. It’s Homecoming at UB. K.C. and the Sunshine Band will perform at 1:30 p.m. as part of the Tailgate Concert Series.
True freshman defensive tackle Duke Hwang, a first-team All-Western New York pick last year from Williamsville North, saw 10 snaps against Nevada Saturday in his first action of the season. He had a tackle for loss in the fourth quarter.
“Duke Hwang had a good fall camp, then he was slowed a little by an injury,” Leipold said. “But we felt in games like this where you have to rotate linemen, there was going to be point as the season went on where we were going to burn his redshirt anyway. We even thought a week ago of possibly using him. I thought he showed up a few times and hopefully that will continue.”
True freshman DT Justin Brandon is averaging 27 snaps a game.
“It’s not too often you see two true freshmen at defensive tackle in FBS football, but those two guys are going to rotate in some,” Leipold said.
Canisius High School product Ryan Hunter is a first-year starter at left guard for Bowling Green. He’s a 6-4, 308-pound redshirt sophomore. UB did not recruit him.
“Ryan Hunter, he is a personality,” Bowling Green coach Dino Babers said. “He is a physical person. What a great teammate, what a great guy to be on this football team. We’re really lucky to have him. He’s a fantastic representative of the area. We’d love to have two or three more like him.”