The vaunted Boston College defense was too big, too fast and too talented for the University at Buffalo Saturday.
The Eagles held UB to just five first downs and 67 total yards in a 35-3 non-conference football victory.
UB could not find any running room up the middle and B.C.’s defenders were too fast when the Bulls tried to get to the edge of the defense.
UB went three plays and out on six of 11 drives.
The Bulls managed just 25 yards on their 22 plays in the first half and trailed at intermission, 21-3.
The Eagles’ defense ranked No. 1 in the nation last year in yards allowed and entered Saturday’s game ranked No. 6.
Records: UB is 1-3. B.C. is 3-2.
Back breaker: UB had B.C. almost stopped late in the first half after the Eagles fumbled a pitch from the UB 1 and took a 10-yard loss. But on a third-and-goal play from the UB 11, UB blitzed and the six rushers didn’t get quick pressure. Towles threw to the back of the end zone, just barely over the hands of UB linebacker Jarrett Franklin, and into the arms of Michael Walker. The score with 21 seconds left in the half gave B.C. a 21-3 lead at intermission.
Bulls takeaway: UB timed the blitz just right with B.C. backed up near its own goal line in the second quarter. On a third-and-6 play from the B.C. 21, UB sent a seven-man blitz at Towles. He was sacked by linebacker Ishmael Hargrove, who knocked the ball loose, and Hargrove recovered at the B.C. 11.
Missed chance: After the Hargrove recovery, B.C. held UB to a 28-yard Adam Mitcheson field goal. Jackson had Mason Schreck open to the left at the goal line on a third-down pass but overthrew the tight end.
Slow start: The first quarter ended with UB down, 7-0. UB has been outscored, 28-0 in the first quarter this season.
Lineup notes: UB was without starting right tackle Tyler O’Henly, who was injured in practice on Thursday. Taking his place was senior Albert McCoy. Later in the first half, UB shifted David Goldsby from guard to tackle and inserted red-shirt freshman Tomas Jack-Kurdyla to guard for several series. . . . UB red-shirt freshman Dev Lamour saw significant snaps at safety, his first action of the season.
Bills connections: Bills Wall of Famer Fred Smerlas, a Boston College great, was honored in the first quarter. The Eagles bring back a prominent football alumnus for every game. . . . Troy Flutie is a sophomore receiver for the Eagles. He’s the nephew of ex-Bills QB Doug Flutie.
In the house: Paid attendance was 24,203. Actual attendance was roughly 7,000.
Up next: UB opens its Mid-American Conference season at 3:30 p.m. Saturday against Kent State at UB Stadium.