ATHENS, Ohio -- Self-inflicted wounds put the University at Buffalo in a big hole and spelled defeat Thursday against Ohio University.
UB dropped a 34-10 decision to the best team in the East Division of the Mid-American Conference.
The Bulls made it too easy for the Bobcats in falling behind 27-7 at halftime. UB outgained Ohio, 291-255, but succumbed to a flurry of mistakes.
Cornerback play was one problem.
UB senior Boise Ross was beaten on the first play from scrimmage for a 75-yard touchdown pass by Ohio’s Papi White. Ross, playing with a brace on his left knee after missing last week’s game, was outjumped for the ball 30 yards down the sideline, and the 5-9 Bobcats wideout high-stepped over him to run free to the end zone.
Ross went to the bench for four series, but his replacement, sophomore Tatum Slack, was beaten down the sideline for a 36-yard second quarter touchdown to Elijah Ball. It was a third-and-12 play, and UB had double-coverage on Ball. But neither Slack nor safety Ryan Williamson timed their plays on the ball properly in the end zone.
UB handed Ohio three points when Jamarl Eiland fumbled on a kickoff return at the Bulls’ 34.
Field goals were a problem, too. UB kicker Adam Mitcheson missed from 38 yards in the second quarter when the deficit was only 10-0. That came at the end of a promising drive that stalled after UB tackle David Goldsby incurred a personal foul penalty for a late hit out of bounds.
At the end of the half, a 20-yard field-goal try by Mitcheson was blocked by Ohio’s Casey Sales, who got surge up the middle.
Record: Ohio is 7-3. UB is 2-7. The Bobcats need just one more win or an Akron loss to clinch the MAC East and earn a spot in the conference title game.
Long TD: UB senior tight end Mason Schreck caught a 75-yard touchdown pass from Tyree Jackson in the second quarter. Jackson beat an Ohio blitz and found a wide-open Schreck 18 yards downfield. Schreck ran to the left sideline, shoved and then ran over Ohio cornerback Toran Davis at the 20. It was the longest TD pass of the season for UB.
Icing: Ohio sealed the victory with a 47-yard drive to a TD with 9:16 left in the fourth quarter to take a 34-10 advantage. Ohio had used good punts to pin UB inside its own 5 on the two previous possessions. The TD came on a 1-yard run by quarterback Quinton Maxwell.
Sack attack: Ohio entered the game ranked No. 1 in the MAC in sacks with 29. The Bobcats sacked Jackson five times. Three of them came on blitzes. Ohio’s star defensive end, senior Terrell Basham, had 1.5 sacks to bring his season total to 9. That equals Ohio’s single-season record.
Lineups: UB senior defensive tackle Max Perisse suffered a hand injury in practice. It required surgery, and he’s out for the rest of the season. Perisse started five games this season and 17 for his career. . . . Junior defensive tackle Chris Ford, who missed the past two games, was back in action. . . . Ohio was without its senior backup quarterback, Greg Windham, due to a lower leg injury suffered last week. . . . UB used Skylar Hartley at times in the second half in relief of Tomas Jack-Kurdyla. . . . Freshman Dev Lamour started at free safety and rotated with junior Tim Roberts.
Home cooking: The home team has won each of the last seven games in the series. UB is 1-7 all-time at Ohio.
In the house: Paid attendance was 17,113 at Peden Stadium. There were about 2,000 in the house.
Up next: UB returns home to play Miami Ohio on Nov. 12 at UB Stadium. The RedHawks (3-6) play host to Central Michigan at 6 p.m. Friday.