Everyone remembered last year. The home opener was supposed to be a win over Albany, a lower-division team from the FCS. But the University at Buffalo lost that game. And no one forgot that feeling.
So the Bulls came out hard and sharp in Saturday night's home opener at UB Stadium against another FCS school, Colgate.
The Bulls struck early and often to earn a 33-10 win.
UB scored t0uchdowns on its first four possessions and came away with points on all five in the first half en route to a 30-3 halftime lead.
It was a win Buffalo needed after playing well in its first two games, but coming up short in losses at Minnesota and Army West Point.
Opening drive: The Bulls scored on the first drive. Using five running plays to open the game, the Bulls used moderate gains to march down the field. A 14-yard run by quarterback Tyree Jackson capped the 11-play, 75-yard drive that ate up nearly five minutes.
Run opens up the pass: After dominating the opening drive with the run game, the Bulls used the pass to open up a 14-0 lead in the first quarter. A 58-yard pass from Jackson to Tyler Mabry set up a 14-yard TD from Jackson to Anthony Johnson.
Bend but not break: While his receivers were well-covered, Colgate quarterback Grant Breneman gained yards on the ground. Breneman turned some scrambles into big gains, including runs of 22 and 23 yards, the later putting Colgate inside the UB 5-yard line. The Bulls defense was solid, then got a break when tight end Nick Martinson couldn't pull in a toss in the end zone. Colgate settled for a field goal, making it a 14-3 UB lead.
First career touchdown: Emmanuel Reed's 10-yard TD run with 48 seconds left in the first quarter was the first touchdown of his career. Reed, a sophomore running back, played in just three games as a reserve last season.
Third-down efficiency: The Bulls went 8 for 8 on third-down conversions in the first half and did not punt in the first 30 minutes of play.
Penalties costly: In the third quarter, the Bulls were called for pass interference twice, extending a Colgate drive. The Raiders finally broke into the end zone for the first time with 2:38 left in the third quarter, capping that drive with a 5-yard run by Malik Twyman.
Finishing it off: The Bulls ate up just over nine minutes of clock in the fourth quarter, taking their time driving 54 yards. Adam Mitcheson kicked the 21-yard field goal for a 33-10 lead.
All-time series: The series between UB and Colgate is now tied, 8-8. The last time the teams met was in 2003, when Colgate won at UB Stadium. The series dates to 1898.
UB starting offense: QB Tyree Jackson, RB Johnathan Hawkins, WR Kamathi Holsey, WR Jamarl Eiland, WR Anthony Johnson, LT Evin Ksiezarczyk, LG Brandon Manosalvas, C James O'Hagan, RG Tomas Jack-Kurdyla, RT Jacquis Webb, TE Tyler Marbry.
UB starting defense: DE Demone Harris, NG Chris Ford, DT Justin Brandon, DE Chuck Harris, OLB Jarrett Franklin, ILB Khalil Hodge, OLB, Jordan Collier, CB Tatum Slack, SS Tim Roberts, FS Ryan Williamson, CB Cameron Lewis.
Counting the house: There were 11,546 for the home opener at UB Stadium.
Up next: The Bulls stay in the friendly confines of UB Stadium when they host Florida Atlantic at 7 p.m. Saturday.