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Bulls look to turn around MAC opener struggles at Kent State

Mid-American Conference openers have not been kind to the University at Buffalo since joining the conference in 1999. UB is 6-12 all-time in MAC openers and hasn’t won one since beating Bowling Green on the road in 2010.

One place the Bulls have found success, though, is at Dix Stadium. They have won their last five meetings at Kent State, with their last loss coming all the way back in 2003.

UB (2-2) will look for its third straight win of the season when it visits the Golden Flashes (1-3) for a 3:30 p.m. game on Saturday.

The Bulls are coming off a 34-31 win over Florida Atlantic last week that saw Drew Anderson play well in the absence of starting quarterback Tyree Jackson, who suffered a left knee injury late in the first half.

Anderson, a junior, went 7 of 9 for 109 yards, including a 20-yard touchdown pass to Anthony Johnson with 2:37 left in the fourth quarter which made the score 34-24.

Even though Buffalo allowed 150 yards passing to the Owls, it still leads the nation in pass defense at 115.5 yards per game. The Bulls have two interceptions on the year and have only given up one touchdown through the air.

Also defensively, Khalil Hodge leads the MAC and ranks second in the nation in tackles, averaging 13.2 per game.

Following a breakout performance against Colgate, Emmanuel Reed earned his first start and ran 26 times for a team-high 107 yards against FAU.

The Golden Eagles won their lone game against Howard in Week Two. Losses have been at Clemson, Marshall and Louisville.

Kent State cornerback Demetrius Monday leads the nation in interceptions with four so far this season.

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