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UB football gameday: Bulls vs. Bowling Green

Kickoff: 7:30 p.m. Tuesday

TV: ESPNU

Radio: ESPN 1520

Records: Buffalo 3-6 (1-4 in MAC), Bowling Green 2-7 (2-3)

Gameday: Tickets are $30. There is no Tailgate Series concert this week, but Stampede Square opens at 4:30 p.m.

Last time out: UB starting quarterback Tyree Jackson returned to action after missing over a month with a knee injury, but it wasn't enough to push the Bulls past the Akron Zips. Akron QB Thomas Woodson threw a 36-yard pass to Kevin Gladney with 4:46 remaining in the fourth quarter, allowing the Zips to squeak past UB 21-20. Bowling Green ended a two-game skid with a 44-16 victory against Kent State Halloween night.

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History: Bowling Green has dominated the all-time series both overall and in recent years. The Falcons have won 11 of their 14 meetings with the Bulls and each of the last six. Last year UB lost 27-19 to Bowling Green in the season finale, the third straight time the Bulls have fallen to the Falcons by one score.

Inching closer: Khalil Hodge is just six tackles short of UB's Division I-era record for tackles in a season, 125. He leads the MAC and is second in Division I football with 13.2 tackles per game. He was all around the ball in last year's Bowling Green game, recording 16 tackles.

Return of the rush: Emmanuel Reed and the Bulls' rushing game got back on track against Akron. After failing the break the 100-yard mark in the previous three weeks, UB ran for 141 yards against the Zips. Reed accounted for 116 yards and ran for two touchdowns.

Take a walk: Defensive end Demone Harris was named a nominee for the Bulsworth Trophy, given to college football's most outstanding player who started their career as a walk-on. Harris, a senior Bishop Timon grad, has 42 tackles this season and leads the team with 7.5 tackles for loss and three sacks.

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October blues: The Bulls hope the change of the calendar means a change of results. After winning three straight games at the end of September, UB went 0-4 in October and lost by a combined 15 points.

MAC attack: Safety Tim Roberts was last week's MAC East Defensive Player of the Week after recording a team-high six tackles, an interception and a tackle for loss in the Akron game. It's the sixth time a UB player has earned MAC honors this season.

For the foes: Bowling Green has a young backfield, starting with red-hot true freshman running back Andrew Clair. He's rushed for more than 100 yards in each of the last four games and is averaging over seven yards per run. The Falcons' starting QB, Jarret Doege, is also a true freshman. He threw for 174 yards a two touchdowns and notched his first rushing TD last week.

The Falcons' defense is tenacious, forcing a Division I-leading 13 fumbles and 20 overall turnovers this season, but is not without flaws. Bowling Green ranks last in the MAC in total defense, giving up nearly 500 yards per game.

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