Adam Mitcheson kicked a 33-yard field goal in overtime to give the University at Buffalo a 23-20 upset victory over Army Saturday night.
The win was the biggest in the short tenure of UB coach Lance Leipold. UB was
a 14-point underdog.
UB rallied for 14 points in the fourth quarter to tie the game, 20-20.
Red-shirt freshman quarterback Tyree Jackson led drives of 66 and 62 yards to pull UB even. Jackson hit Kamathi Holsey with a 5-yard TD pass with 8:25 left to pull UB with one score. Jackson tied the game with a 1-yard plunge with 2:26 left.
Army missed a 34-yard field goal attempt with 3 seconds left in regulation, which forced overtime.
UB improved to 1-2. Army fell to 3-1.
While Army rushed for 395 yards in regulation, the game was a stellar one for UB’s defense. The Bulls held Army to just two TDs and two field goals in 11 possessions.
Turnover: UB forced Army’s first turnover of the season on the opening drive of the second half. Cornerback Brandon Williams put a big hit on Jordan Asberry as he was receiving a pitch. The ball bounded away and Ishmael Hargrove recovered at the Army 23. UB turned it into a touchdown.
Lineup notes: UB was without cornerback Boise Ross for the first half due to the targeting foul he incurred last week. Sophomore Brandon Williams started in his place. UB moved cornerback Cam Lewis to safety and safety Andrews Dadeboe on the edge. Dadeboe gave UB a bigger edge defender, and Lewis provided a sure tackler on the back line. Ross was required to sit in the locker room for the first half, according to NCAA rules. In the second half, Ross took Dadeboe’s spot on the edge and Lewis stayed at safety.
Army’s senior place-kicker, Mitchell Howard, was lost to a leg injury on the opening kickoff. But back-up kicker Nick Schrage made a 21-yard field goal, the first of his career, in the second quarter.
Fourth down: Army is so confident in its running game it goes for it on fourth down a lot. Army was 5 for 5 on fourth down entering the game. That included a fourth-and-1 situation from its own 26 that it converted against Rice.
In the house: Paid attendance was 19,217.
Up next: UB plays at Boston College at 1 p.m. Saturday. B.C. stands 2-2 after routing lower-division Wagner, 42-10. B.C. lost to Georgia Tech (17-14) and Virginia Tech (49-0) and beat Massachusetts (26-7).