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Gameday: UB at Army West Point

Kickoff: Noon. Today at Michie Stadium, West Point, N.Y.


Radio: 1520 AM.

Latest line: Buffalo +15.5

Records: UB 0-1; Army West Point 1-0.

Last time out: The Bulls turned heads with their 17-7 loss at Minnesota in last week’s season opener. The 17 points were the fewest allowed by the Buffalo defense against a Power 5 opponent. Consider that last year UB allowed more than 32 points per game.

Army West Point opened its season with a 64-6 win over Fordham. The Black Knights rushed for 513 yards in that game led by quarterback Ahmad Bradshaw who rushed for 177 yards and two touchdowns on nine carries.

Trending: The defense was impressive for the Bulls in their first game, highlighted by junior linebacker Khalil Hodge who had a career-high 20 tackles. It was the most tackles in a game by a UB player since Davonte Shannon had 20 against Army West Point in 2008. Four other Bulls recorded career-highs in tackles – Tim Roberts (13), Justin Brandon (seven), Jordan Collier (seven) and Chuck Harris (five).

Big debut: Anthony Johnson had 11 receptions for 140 yards and scored the Bulls only touchdown last week in his first game with the Bulls. Those 11 catches were two shy of the single-game school record. The junior wide receiver redshirted last season after transferring from Iowa Western Community College.

About last year: Army West Point visited UB stadium last year when the Bulls erased a 14-point fourth-quarter deficit and earned a 23-20 overtime win. Adam Mitcheson kicked the 33-yard field goal in overtime to secure the win for Buffalo.

The series: It’s the sixth meeting between the schools with Buffalo leading, 3-2, but the Black Knights have a 2-1 advantage in West Point.

Familiar face: Army head coach Jeff Monken was a wide receivers coach at UB from 1992-94. His first game as coach for Army was the 2014 season opener, which the Black Knights won over UB at Michie Stadium.

What’s at stake: The Bulls are looking to build off their performance in Minnesota and turn good plays into a win. It will be a test for the UB defense, which was impressive against the Gophers. The Patriot League is no Big Ten, but the Black Knights put on a ground show that made them the best rushing team in college football.

Up next: UB will host Colgate in the Bulls’ home opener. The 6 p.m. kickoff on Saturday, Sept. 16, will be broadcast on ESPN3.

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