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UB football game day: Florida Atlantic at Bulls

Kickoff: 7 p.m.


Radio: 1520 AM

Records: Buffalo 1-2, Florida Atlantic 1-2

Game day: Tickets are $30. Gates to Stampede Square open at 4 p.m. with the Tailgate Concert Series beginning at 5 p.m. Gin Blossoms are the headliner with Tim Britt as the opening act.

Last time out: The Bulls picked up their first win of the season with a 33-10 win over Colgate last Saturday. UB got out to a 30-3 lead at halftime behind a strong ground game that contributed 302 of the team's 486 yards.

The Owls are also coming off a victory over a Football Championship Subdivision school in Bethune-Cookman, a 45-0 outcome. The Owls set a program record with 439 rushing yards on the day.

UB, Florida Atlantic mirror images heading into Saturday's game

History: UB and Florida Atlantic have only met once prior, a 33-15 Bulls win at FAU Stadium in 2015 in Lance Leipold's third game as head coach.

The Owls got out to a 9-0 lead but the Bulls came back using only one offensive touchdown, a 19-yard run by Jordan Johnson. They also scored on two fumble recoveries, an interception return and a safety.

Big Play Bulls: UB has produced six plays of 45 yards or more through three games this season. It only had five plays of 45-plus yards all of last season. Leading that charge has been receiver Anthony Johnson, who has a catch of at least 46 yards in each of the first three weeks. Johnson overall has 16 catches for 282 yards and two touchdowns.

Fast starts: The Bulls have scored on their opening drive the last two games after doing so only once all of last season. UB scored 20 points in the first quarter against Colgate, the most it scored in the first quarter of a game since scoring 21 at Temple in 2007.

No fly zone: Saturday's game will feature two of the better pass defenses in the country. UB is first in the MAC and fourth in the nation allowing 104 yards per game and only one touchdown total. FAU is 11th at 124.3 yards per game.

Waiting his turn: Sophomore Emmanuel Reed exploded for a career-high 120 yards and his first career touchdown in UB's win last week.

"When you've got great running backs like Jordan Johnson, you accept you have to wait because he's a great running back and he taught us a lot last year," Reed said after the game. "I've been waiting three years for this.

"I always played behind another good running back. So it's not really a big deal for me. When I get in, I just try to provide a little spark to the offense."

A patient Emmanuel Reed makes most of his opportunity

For the foes: The Owls come into town with a new prominent coach in Lane Kiffin. The last former NFL head coach to visit UB Stadium was Dave Wannstedt with Pittsburgh in 2009.

FAU has a pair of running backs in Greg Howell and Devin Singletary who have 200 yards rushing on the season. WR DeAndre McNeal is the leading target through the air with 11 catches for 261 yards and two touchdowns.

Last Chance FAU: Florida Atlantic has four former stars from the Netflix show "Last Chance U" on the team in QB De’Andre Johnson, WR John Franklin III, DE Tim Bonner and tight ends coach Clint Trickett.

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