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UB football game day: Bulls at Kent State

Kickoff: 3:30 p.m.


Radio: 1520 AM

Records: Buffalo 2-2, Kent State 1-3

Last time out: UB moved to .500 with a 34-31 victory against Lane Kiffin and the FAU Owls last Saturday. The Bulls went up two scores, thanks to an Anthony Johnson touchdown with 2:37 remaining, a cushion they'd need after giving up a seven-play, 75-yard touchdown drive on the following possession.

Kent State is coming off a 42-3 beatdown by No. 17 Louisville, the second Top 25 team the Golden Flashes have seen. No. 2 Clemson defeated Kent State, 56-3, in the teams' season opener. Louisville held Kent State's quarterbacks, George Bollas and Dustin Crum, to only 11 yards through the air.

History: The UB-Kent State series, tied at 11 wins apiece, has been dominated by the road team lately. The visitors have won in the teams' last seven meetings, which includes a five-game UB streak in Dix Stadium dating to 2003. The Bulls have won more games at Dix than any other stadium in the MAC.

Questions at quarterback: Buffalo starter Tyree Jackson was knocked out of the FAU game with a knee injury late in the first half and did not return. His status is up in the air for Saturday's outing.

Luckily for the Bulls, they got a strong performance from junior Drew Anderson in relief. He completed seven of nine passes for 209 yards and a touchdown in his second collegiate appearance.

"I felt that if I had an opportunity, I could play well," Anderson said after the game Saturday. "Hopefully, the offense doesn't skip a beat. As a backup quarterback, that's your job. When a guy goes down, the offense can't stall."

Help on the outside: If Anderson does play, it'll be vital to recreate the connection Jackson has built with Johnson, the team's top wideout. Johnson, who redshirted last season after transferring from Iowa Western Community College, started his Bulls career with a 140-yard, one touchdown performance against Minnesota. He added another 87 yards and a touchdown against FAU, pushing him to 24th in the nation in receiving yards. Anderson and the Bulls' leading wide receiver got off to a good start, as Johnson caught Anderson's first passing touchdown of his career last week.

MAC-opening blues: The start of the conference season hasn't been kind to UB this decade. The last time the Bulls won their opener was 2010, a 28-26 victory against Bowling Green. Last season the Bulls were blown out in their opener, giving up 224 yards on the ground to Kent State QB/WR Nick Holley in a 44-20 loss. Buffalo is 6-12 in MAC openers since joining the conference in 1999.

For the foes: Kent State has two rushers averaging 4 yards or better per carry, Holley (5.9) and Justin Rankin (4.0). Whoever starts at quarterback for UB will face red-hot cornerback Demetrius Monday. The senior has an FBS-leading four interceptions in the last three games.

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