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UB football gameday: Bulls vs. Ohio

Kickoff: 1 p.m. Friday.


Radio: ESPN 1520.

Records: Buffalo 5-6 (3-4 in MAC), Ohio 8-3 (5-2).

Gameday: Tickets are $14, a decrease from the normal price for the regular season finale. Stampede Square opens at 10 a.m.

Last time out: Tyree Jackson became the first UB quarterback to throw for over 300 yards in three straight games in the Bulls' 40-24 victory against Ball State. Jackson threw for 350 yards, four touchdowns and an interception. All four of his scores went to wide receiver Anthony Johnson. Ohio's comeback efforts fell just short in a 37-34 loss to Akron in a game with heavy MAC East standings implications.

History: UB trails the all-time series, 14-9, most recently falling 34-10 to the Bobcats last season. Ohio quarterback Quinto Maxwell threw for 236 yards and two touchdowns, while the defense forced a fumble and an interception in last year's matchup.

What they're playing for: With a victory, the Bulls would be bowl eligible for the first time under coach Lance Leipold and the third time in program history. Ohio can tie Akron's MAC record, but the Zips already clinched the MAC East title with their victory against Kent State Tuesday.

Tackle watch: Khalil Hodge, who already set the Bulls' FBS-era record for tackles in a season, is five tackles away from moving into second place all-time in UB's record book. At 141 tackles, he's 20 away from leader Craig Guest.

Touchdown watch: Johnson is one receiving touchdown away from tying Naaman Roosevelt's single-season school record of 13. He has a touchdown in five of the Bulls' 11 games this season.

New and improved: Jackson has impressed since returning from a knee injury on Oct. 28 at Akron. He's thrown for 1,069 yards and seven touchdowns in three games.

Honor of the week: Defensive end Chuck Harris was named the MAC East Defensive Player of the Week after a career-high 13 tackles and a sack against Ball State. His sack came on the Cardinals' final offensive possession of the game and sealed a UB victory.

On a roll: After going 0-4 in October, the Bulls are 2-0 in November with victories against Bowling Green and Ball State.

For the foes: Ohio's MAC-leading scoring offense is powered by an excellent running game. The Bobcats have two of the top five rushers in the conference, running back A.J. Ouellette (3rd) and quarterback Nathan Rourke (5th). The latter leads the conference in scoring with 20 touchdowns.

Ohio head coach Frank Solich said the Bobcats' leading receiver, Brendan Cope, is unavailable for this game with an injury. Julian Ross, a backup running back, is questionable.

Akron was able to score on big plays last week, including 71 and 54-yard touchdown passes. That plays into UB's strength, as the Bulls have completed 19 plays of 45 yards or more this season. Johnson is a key there, recording seven touchdowns of 40 yards or more.

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