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UB Gameday: Bulls look for first 5-0 start when they host Army

Kickoff: noon Saturday.

TV: CBS Sports Network.

Radio: ESPN 1520.

Records: UB 4-0; Army West Point 2-2.

Last time out: The Bulls moved to 4-0 for the first time since 1981 season with a 42-13 win over Rutgers in New Brunswick, N.J. They were led by junior quarterback Tyree Jackson who threw for three touchdowns and freshman Jaret Patterson who rushed for two more.

Army West Point is coming off a 28-21 overtime loss at No. 5 Oklahoma. Quarterback Kelvin Hopkins Jr. has rushed for 308 yards and four touchdowns while throwing for 460 yards and two TDs.

History: The all-time series is tied, 3-3, with the Black Knights winning the last meeting, 21-17, last season at Michie Stadium.

Streaking: The Bulls are looking for a 5-0 start, which would be their first since 1980. Dating back to last season, UB has won seven straight games, tied for the fourth longest in the country with Duke. UCF has the longest winning streak at 16 followed by Ohio State (nine) and Penn State (eight).

A win on Saturday would be the first eight-game winning streak for UB since winning eight in a row between the 1946 and 1947 seasons.

More streaks: The Bulls are the only team in the nation not to have allowed a sack this season while attempting 128 passes.

Meanwhile while the team’s 31-plus points in seven straight wins is the third longest streak in the country behind UCF (16) and Penn State (eight).

All about Tyree: Through four games, UB quarterback Tyree Jackson already has more touchdowns (15) than he did all of last season.  Those 15 TDs already ranks 10th in school history for single-season passing touchdowns and is tied for third most in the nation, along with D’Eriq King of Houston.

Cole McDonald of Hawaii leads the country with 20 TD passes followed by Dwayne Haskins of Ohio State who has 16 TD throws.

Jackson is also 80 yards shy of becoming the sixth quarterback in UB history to throw for 5,000 yards in his career.

Scoring early, and often: The Bulls have outscored their opponents, 54-3 in the first quarter this season. Buffalo has scored 28 or more first-half points in three of its first four games. UB has led at the half in all four games this season.

The quick starts have helped the Bulls put up big overall numbers and their 40.2 points per game average ranks second in the Mid-American Conference.

Youth movement: While the veterans have been the backbone of UB’s early success, the freshmen are making noise as well with 11 of Buffalo’s 23 touchdowns scored by freshmen.

Buffalo’s top two leading rushers are freshmen – Kevin Marks who has 282 yards and five touchdowns and Jaret Patterson who has rushed for 175 yards and three touchdowns.

Army strong: The Black Knights veteran defense has been impressive against high-powered offenses this season, including Hawaii and Oklahoma. The Rainbow Warriors were averaging 48 points, while the Sooners were averaging 50 points. The Black Knights held both well below their averages, allowing 21 and 28 points, respectively.

Possessions matter: Army’s best defense has been its offense, which milks possessions and limits opportunities for opponents.

This season, Black Knights opponents have averaged just 10 possessions per game, and 49 plays per game.  For comparison, the Bulls had nine possessions in the first half alone at Rutgers. The Bulls average 71 plays per game.

Ground game: After leading the nation in rushing last year, the Black Knights are back in the Top-10 averaging 314.8 yards (fourth nationally) over their last four contests.

The run game has been more on-point for Army the last games, averaging 363.7 rushing yards while scoring 11 of their 12 touchdowns on the rush.

Between the uprights: Bulls kicker Adam Mitcheson is four field goals shy of the school record for career field goals. The senior has 40 for his career, second all-time behind A.J. Principe who made 44 field goals from 2007-2010.

Mitcheson has 229 career points, trailing Principe again who finished with 265 points.

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