Joe Licata and the Buffalo Bulls battle Blake Frohnapfel and the Massachusetts Minutemen in a game that will feature two of the best players in the MAC. Buffalo (5-6) has won three of its last five, showing signs of life in what has been a relatively disappointing season. The game will air Friday, Nov 27 at 4:30 p.m. ET
Both teams are coming off poor outings. UB was blown out at Akron, 42-21. UMass lost at home to Miami, 20-13. That snapped Miami’s 22-game road losing streak.
The Massachusetts Minutemen dropped to 2-9 (1-6 MAC-East) on the season after being defeated by the Miami (OH) Redhawks 20-13 this past Saturday. Massachusetts allowed Miami (OH) to score 10 unanswered points in the 4th quarter and was outgained by the Redhawks by a 299-250 margin. Leading the way for the Minutemen was RB Marquis Young who had 77 yards and a TD on 13 carries. On the season, Massachusetts is averaging 24.1 ppg on 394.5 yards per game (266.1 passing, 128.4 rushing). The Minutemen have been led by WR Tajae Sharpe who is averaging 107.4 yards per game and has 5 TD’s. QB Blake Frohnapfel is averaging 250.5 yds/game and has 16 TD and 11 INT. The Minutemen rushing attack is led by Marquis Young who is averaging 65.45 yds/game and has 4 TD on the season. Defensively, Massachusetts is allowing their opponents to average 31.9 ppg on 447.9 yards per game (252.0 passing, 195.9 rushing). The Minutemen have a turnover margin of zero and have been led on the defensive side by LB Jovan Santo-Knox who had recorded 121 tackles on the season.
The Buffalo Bulls dropped to 5-6 (3-4 MAC East) on the season after being defeated 42-21 by the Akron Zips this past Saturday. Buffalo was outgained by Akron by a 475-392 margin and committed three turnovers in the loss. Leading the way for the Bulls WR Ron Willoughby who had 11 receptions for 105 yards. On the season, Buffalo is averaging 26.7 ppg on 380.9 yards per game (246.1 passing, 134.8 rushing). Buffalo is led by their strong rushing attack which features Anthone Taylor (74.40 yds/game, 2 TD) and Jordan Johnson (66.73 yds/game, 11 TD). QB Joe Licata has through for 15 TD and 13 INT and is averaging 243.8 yds/game. WR Ron Willoughby (69.0 yds/game, 6 TD) and TE Matt Weiser (50.6 ppg, 2 TD) have been the leading receivers for the Bulls. Defensively, is holding their opponents to an average of 27.3 ppg on 409.4 yards per game (233.2 passing, 176.2 rushing). Buffalo currently has a turnover margin of -1 on the season and has been led on the defensive side by LB Nick Gilbo who has 105 tackles and 3.5 sacks.