Recap: Eastern Mich vs. Buffalo
Ypsilanti, MI (SportsNetwork.com) - Reginald Bell rushed for a team-high 202 yards and three touchdowns while throwing for another, as the Eastern Michigan Eagles defeated the Buffalo Bulls, 37-27, in a Mid-American Conference clash at Rynearson Stadium.
Bell threw for 144 yards on 8-of-13 passing for the Eagles (2-4, 1-1 MAC) while Ryan Brumfield added 62 yards and a touchdown on the ground. David Gibson tallied 47 yards and a score on two receptions.
As for the Bulls (3-4, 1-2), Joe Licata threw for 383 yards three touchdowns, to go with two interceptions, on 27-of-44 passing. Anthone Taylor contributed 128 yards on the ground while Ron Willoughby finished with 103 yards on four grabs. Marcus McGill contributed 74 yards and a touchdown on four receptions and Devon Hughes racked up 58 yards and a score on a game-high seven catches.
The Bulls scored first, as Licata completed a 24-yard touchdown pass to McGill at the 2:53 mark in the first quarter.
Patrick Clarke added a 24-yard field goal to push the Buffalo lead to 10-0 with 9:24 to play in the second quarter.
With under a minute to play in the first half, the Eagles got on the board with a 21-yard field goal from Dylan Mulder.
On the first possession in the third quarter Bell ran for a 71-yard touchdown. The extra point try was blocked , keeping the Bulls ahead, 10-9.
Buffalo took advantage of a failed on-side kick when Clarke converted on a 40-yard field goal to push the lead to 13-9.
Brumfield capped off a seven-play, 53-yard drive with a one-yard touchdown run to give the Eagles a 16-13 lead with three minutes left in the third quarter.
Four plays the Eagles blocked a field goal attempt, Bell ran into the end zone from 10 yards out to extend the lead to 23-13 with 11:38 to play in the game. On the ensuing kick off Devin Campbell recovered a fumble and Bell connected with Gibson on a 23-yard touchdown pass to push the lead to 30-13.
Licata cut the lead to 10 points with a 50-yard touchdown pass to Matt Weiser with just under five minutes to play in the contest.
The Bulls recovered an on-side kick following the score, but Licata was intercepted by Jason Beck five players later, setting up a 72-yard touchdown run from Bell.
The Bulls would answer back when Licata threw a four-yard touchdown pass to Devon Hughes but it was too late.
The Eagle defense held when it mattered most as the opposition only scored 3- of-6 chances in the red zone.Game Notes