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Ohio cornerback Justin Birchette (#8) runs to tackle Buffalo's wide receiver Marilyn Johnson (#11) in the first quarter of the match held at UB Stadium in Amherst, NY, resulting in a 27-26 loss for the Bobcats.

Football: Fast reactions to Ohio's 27-26 loss to Buffalo

AMHERST, N.Y. — Ohio suffered its second Mid-American Conference loss on Saturday when it lost 27-26 to Buffalo at UB Stadium on Saturday.

Despite building up a 21-point lead in the first quarter, Ohio failed to record a touchdown in the second half and attempted to burn the clock to keep its lead. Instead, Buffalo managed to climb back up from 21-0 deficit and beat Ohio on a last-second field goal.

Here are the fast reactions to Ohio’s 27-26 loss to Buffalo:

Armani Rogers continues to impress

Rogers was given the start against the Bulls following his strong performances against both Akron and Central Michigan. Ohio coach Tim Albin said the start is given to whichever quarterback impressed the most during practices, and obviously Rogers was up to snuff.

And he managed to prove it against the Bulls. Rogers’ first half performance was among the best of his career while with the Bobcats. His 99-yard touchdown run in the first quarter set a new record for the longest rushing touchdown by a quarterback in NCAA history.

First quarter offset

The Bobcats didn’t just run out of the gate — they sprinted. Three touchdowns in three drives to open the game, followed by an interception by cornerback Roman Parodie let Ohio run the first quarter at its own pace.

Their performance lulled as the half dragged on, allowing 10 points on the Bulls’ last two drives of the half. After halftime, Ohio’s only offense came from a field goal scored in the third quarter, followed up by a safety by Buffalo.

Burn the clock

Ohio deferred to the second half after winning the coin toss. After reentering the field after halftime and up by 11 points, Ohio burned the clock to hold its lead. 

It worked. Ohio’s first drive of the second half shaved eight minutes and 16 seconds off the clock. In the third quarter, Buffalo held possession for just 43 seconds.


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