NCAAF Game Recap - Buffalo at Charlotte
Fri Dec 20, 2019 2:00 PM EST

Boise
7
Wash
38
F
App
31
UAB
17
F
Buff
31
Char
9
F
UtSt
41
Kent
51
F
C Mi
11
SDSU
48
F
Lib
23
GaSo
16
F
SMU
28
FlAtl
52
F
FLInt
26
ArkSt
34
F
UCF
48
Marsh
25
F

Dec 20, 2019, 2:00 PM EST

Final

1

2

3

4

T

Buffalo (8-5)

7

10

7

7

31

Charlotte (7-6)

0

0

6

3

9

Buffalo tops Charlotte 31-9 in Bahamas Bowl
Fri Dec 20, 2019 7:29 PM

NASSAU, Bahamas (AP) Buffalo got its first bowl win, and Jaret Patterson put an exclamation point on his record-setting season.

Patterson ran for 173 yards and two touchdowns, Kyle Vantrease passed for a touchdown and ran for another and Buffalo got its first bowl win in four tries by beating Charlotte 31-9 on Friday in the Bahamas Bowl.

"I'm just really proud of this group guys and how hard they worked," Bulls coach Lance Leipold said. "We overcame a lot."

Patterson had 32 carries for the Bulls (8-5), who were winless in three previous bowl appearances. He finished the year with a slew of school single-season records, including 330 carries, 1,799 yards and 19 rushing touchdowns.

Antonio Nunn caught a 12-yard touchdown pass from Vantrease on the first Buffalo drive to open the scoring, and Vantrease capped a marathon 15-play, 74-yard, 8-1/2-minute drive by plunging in from the 1 with 3:33 left in the half to push the Bulls' lead to 14-0.

Patterson scored on a 6-yard run midway through the third quarter to make it 24-0, then sealed the win with a 10-yard TD rush late to cap a 16-play scoring drive.

"He wore us down," Charlotte coach Will Healy said.

Victor Tucker caught a 51-yard catch-and-run touchdown pass from Chris Reynolds late in the third quarter for Charlotte (7-6), which saw its five-game winning streak snapped. Charlotte was in a bowl game for the first time.

Reynolds completed 15 of 24 passes for 198 yards.

The bowl game was the first of 40 to be played this season.

THE TAKEAWAY

Buffalo: The Bulls had lost all three of their previous bowl trips by double-digits, but never trailed in this game. Buffalo ended the season with six wins in seven games, the only misstep in there being a three-point loss at Kent State on Nov. 14.

Charlotte: The bowl loss may sting for a bit, but it's important to note that the 49ers - in only their fifth season at the FBS level - had been 2-10, 4-8, 1-11 and 5-7 before this year. Charlotte not only got to a bowl but did so in a year where it was picked to finish last in Conference USA's East division.

BALANCED TRIP

During their days in the Bahamas, the teams took part in a youth clinic, dance contests, a pinball tournament and some beach and pool time. Temperatures Friday were in the mid-70s in the Bahamas, mid-50s in Charlotte - and mid-20s in Buffalo. "To be able to get down here in the sun is really nice for us," Bulls defensive end Taylor Riggins said.

TOUGH DEBUT

Charlotte went scoreless on its first seven possessions and punted on only one of those. The 49ers missed a field-goal attempt - Jonathan Cruz's 33-yard try late in the first quarter got caught up in the 25 mph right-to-left breeze and sailed well past the left upright - plus had two other drives stopped on downs and two more snuffed out by turnovers. The other possession was erased by the end of the first half, without the offense even getting on the field after Charlotte's Marquavis Gibbs intercepted a pass by Vantrease and ran it back to near midfield as the second quarter ended.

ODD FINISH

The teams shook hands and Buffalo began celebrating thinking the game was over - but there were three seconds left on the clock. So the teams headed back to their sidelines, Charlotte then called time-out, and Reynolds got sacked on the `second' final play.

UP NEXT

Buffalo: Open next season Sept. 5 at Kansas State.

Charlotte: Open next season Sept. 5 at Tennessee.

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Passing

Buff Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat
K. Vantrease 17 8 47.1 1 77 23 1 55.3
Char Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat
C. Reynolds 24 15 62.5 1 198 51 1 85.1

Rushing

Buff Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
J. Patterson 32 173 5.4 21 2
K. Marks Jr. 12 27 2.3 7 0
Char Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
B. LeMay 13 45 3.5 8 0
V. Tucker 1 12 12.0 12 0

Receiving

Buff Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
A. Nunn 5 53 10.6 23 1
Z. Lefebvre 2 18 9.0 12 0
Char Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
T. Ringwood 5 64 12.8 25 0
V. Tucker 3 61 20.3 51 1

Fumbles

Char F FL
C. Reynolds 1 1

Returning

Buff KR Avg KRTD LgKR PR Avg TD LgPR
A. Nunn 0 - 0 0 1 4.0 0 4
Char KR Avg KRTD LgKR PR Avg TD LgPR
N. Lyon 0 - 0 0 2 15.5 0 22

Punting

Buff Punt Yds Avg LgPu
J. Baltar 3 128 42.7 47
Char Punt Yds Avg LgPu
C. Bowler 1 39 39.0 39

Takeaways

Buff Int Yds InTD
J. Patterson 1 20 0
Char Int Yds InTD
M. Gibbs 1 34 0

Team Stats Comparison

Buff Char
Points For 31 9
Total Yards 282 278
Rushing Yards 205 80
Passing Yards 77 198
Passing Completions / Attempts 8/17 15/24
Turnovers 1 2
Interceptions Thrown 1 1
Fumbles - Lost 0/0 1/1
First Downs 19 15
Penalties - Yards 2/30 3/20
Time Of Possession 12:12 48:48
Third Down Conversions/Attempts 7/14 5/12
Fourth Down Conversions/Attempts 2/2 2/4
Punts - Average Yards 3/43 1/39

Scoring Summary

1st Quarter Buff Char
Buff 5:48 TD Antonio Nunn 12 yd pass from Kyle Vantrease (Alex McNulty kick) 7 0
2nd Quarter Buff Char
Buff 11:27 TD Kyle Vantrease 1 yd run (Alex McNulty kick) 14 0
Buff 13:35 FG Alex McNulty 31 yd FG 17 0
3rd Quarter Buff Char
Buff 9:38 TD Jaret Patterson 6 yd run (Alex McNulty kick) 24 0
Char 12:40 TD Victor Tucker 51 yd pass from Chris Reynolds (failed 2pt pass) 24 6
4th Quarter Buff Char
Char 4:10 FG Jonathan Cruz 32 yd FG 24 9
Buff 13:17 TD Jaret Patterson 10 yd run (Alex McNulty kick) 31 9

Game Information

Stadium: Thomas Robinson Stadium, Nassau,
Attendance: 0
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