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Eastern Michigan 24, Buffalo 11

Associated Press

BUFFALO, N.Y. - Austin Smith threw a touchdown pass and ran for another TD, Samson Evans had 127 yards rushing and a touchdown on 22 carries to help Eastern Michigan beat Buffalo 24-11 to become bowl eligible in the regular season finale for both teams.

Smith was 19-of-27 passing for 141 yards and his 5-yard touchdown run opened the scoring midway through the first quarter. JB Mitchell III had seven receptions for 75 yards for Eastern Michigan (6-6, 4-4 Mid-American Conference).

Jaylon Jackson caught a 19-yard TD pass from Smith to cap an 11-play, 80-yard drive and make it 14-0 with 8:58 left in the second quarter. Jesus Gomez kicked a 23-yard field goal about 4 minutes later and the Eagles went 95 yards in eight plays to take a 24-0 lead when Evans scored on a 1-yard run with 7 seconds left in the half.

Ron Cook Jr. got Buffalo (3-9, 3-5) on the scoreboard with a 6-yard touchdown run in the third quarter and Alex McNulty kicked a 40-yard field goal to cap the scoring with 6:01 left.

The Bulls lost three of their four fumbles.

November 21, 2023


Scoring Summary
First Quarter EastMiBuff
EastMi TD 7:20 Austin Smith 5 yd run (Jesus Gomez kick) 7 0
Second Quarter EastMiBuff
EastMi TD 8:41 Jaylon Jackson 19 yd pass from Austin Smith (Jesus Gomez kick) 14 0
EastMi FG 4:21 Jesus Gomez 29 yd FG 17 0
EastMi TD 0:07 Samson Evans 1 yd run (Jesus Gomez kick) 24 0
Third Quarter EastMiBuff
Buff TD 4:45 Ron Cook Jr. 6 yd run (Cameron Ball 2pt pass from Cole Snyder) 24 8
Fourth Quarter EastMiBuff
Buff FG 6:01 Alex McNulty 40 yd FG 24 11
Team Stats
  Eastern Michigan Buffalo
First downs 21 18
  Rushing 11 9
  Passing 9 5
  Penalty 1 4
3rd Down Efficiency 5-16, 31% 3-12, 25%
4th down efficiency 2-2, 100% 1-6, 17%
Rushes-Yards 46-226 30-163
Passing Yards 141 174
Return Yards 46 44
Completions-Attempts-Int 19-27-0 12-28-0
Sacks-Yards Lost 1--8 1--2
Punts 5 2
Punts-Average 43.2 48.5
Fumbles Lost 1-1 4-3
Penalties - Yards 8-85 3-25
Time of Possession 34:52 24:37
Eastern Michigan Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
A. Smith 19 27 141 1 0
Buffalo Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
C. Snyder 11 26 135 0 0
C. Ogbonna 1 2 39 0 0
Eastern Michigan Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
S. Evans 22 127 5.8 1
J. Jackson 16 72 4.5 0
A. Smith 6 29 4.8 1
Buffalo Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
R. Cook Jr. 10 43 4.3 1
C. Ogbonna 6 43 7.2 0
M. Washington Jr. 7 35 5.0 0
J. Barksdale 3 18 6.0 0
N. McMillan 1 18 18.0 0
A. Venneri 1 9 9.0 0
C. Snyder 1 -2 -2.0 0
Eastern Michigan Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
J. Mitchell III 7 75 10.7 0
J. Getzinger 2 19 9.5 0
J. Jackson 3 18 6.0 1
A. Paaske 2 12 6.0 0
T. Knue 2 7 3.5 0
S. Evans 2 5 2.5 0
T. Lockett Jr. 1 5 5.0 0
Buffalo Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
M. Johnson 4 80 20.0 0
D. Harding Jr. 2 62 31.0 0
B. Curry 2 17 8.5 0
N. McMillan 1 12 12.0 0
C. Harrity 1 4 4.0 0
R. Cook Jr. 1 2 2.0 0
M. Washington Jr. 1 -3 -3.0 0
Eastern Michigan Interceptions
Player Int Yards
Buffalo Interceptions
Player Int Yards
Eastern Michigan Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
M. Tomasek 5 216 43.2
Buffalo Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
A. Venneri 2 97 48.5
Eastern Michigan Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
Buffalo Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
C. Harrity 1 -5 -5.0
Eastern Michigan Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
J. Jackson 2 32 16.0
H. El-Zayat 1 14 14.0
Buffalo Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
R. Cook Jr. 2 30 15.0
C. Harrity 1 19 19.0
Eastern Michigan Missed FG
Player Length
J. Gomez 38
Buffalo Missed FG
Player Length




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