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Buffalo 50, Eastern Michigan 31

Associated Press

YPSILANTI, Mich. - Cole Snyder threw for two touchdowns, ran for two more and Buffalo beat Eastern Michigan 50-31.

The teams combined to score on the first 10 possessions, the 10th a Buffalo touchdown for a 37-31 lead in the third quarter when Snyder found Jamari Gassett alone down the left sideline for a 65-yard play.

The first punt came after that, and though Mitchell Tomasek's kick left Buffalo at its 1, the Bulls drove for an Alex McNulty field goal. They added another to lead 43-32 after EMU (2-2, 0-1 Mid-American Conference) turned the ball over on downs. The Bulls scored on their first nine possessions.

The Bulls (1-3, 1-0) avoided their first 0-4 start since 2005 and snapped a seven-game losing streak.

Snyder, a transfer from Rutgers, was 19-of-28 passing for 291 yards. Quian Williams had 93 yards receiving and a score. Mike Washington ran for two TDs.

EMU's Austin Smith, who took over for injured Taylor Powell in last week's 30-21 win over Arizona State, made his first career start and passed for a TD and ran for another. Samson Evans, who rushed for 258 yards on 36 carries against the Sun Devils, had just 52 yards on 15 carries against the Bulls. Tanner Knue had 106 yards receiving.

The game began with consecutive touchdowns with Williams, who transferred from EMU before the 2021 season, reaching the 1 on a 59-yard pass play to set up Buffalo's first score. EMU followed with Jaylon Jackson's 89-yard kickoff return. The back-and-forth scoring resulted in a 30-24 Bulls halftime lead.


Scoring Summary
First Quarter BuffEastMi
Buff TD 13:11 Cole Snyder 1 yd run (Alex McNulty kick) 7 0
EastMi TD 12:57 Jaylon Jackson 89 yd kick return (Jesus Gomez kick) 7 7
Buff TD 5:35 Quian Williams 13 yd pass from Cole Snyder (blocked XP) 13 7
EastMi TD 1:43 Tanner Knue 10 yd pass from Austin Smith (Jesus Gomez kick) 13 14
Second Quarter BuffEastMi
Buff TD 12:01 Mike Washington 2 yd run (Alex McNulty kick) 20 14
EastMi FG 8:18 Jesus Gomez 35 yd FG 20 17
Buff TD 3:30 Mike Washington 4 yd run (Alex McNulty kick) 27 17
EastMi TD 0:28 Austin Smith 1 yd run (Jesus Gomez kick) 27 24
Buff FG 0:00 Alex McNulty 41 yd FG 30 24
Third Quarter BuffEastMi
EastMi TD 10:38 Darius Boone Jr. 1 yd run (Jesus Gomez kick) 30 31
Buff TD 9:15 Jamari Gassett 65 yd pass from Cole Snyder (Alex McNulty kick) 37 31
Buff FG 2:08 Alex McNulty 37 yd FG 40 31
Fourth Quarter BuffEastMi
Buff FG 13:32 Alex McNulty 28 yd FG 43 31
Buff TD 8:39 Cole Snyder 2 yd run (Alex McNulty kick) 50 31
Team Stats
  Buffalo Eastern Michigan
First downs 29 13
  Rushing 16 6
  Passing 10 7
  Penalty 3 0
3rd Down Efficiency 5-14, 36% 5-11, 45%
4th down efficiency 4-4, 100% 1-4, 25%
Rushes-Yards 55-201 31-137
Passing Yards 297 190
Return Yards 80 123
Completions-Attempts-Int 20-29-0 12-19-1
Sacks-Yards Lost 1--2 1--7
Punts 1 1
Punts-Average 44 62
Fumbles Lost 1-0 1-0
Penalties - Yards 3-15 6-63
Time of Possession 38:37 21:23
Buffalo Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
C. Snyder 20 29 297 2 0
Eastern Michigan Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
A. Smith 12 19 190 1 1
Buffalo Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
R. Cook Jr. 19 92 4.8 0
M. Washington 21 71 3.4 2
C. Snyder 7 35 5.0 2
A. Henderson 5 11 2.2 0
Eastern Michigan Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
A. Smith 12 74 6.2 1
S. Evans 15 52 3.5 0
J. Jackson 3 8 2.7 0
D. Boone Jr. 1 3 3.0 1
Buffalo Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
Q. Williams 6 99 16.5 1
J. Gassett 2 64 32.0 1
J. Marshall 3 45 15.0 0
R. Cook Jr. 1 27 27.0 0
C. Hines 2 24 12.0 0
M. Washington 2 13 6.5 0
M. Johnson 2 10 5.0 0
T. Borland 1 9 9.0 0
C. Harrity 1 6 6.0 0
Eastern Michigan Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
T. Knue 3 106 35.3 1
H. Beydoun 4 50 12.5 0
D. Lassiter 3 16 5.3 0
S. Evans 1 11 11.0 0
G. Oakes 1 7 7.0 0
Buffalo Interceptions
Player Int Yards
J. Patterson 1 5
Eastern Michigan Interceptions
Player Int Yards
Buffalo Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
A. Venneri 1 44 44.0
Eastern Michigan Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
M. Tomasek 1 62 62.0
Buffalo Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
Eastern Michigan Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
Buffalo Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
Q. Williams 1 75 75.0
Eastern Michigan Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
J. Jackson 2 123 61.5
S. Evans 1 0 0
Buffalo Missed FG
Player Length
Eastern Michigan Missed FG
Player Length




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