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The University at Buffalo standings finished the season with a 56-7 victory over Akron at UB Stadium. After experiencing typical highs and lows of the early season in the first three contests, Ohio pitched in front of more than 2,000 fans at a sold-out stadium during the Buffalo Bills' home opener.
UB held the Zips to a field goal attempt that ended with a blocked Buffalo Tyrone Hill touchdown that he returned 63 yards for a touchdown to put the Bulls up two points at the end of the period. Hill scored the first blocked kick returned to the touchdown by a UB player in FBS history since 1999.
The second-year player from West Seneca, New York, ran for a touchdown four yards late in the frame to make it 49-0. The Bulls (2-2, 1-1) marked a 35-0 run at halftime that ended with 5: 05 remaining in the quarter.
Brown went 2-for-2 at the plate and picked up a foul from Colleen Neitzel off the Zips, triggering a 12-2 run that gave Ball State its first lead of the game when Brown completed a 1-yard run. Patterson extended the lead to 28-0 after the Buffalo defense stopped the zippers from midfield for a 4-1 lead.
The Cardinals grabbed important rebounds, stole the ball and scored 12 seconds into the game - the last two goals they scored. Malique Jacobs contributed 13 points, while Gabe O'Neal contributed 10 points, matching Kent State's double-digit score in the win. Jackson led the Zips with 12 points on 4-for-8 shooting, while Freeman led Akron with 11 points and five rebounds in a game that lasted a strong 18 minutes. Nuga led Kent State in assists with 4.5 per game, while Hamilton led the Golden Flashes in rebounds with 9.5 rebounds per game, and Jacobs was Kent City's top assist man, dishing out 4 - 3 assists per game on the season.
Bryan Trimble Jr. led the Zips with 14 points on 4-for-8 shooting from the field, while Loren Cristian Jackson finished with 11 points and 5 rebounds on 3-of-6 shooting. Maishe Dailey contributed 16 points and Camron Reece contributed 10 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists to cap a double-digit performance for the Zips.
Junior Kevin Marks led the Zips' offense, finishing with 16 points on 5-of-11 shooting. After not getting a touchdown in the first quarter, Marks had 112 rushing yards, 112 of his two scores and two touchdowns.
Beck was one of only three returners to average more than 12 minutes per game last season, and the junior has run for at least 100 yards in eight consecutive contests. Patterson scored 18 touchdowns in his last three games, the most by a Zips quarterback in a season since 2011. In that time, however, he has scored 19 touchdowns in 13 games and 18 of those touchdowns since the start of the 2016 season.
Freeman's early offensive spark helped the Cardinals in the second half, when he capped it with a 35-yard touchdown run and gave Ball State a 35-32 lead at the break. Ball State put three on the board in each of the first three quarters, led by a second that scored on a one-yard run and a two-point conversion pass from Patterson in the first half.
Quarterback Kyle Vantrease, who played only three passes in the first half and didn't hit a throw in the entire second quarter, connected with a 52-yard touchdown pass to Trevor Wilson to extend the lead to 42-0 by the end of the third quarter. Patterson had a good day on the ground, carrying the ball 20 times for 136 yards and two touchdowns on 14 carries. His first touchdown of the night was the 50th rushing score of his career, making him only the seventh player in MAC history to score 50 touchdowns. He completed 14 of 21 passes for 155 yards, a touchdown and an interception with two quarters to go.
Seniornabbe is a preseason All-MAC selection with 15 points, 11 rebounds and a career-high 14 rebounds.
The Zips remain a national force after winning the 2014 MAC season and championship - 15 under head coach Jarred Owens and assistant coach John Embick, who won a MAC season - and the 2015 tournament championship - 16 and a 2016 second-place finish - 17. He led the team with 14.5 points per game and 8.6 assists and won the most games of the season with 23.
The 2005 men's football team became the first team in the history of the United Arab Emirates to be awarded the distinction of being the number one in a national sport, and was coached by former United Arab Emirates assistant coach and current assistant coach Mike O'Neill. The men's basketball team advanced to the NCAA Division. After the 2012 campaign, head coach Caleb Porter left Zips to take the head coaching job at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.