Buffalo pulled off an impressive comeback Saturday, beating physically imposing Ohio State 48-43 in Buffalo, NY after trailing 36-10 at halftime. The Buckeyes attacked the perimeter of the breakdown with great success in the first half, running in six tries to Buffalo’s two.
“They were exposing our fringe defense," said Buffalo coach Mike Hodgins of Ohio State. "Their nine was moving across pretty well and opening up our fringe defense and putting runners behind the nine. They were pretty successful with that."
But the Bulls, which had already faced an even more physical side in a Canadian military college the week prior, stayed resilient.
“We were having to put five and six guys in the ruck to win the ball, so we were kind of getting overcommitted to the tackle in that way,” said Hodgins.
“We started to move the ball quicker so we didn’t have to put so many guys in the tackle situation, so it just gave us more guys to attack with. And our fitness kicked in. They were beating us pretty good in the first half, but as the game wore on our fitness kind of took over the game and we dominated in the backs more than anything.”
Buffalo ends its preseason 1-1, and the Bulls begin Empire league play next week at the United States Merchant Marines Academy. Ohio State welcomes another friendly next week at home against Vanderbilt
“We wanted to play hard preseason games,” said Hodgins. “I was glad we got out of preseason 1-1, but had we gotten out of preseason 0-2, I would have been happy also.”