Who: Miami (3-5, 3-1 Mid-American Conference East Division ) at Buffalo (7-1, 4-0).
When: Tuesday, 8 p.m.
Where: UB Stadium (25,013).
Coaches: Miami Chuck Martin, fifth season, 19-38 at Miami, 93-45 overall; Buffalo Lance Leipold, fourth season, 19-21 at Buffalo, 128-27 overall.
Last time: Running back Kenny Young gained a career-high 125 yards rushing and scored two touchdowns on 18 carries as Miami dispatched the Bulls, 24-14, before a crowd of 13,803 at Yager Stadium in Oxford,
Series notes: Miami leads the series 14-6, including 6-3 at Buffalo. The RedHawks have won the last two games after a four-game losing streak.
Stat pack: Miami RB Alonzo Smith 72 carries, 342 yards, 4.8 avg., 2 TDs; QB Gus Ragland 160-of-264 passing, 1,769 yards, 14 TDs, 3 int.; WR Jack Sorenson 32 catches, 499 yards, 2 TDs; LB Brad Koenig 69 tackles, 35 solo.
Buffalo RB Kevin Marks 112 carries, 579 yards, 5.2 avg., 7 TD; QB Tyree Jackson 139-of-246 passing, 1,86 yards, 20 TDs, 8 int.; WR K.J. Osborn, 40 catches, 696 yards 6 TDs; LB Khalil Hodge 99 tackles, 35 solo.
Worth noting: The game is scheduled to be televised on ESPN2 … The RedHawks again will be wearing helmets adorned with ribbons of different colors signifying forms of cancer that have affected their lives … Hodge ranks second in the MAC in tackles … Buffalo senior defensive end Chuck Harris is tied for second in the conference with seven sacks … The two teams have combined to allow 13 sacks all season … They also are tied with Central Michigan for second in the MAC with 19 sacks … The Bulls lead the MAC in scoring defense, allowing an average of 21.1 points per game, and total defense, allowing an average of 330.8 yards per game … Maurice Thomas ranks second in the conference with an average of 28.2 yards per kickoff return, helping Miami lead as a team with an average of 27.4 yards per return … Buffalo’s 11 pass interceptions lead the MAC … The Bulls have been flagged for 40 penalties, the fewest in the MAC … Their plus-nine turnover margin also leads the conference.
Quotable: Buffalo coach Lance Leipold, in the Buffalo News, on adjusting to mid-week games: “As a head coach, I made some mistakes my first year because we’d developed some injuries and tried to get guys ready, but at the same time, other guys were wearing down.We had some injuries on the offensive line and were practicing probably longer than we needed to. That probably hurt us later that year. Those are things you have to balance and know where your team is completely at. There was a learning curve there, and I think we have a better balance now, as a staff and as a program.”
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