UB falls to Ohio in overtime

The Bulls dropped one in heartbreaking fashion on Saturday

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October 06, 2019 - 7:27 am

(WBEN/WGR)  A rough day for a true freshman kicker was the difference as the University at Buffalo football team dropped to 0-2 in Mid-American Conference play with a 21-20 overtime loss to Ohio University at UB Stadium on Saturday. Bulls kicker Jackson Baltar missed field goals from 24 and 46 yards and was wide right on an extra point in the first overtime. 

The missed 24 yard field goal attempt came on the very first drive of the game but the other two misses were critical. Tied at 14 with 1:27 left in the fourth quarter, the Bulls were facing a fourth and one at the Ohio 29 yard line. Bulls quarterback Kyle Vantrease got the Bobcats to jump offside which would have given the Bulls a first down. But UB head coach Lance Leipold called a timeout just before Ohio moved. Even though the Bulls had converted a fourth and two earlier on the drive with a Vantrease keeper, Leipold opted to go for the go ahead field goal out of the timeout. But Baltar, who hit a 52 yard field goal attempt earlier this season, missed to the right. 

UB got the ball to start overtime and a touchdown run by Vantrease put them in front 20-14, but Baltar missed the PAT. Ohio answered with a touchdown and connected on the extra point dealing the Bulls a heartbreaking loss. Vantrease had a good day in place of injured starter Matt Myers.  Vantrease was 16-23 for 197 yards and a pair of touchdowns.  Running back Kevin Marks had 112 yards on 22 carries while running mate Jaret Patterson added 52 yards on 13 carries. The Bulls are now 2-4 overall and are off until October 19th when they play at Akron

(Reported by Howard Simon)

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