Buffalo: A Numerical Perspective

The Army football team was able to watch other FBS programs open the season this past weekend. Under the radar and with not too much fanfare, this program can quietly go about its business this Saturday and begin in earnest the task of building back West Point football. Here’s a look at the Black Knights’ first opponent, the Buffalo Bulls, including some fast facts from UB’s 2014 opener.


THE BUFFALO BULLS: A NUMERICAL PERSPECTIVE

The biggest thing to realize about the Bulls is that their best player by a wide margin in 2013, linebacker Khalil Mack, is now collecting an NFL paycheck with the Oakland Raiders. Mack did everything for the Bulls’ defense last season, maybe even handing out Gatorade to all his teammates on the sidelines between possessions. There was virtually nothing Mack didn’t do. He posted 100 tackles (a combination of solo and assisted efforts). He totaled 10.5 sacks, three interceptions, and three recovered fumbles. He also cooked each of the team’s postgame meals, using just the right amount of seasoning.

Without a dynamic, climb-on-my-back-and-I’ll-get-you-to-a-bowl-game player such as Mack, Buffalo is probably going to struggle this season. It sure did against Duquesne of the FCS last week. That’s the main thing to write about as far as UB is concerned. Here’s a numerical peek at the Bulls:

SITUATIONAL WIN-LOSS RECORDS IN 2013 (FBS ONLY)

Record when having more first downs than an opponent: 7-1.

Fewer: 0-3

Record when having more yards than an opponent: 7-1.

Fewer: 0-3.

Record when having more rushing yards than an opponent: 7-0.

Fewer: 0-4.

Record when having more passing yards than an opponent: 5-1.

Fewer: 2-3.

Record when having more penalties than an opponent: 5-1.

Fewer: 2-3.

Statistical tie in this category (zero differential): no games played with a zero differential in this category.

Record when having more turnovers than an opponent: 0-2.

Fewer: 6-1.

Statistical tie: 1-1.

Record when having more time of possession than an opponent: 7-1.

Less time of possession: 0-3.

BALL SECURITY AND FUMBLE LUCK.

Fumbles in 2013: 14.

Fumbles lost: only 7.

Interceptions thrown: 8.

TAKEAWAYS ON DEFENSE

Defensive fumbles recovered: 15 recoveries of 22 fumbles by opponents.

Interceptions made: 15.

WEEK ONE FAST FACTS: BUFFALO vs. DUQUESNE

-- Buffalo gained a 21-0 lead with 5:24 left in the second quarter, only to surrender 28 of the game’s next 31 points to trail, 28-24, early in the fourth quarter, before rallying for a 38-28 win.

-- Running back Anthone Taylor carried the ball 30 times (for 115 yards). That suggests Buffalo will feed him the rock quite often during the season.

-- Buffalo’s offense converted 11 of 20 third downs.

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