Army, paced by senior fullback Collin Mooney's 172 rushing yards, jumped out to a lead 10-3 halftime lead and later held leads of 17-3 and 24-10 in the third quarter. Unfortunately, Mooney, whose 81-yard gallop vaulted Army to the second 2-touchdown lead, would fumble late in the game to give Buffalo a golden opportunity.
Drew Willy completed an 8-yard scoring pass to Naaman Roosevelt to pull the Bulls to within 7 at 24-17 with 12:44 remaining in regulation.
With 5 minutes remaining in the game Buffalo drove to the Army 16 where the Cadet defense stuffed the Bulls on a 4th and 1 attempt. Army took over on downs but on the first play of their ensuing drive Mooney fumbled and a penalty gave Buffalo the ball at the Army 8. Three plays later the Bulls tied the score at 24 on a 15-yard pass from Willy to Ernest Jackson.
In overtime Army won the toss and chose to go on defense first. The Cadet defense then forced the field goal by Principe.
Army's possession in overtime was a disaster. The Black Kights picked up two penalties and saw Chip Bowden overthrow a wide open receiver on a short pass. On third down Army threw deep to the end zone where replays clearly revealed Army receiver Damion Hunter being interfered with in full view of the MAC official, who didn't call the penalty. Army's Matthew Campbell then attempted a 51-yard field goal that was wide left. It was his first miss of the season.
A 1-yard Patrick Mealy run in the first quarter and a 34-yard second quarter Matthew Campbell field goal put Army up 10-3 at the half. Mooney also had a 3-yard scoring run in the third quarter in addition to the 81 yarder earlier mentioned.
Army (2-5) will next face Louisiana Tech on Saturday at West Point. Buffalo improves to 3-4 and will travel to Ohio on October 28th.
Buffalo 27 Army 24 OT
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