Nest Opponent: Buffalo

This Saturday, Connecticut hosts Buffalo of the Mid-America Conference at noon at Rentschler Field in East Hartford, CT. Here is Scout.com's report on the Bulls.

INSIDE SLANT

In the final home game of the season, Buffalo's defense gave its fans something to be proud of. The Bulls thoroughly dominated visiting Central Michigan, holding the Chippewas to just 56 yards rushing -- 121 yards below their season's average -- in a 36-6 victory.

Buffalo set a school Division I-A record with eight sacks in the game and forced two turnovers, including true freshman Jamal Chisam's interception in the end zone.

"I am really proud of how our guys bounced back and played a terrific football game," said Buffalo head coach Jim Hofher, whose team recovered from a 33-7 defeat by Kent State last week.

"We had to play terrific to win today and we did. We know we will have plenty of work to do and I think our guys are willing to do the work to get it done."

QB P.J. Piskorik continued to play well, rushing for a career-high 85 yards on 10 carries, including a touchdown, while passing for 122 yards.

"I just went with my instincts," Piskorik said. "If I saw a lane I just looked for positive yards and tried to help the team."

The victory gives Buffalo two victories in a season for the first time since 2001, when the Bulls finished 3-8. Hofher's squad can match that three-win total with a victory at Connecticut on Saturday.

NOTES, QUOTES

GAME BALL GOES TO
QB P.J. Piskorik -- The junior came into the game against Central Michigan with 74 yards rushing on the season. He then proceeded to rack up a career-best 85 yards on the ground on just 10 carries, including a 4-yard touchdown. He also threw for 122 yards in Buffalo's 36-6 victory.

KEEP AN EYE ON
DB Jamal Chisam -- The freshman had six tackles, including one for loss, in a win over Central Michigan. But his biggest play came when he recorded his first career interception in the end zone to help thwart a CMU drive.

QUOTE TO NOTE
"Last week was a black eye, but just because you lose a game doesn't mean you have to carry a loser's attitude the following week. Guys did a little soul-searching and had more fun playing football, had an awesome week of practice and it carried over into the game. I'm not surprised by the result." -- Buffalo offensive guard Erik Zeppahur on the Bulls bouncing back from a 33-7 loss to Kent State to defeat Central Michigan 36-6.

STRATEGY AND PERSONNEL

LOOKING GOOD
The Buffalo defense was awesome against Central Michigan, which had put up 58 points in a four-overtime affair the previous week. The Bulls held the Chippewas to just 56 yards rushing, more than 100 less than CMU's season average.

STILL NEEDS SOME WORK
While P.J. Piskorik's 85 yards were nice, the fact that the team's quarterback had to rush for that many yards shows there wasn't a great amount of protection. And the Bulls' receivers need to do a better job of getting open and giving Piskorik somewhere to throw rather than tucking it in and running with it.

ROSTER REPORT
The Bulls have used four different quarterbacks this year, but Piskorik seems to have cemented his place as the starter heading into spring football. The junior has one more game to prove himself as the starter this season, then needs to work hard entering his senior campaign to hold onto the job.


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