International Bowl; UConn vs Buffalo

The University of Connecticut football team will take on Buffalo in the International Bowl on Saturday at the Rogers Centre.

Gametime: 12 noon
Line: UConn -6 1/2
Place: Rogers Centre, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Gamebreakers: Buffalo: Drew Willy (3,091 yards passing, 25 TDs, 5 INTs); James Starks (1,308 yards rushing, 15 TDs); Naam Roosevelt (96 catches, 1,312 yards, 13 touchdowns.
UConn: Donald Brown (1,822 yards, 17 TDs); Cody Brown (10.5 sacks, 15 TFL).
Bowl history: This is the third bowl game in UConn history and the first for Buffalo. The Huskies defeated Toledo 39-10 in the Motor=2 0City Bowl in 2004 and lost 24-10 to Wake Forest in the Meineke Car Care Bowl in 2007.
Series: The Huskies are 12-4 all-time against the Bulls and are riding a two game shutout streak winning 38-0 in 2005 and 29-0 in 2004.
UConn on offense
The Huskies have a strong offensive line and need to use their superior size and strength to wear down Donald Brown. If Brown has a good day he could also eclipse the 2000 yard mark. He only needs 29 yards to secure the title as the nations leading rusher after the bowl game. A healthy dose of Brown followed by a short and efficient passing game headlined by Tyler Lorenzen is key. Lorenzen struggled the final two games of the season, but as long as he is accurate and doesn't turn the ball over the Huskies don't need big plays or quick scores. Offensive line will set the tone for the game.
Buffalo on offense
Buffalo can do it all with 1300 yard rusher James Stark as well as receiver Naaman Roosevelt, who has 96 catches for over 1,300 yards. The trigger man is Drew Willy who has thrown for over 3,000 yards and has 25 touchdown passes to only five interceptions. Willy is adept at making quick decisions and the Bulls are an efficient offensive machine. Stark is a power back and the Bulls are perhaps the most balanced offense the Huskies have faced this year.
UConn on defense
The key for the Huskies in stopping Buffalo will rest in its front four defensive line. The Huskies have to get pressure on Willy and can't be frustrated if they don't get to him early. The coverage units will be a key because Willy makes quick decisions. The Huskies want to make Willy hold the ball as long as possible. The Huskies' athleticism should be a factor if the coverage units hold up.
Buffalo on defense
The Bulls have to match up with the physical play of the Huskies offensive line. The Bulls don't rush the passer much and have only 12 sacks all season as a team. Opponents are averaging 400 yards a game against the Bulls. Linebacker Justin Winters is the leading tackler with 117 tackles. 

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