Scores

Final

Miami (OH) 17

(2-7, 1-4 MAC)

Buffalo 37

(5-4, 3-2 MAC)

Coverage: ESPN2

7:30 PM ET, November 4, 2008

UB Stadium, Buffalo, NY

1 2 3 4 T
M-OH 3 7 7 017
BUFF 14 7 6 1037

Top Performers

Passing: D. Willy (BUFF) - 245 YDS, 2 TD

Rushing: J. Starks (BUFF) - 26 CAR, 177 YDS, 2 TD

Receiving: N. Roosevelt (BUFF) - 8 REC, 148 YDS, 1 TD

Starks rushes for 177 yards as Buffalo blast Miami (Ohio)

Associated Press

AMHERST, N.Y. -- James Starks ran 26 times for 177 yards in a 37-17 Buffalo win over Miami of Ohio Tuesday night.

Starks ran for two touchdowns, including a 62-yard score in the fourth quarter to seal the win for Buffalo (5-4, 3-2 Mid-American Conference). It was his third TD run of 50 yards or more this season.

Drew Willy completed 18-of-29 for 245 yards and two touchdowns, tying Marty Barrett for the Buffalo all-time record with his 44th career TD pass.

Willy hit Brett Hamlin for a 25-yard strike in the second quarter for a 21-10 lead before halftime. Naaman Roosevelt caught 8 passes for 148 yards and a touchdown.

Miami's Clay Belton completed 17-of-30 for 178 yards and ran for a 7-yard touchdown before being shaken up in the fourth quarter. J.R. Taylor ran for 69 yards with a 3-yard TD run.

Buffalo struck first after Willy scored on a 1-yard plunge set up by a 36-yard completion to Roosevelt that was first ruled a touchdown.

Miami (2-7, 1-4 MAC) answered with a 39-yard Nathan Parseghian field goal, but Willy and Roosevelt connected again, this time for 34 yards and a 14-3 lead.

Belton led the Red Hawks on a 13-play, 88-yard drive, scoring on a 7-yard quarterback draw to cut the lead to 14-10.

Both teams were given an NCAA exemption to wear their home colors for the Election Night game. Miami donned its home reds and Buffalo its traditional royal blues to reflect the 2004 election results of both school's home states.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
M-OH
BUFF
1st Downs2320
Total Yards383476
Passing241260
Rushing142216
Penalties6-4511-117
3rd Down Conversions5-139-15
4th Down Conversions1-32-2
Turnovers20
Possession30:4729:13

Passing Leaders

Miami (OH)C/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Belton17/301785.900
BuffaloC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Willy18/292458.420

Rushing Leaders

Miami (OH)CARYDSAVGTDLG
Taylor16694.319
Bratton7598.4018
BuffaloCARYDSAVGTDLG
Starks261776.8262
Maynard24221.0041

Receiving Leaders

Miami (OH)RECYDSAVGTDLG
Woods9829.1019
Givens24623.0033
BuffaloRECYDSAVGTDLG
Roosevelt814818.5135
Jackson4328.0015

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERM-OHBUFF
TD09:53Drew Willy 1 Yd Run (A.J. Principe Kick) 07
FG05:56Nathan Parseghian 39 Yd 37
TD01:18Naaman Roosevelt 34 Yd Pass From Drew Willy (A.J. Principe Kick) 314
SECOND QUARTERM-OHBUFF
TD07:39Clay Belton 7 Yd Run (Nathan Parseghian Kick) 1014
TD03:59Brett Hamlin 25 Yd Pass From Drew Willy (A.J. Principe Kick) 1021
THIRD QUARTERM-OHBUFF
TD12:05J.R. Taylor 3 Yd Run (Nathan Parseghian Kick) 1721
TD07:46James Starks 1 Yd Run (Pat Failed) 1727
FOURTH QUARTERM-OHBUFF
FG14:11A.J. Principe 34 Yd 1730
TD02:06James Starks 62 Yd Run (A.J. Principe Kick) 1737