BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — Kyle Vantrease quarterbacked University at Buffalo to the Camellia Bowl championship in 2020. Vantrease and the UB Bulls will return to Montgomery, Alabama for another bowl game — this time as opponents.

UB accepted a bid to the Camellia Bowl on Sunday and will play Georgia Southern on Dec. 27 at historic Cramton Bowl stadium. The game is scheduled to kickoff at noon and will be televised on ESPN.

The Bulls (6-6) are playing in a bowl for the fourth time in five seasons and sixth in school history. Georgia Southern (6-6) is making its fourth bowl appearance since 2015, which includes a 2018 Camellia Bowl victory against Eastern Michigan from the Mid-American Conference.

UB beat Charlotte on Christmas Day, 2020 to win the Camellia Bowl and finish that season 6-1 and ranked No. 25 in the final Associated Press poll. Vantrease had 140 yards passing and a rushing touchdown in the game.

Vantrease is having his most productive college season as a graduate transfer at Georgia Southern, completing 61% of his passes for 3,895 yards and 25 touchdowns. He’s also rushed for three scores. Vantrease started 26 games over four seasons at UB, completing 59% of his passes for 4,755 yards and 25 touchdowns, while running for 13 TDs. He also filled in at punter for a few games.

Cole Snyder, the Southwestern graduate starting for UB now after transferring from Rutgers, has a 59% completion rate for 2,765 yards passing and 17 touchdowns this season.

The Bulls rallied to salvage a bowl bid with a 23-22 comeback win against Akron in Friday’s season finale at UB Stadium. After winning five in a row and leading the MAC with a 5-3 record, the Bulls then lost three straight when needing one more victory for bowl eligibility.

This will be UB’s first bowl trip under second-year coach Maurice Linguist.

UB’s bowl history

2020 Camellia Bowl in Montgomery

17-10 win vs. Marshall

2019 Bahamas Bowl in Nassau

31-9 win vs. Charlotte

2018 Dollar General Bowl in Mobile

42-32 loss vs. Troy

2013 Famous Idaho Potato Bowl in Boise

49-24 loss vs. San Diego State

2008 International Bowl in Toronto

38-20 loss vs. Connecticut


Jonah Bronstein joined the News 4 roster in 2022 as a digital sports reporter. Read more of his work here.