Tyree Jackson threw for 212 yards and Jaret Patterson ran for 91 yards and a score to power the UB football team to a 24-6 win over Akron.
With the win the Bulls improve to 6-1 for the first time since 1959 and become bowl eligible for the second straight year. It’s also just the fourth time in program history UB has become eligible for the postseason, joining the 2008, 2013 and 2017 squads. Today’s win also marks the first time since 2013 the Bulls have started 3-0 in Mid-American Conference play.
Anthony Johnson returned to action after missing the last two games with a hamstring injury and had two catches for 44 yards.
Meanwhile, KJ Osborn recorded his second 100 yard receiving game, leading the Bulls with 116 yards.
Despite averaging six yards per play in the first half, the Bulls only led the Zips by a 10-6 margin at halftime.
After Akron opened the game with a field goal, Jackson and the Bulls answered with a eight play, 50-yard scoring drive highlighted with a touchdown grab by George Rushing III to go ahead 7-3.
The Bulls had several opportunities in the first half to add onto their lead but missed a field goal and turned the ball over at the two-yard line.
In the second half, the Bulls grounded the Zips offense holding them out of the endzone, while Lance Leipold turned to the legs of freshman running back Jaret Patterson.
The Glendale, Maryland, native accounted for 50 of UB’s 80-yard scoring drive in the third quarter and capped it off with his fifth touchdown of the season to push the Bulls’ lead to 17-6.
Jackson, who was wearing No. 41 in honor of Solomon Jackson who passed away in 2016, added a one-yard rushing score early in the fourth quarter to give UB a 24-6 advantage.
UB returns to action next Saturday when they travel to Toledo.