2008 Buffalo Bulls football team

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2008 Buffalo Bulls football
University at Buffalo Interlocking UB logo.svg
MAC Champions
MAC East Champions
Conference Mid-American Conference East
2008 record 8–6 (5–3 MAC)
Head coach Turner Gill
Offensive coordinator Turner Gill
Home stadium University at Buffalo Stadium
(Capacity: 29,013)
Seasons
« 2007 2009 »
2008 Mid-American Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
East
Buffalo x   5 3         8 6  
Bowling Green   4 4         6 6  
Temple   4 4         5 7  
Ohio   3 5         4 8  
Akron   3 5         5 7  
Kent State   3 5         4 8  
Miami   1 7         2 10  
West
Ball State x   8 0         12 2  
Central Michigan   6 2         8 5  
Western Michigan   6 2         9 4  
Northern Illinois   5 3         6 7  
Toledo   2 6         3 9  
Eastern Michigan   2 6         3 9  
Championship: Buffalo 42, Ball State 24
† – Conference champion
x – Division champion/co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll

The 2008 Buffalo Bulls football team represented the University at Buffalo in the 2008 NCAA Division I FBS college football season. 2008 was a season of firsts for the Bulls. With a 40-34 double overtime win over Bowling Green on November 21, the Bulls won the MAC East division and gained a berth to the MAC Championship for the first time. The Bulls won their first-ever conference championship by beating #12 ranked and previously undefeated Ball State, 42-24 on December 5. The win was also Buffalo's first-ever against a ranked opponent and ensured a winning season for the first time since Buffalo returned to the top-level of college football in 1999. They earned an invitation to the International Bowl at the Rogers Centre in Toronto, their first trip to a bowl game in their history, exactly fifty years after the Bulls turned down their only previous bowl bid, to the Tangerine Bowl, when they were told by the bowl's organizers that their two black players would not be allowed to play.[1] The Bulls also received their first-ever votes in the USA Today Coaches' Poll after winning the MAC Championship when UTEP coach Mike Price voted the Bulls #23 on his ballot. On December 16, Buffalo announced head coach Turner Gill agreed to a contract extension and a raise.[2] Gill's contract now runs through 2013 and makes him one of the highest-paid coaches in the MAC. The ending of the season was bittersweet as the Bulls lost to the Connecticut Huskies 38-20 in the International Bowl, but the Bulls were able to give about two dozen members of the 1958 Bulls team the bowl experience they missed by inviting them to be honorary captains for the game.

Notable players[edit]

Schedule and results[edit]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
August 28 7:00 PM UTEP* University at Buffalo StadiumAmherst, NY TWCSN W 42-17   16,656
September 6 6:00 PM at Pittsburgh* Heinz FieldPittsburgh, PA ESPN+ L 27-16   42,494
September 13 12:00 PM Temple University at Buffalo Stadium • Amherst, NY ESPN+ W 30-28   18,333
September 20 2:00 PM at #5 Missouri* Faurot FieldColumbia, MO L 42-21   65,566
September 27 4:00 PM at Central Michigan Kelly/Shorts StadiumMount Pleasant, MI L 27-25   21,032
October 11 3:30 PM Western Michigan University at Buffalo Stadium • Amherst, NY TWCSN L 34-28 OT  15,025
October 18 3:30 PM Army*dagger University at Buffalo Stadium • Amherst, NY TWCSN W 27-24 OT  21,719
October 28 7:00 PM at Ohio Peden StadiumAthens, OH ESPNU W 32-19   10,042
November 4 7:30 PM Miami University University at Buffalo Stadium • Amherst, NY ESPN2 W 37-17   16,058
November 13 7:00 PM at Akron Rubber BowlAkron, OH ESPNU W 43-40 4OT  18,516
November 21 6:00 PM at Bowling Green Doyt Perry StadiumBowling Green, OH BCSN W 40-34 2OT  13,284
November 28 2:00 PM Kent State University at Buffalo Stadium • Amherst, NY TWCSN L 24-21   13,754
December 5 8:00 PM vs. #12 Ball State Ford FieldDetroit, MI (MAC Championship) ESPN2 W 42-24   12,871
January 3 12:00 PM vs. Connecticut* Rogers CentreToronto, ON (International Bowl) ESPN2 L 38-20   40,184
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. All times are in EST.

Rankings[edit]

Ranking Movement
Poll Pre Wk 1 Wk 2 Wk 3 Wk 4 Wk 5 Wk 6 Wk 7 Wk 8 Wk 9 Wk 10 Wk 11 Wk 12 Wk 13 Wk 14 Wk 15 Final
AP NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR
Coaches NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR 35 NR
Harris Not released NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR
BCS Not released NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR

References[edit]

  1. ^ "All Or Nothing". ESPN. November 20, 2008. Archived from the original on December 10, 2008. Retrieved December 9, 2008. 
  2. ^ "Gill extended through 2013". ESPN. December 16, 2008. Archived from the original on December 17, 2008. Retrieved December 16, 2008.