Scores

Final/OT

W Michigan 34

(6-1, 4-0 MAC)

Buffalo 28

(2-4, 1-2 MAC)

3:30 PM ET, October 11, 2008

UB Stadium, Buffalo, NY

1 2 3 4 OT T
WMU 0 3 3 22 634
BUFF 7 7 7 7 028

Top Performers

Passing: T. Hiller (WMU) - 345 YDS, 4 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: J. Starks (BUFF) - 28 CAR, 125 YDS, 3 TD

Receiving: S. Julien (WMU) - 12 REC, 111 YDS, 1 TD

W. Michigan 34, Buffalo 28, OT

Associated Press

AMHERST, N.Y. -- Tim Hiller's 2-yard touchdown pass to Branden Ledbetter in overtime lifted Western Michigan to a 34-28 win over Buffalo Saturday.

Western Michigan (6-1, 4-0 Mid-American Conference) scored 22 points in the fourth quarter and sent the game into overtime when Hiller found Jamarko Simmons in the end zone with 5 seconds left to play. Hiller completed 42-of-63 passes and threw 345 yards and four touchdowns.

Buffalo (2-4, 1-2 MAC) had the ball first in overtime and drove to the Broncos' 11-yard line, but Drew Willy's pass tipped off Naam Roosevelt's hands and into the arms of Western's Louis Delmas. Willy was 17-of-34 for 157 yards and gave up one interception.

Western Michigan drew within 21-14, scoring on a 6-yard Hiller-to-Juan Nunez connection with 9:23 remaining in the fourth quarter, followed with a two-point conversion.

Then Buffalo's Mike Newton intercepted a pass and scored what appeared to be a game-clinching TD. But it was called back when linebacker Justin Winters was flagged for roughing the quarterback.

Brandon Thermilius scored on a 1-yard run, making it a 28-14 game at 5:14 in the fourth quarter. Hiller led the Broncos down the field again, hitting Schneider Julien with a 13-yard scoring pass with 4:08 left on the clock.

Western regained possession with 1:55 left at its own 34-yard line. Hiller found Julien with a 29-yard pass and Simmons for another 24 yard, setting up first and goal at the 9-yard line.

Hiller connected with Simmons on third and goal for the game-tying touchdown.

James Starks scored three touchdowns for Buffalo and ran for 125 yards on 28 attempts.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
WMU
BUFF
1st Downs2320
Total Yards397322
Passing345164
Rushing52158
Penalties9-635-49
3rd Down Conversions5-149-18
4th Down Conversions1-20-0
Turnovers31
Possession26:5333:07

Passing Leaders

Western MichiganC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Hiller42/633455.541
BuffaloC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Willy17/341574.601

Rushing Leaders

Western MichiganCARYDSAVGTDLG
West11595.4016
Winchester100.000
BuffaloCARYDSAVGTDLG
Starks281254.5366
Thermilus4174.317

Receiving Leaders

Western MichiganRECYDSAVGTDLG
Julien121119.3129
Simmons1010310.3124
BuffaloRECYDSAVGTDLG
Roosevelt44411.0025
Hamlin34113.7017

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERWMUBUFF
TD02:36James Starks 6 Yd Run (A.J. Principe Kick) 07
SECOND QUARTERWMUBUFF
FG03:56John Potter 20 Yd 37
TD02:31James Starks 66 Yd Run (A.J. Principe Kick) 314
THIRD QUARTERWMUBUFF
TD04:34James Starks 2 Yd Run (A.J. Principe Kick) 321
FG01:30John Potter 20 Yd 621
FOURTH QUARTERWMUBUFF
TD09:23Juan Nunez 6 Yd Pass From Tim Hiller (Tim Hiller Pass To Jamarko Simmons For Two-Point Conversion) 1421
TD05:14Brandon Thermilus 1 Yd Run (A.J. Principe Kick) 1428
TD04:08Schneider Julien 13 Yd Pass From Tim Hiller (John Potter Kick) 2128
TD00:05Jamarko Simmons 9 Yd Pass From Tim Hiller (John Potter Kick) 2828
OVERTIMEWMUBUFF
TDBranden Ledbetter 2 Yd Pass From Tim Hiller 3428