Buffalo took the lead midway through the first quarter and eventually walked away with a 23-21 win over Georgia Southern in the Camellia Bowl at the Cramton Bowl in Montgomery.
Buffalo quarterback Cole Snyder was 21 of 38 for 265 yards with a touchdown. His primary target, Justin Marshall, had 11 catches for 127 yards and a 32-yard scoring reception in the first quarter. Alex McNulty came up big for the Bulls, hitting all three of his field goal attempts, including a 20-yarder that gave Buffalo a 23-14 lead with 8:38 left.
Georgia Southern had trouble running the football, gaining 89 yards on 20 carries, but quarterback Kyle Vantrease was on target. Vantrease was 28 of 45 for 352 yards with two touchdowns.
Vantrease connected with Jjay McAfee on a 13-yard touchdown reception with 3:38 left, trimming the deficit to 23-21. Georgia Southern head coach Clay Helton chose to have his team kick the ball off deep, hoping to get the ball back. However, Buffalo was able to run out the clock with a pair of first downs.
Buffalo (7-6) won a bowl game for the third straight time after dropping its first three bowl appearances. Georgia Southern finishes the season with a 6-7 record.
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