2019 Bahamas Bowl Preview: Buffalo vs. Charlotte

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

The College Football Bowl season kicks off on Friday, December 20th. The Buffalo Bulls and the Charlotte 49ers will be the first Bowl contest of more than 40 throughout the final weeks of the 2019 season.

The Bulls and 49ers will be playing in the Makers Wanted Bahamas Bowl at 2 pm EST on ESPN. The game will be played at Thomas A. Robinson National Stadium in Nassau, Bahamas.

Charlotte 49ers quarterback Chris Reynolds rushing the ball against the Marshall Thundering Herd
Chris Reynolds rushing the ball against the Marshall Thundering Herd (Photo by the Charlotte 49ers Athletic Department)

This is the first-time that these two teams are facing each other.

Besides playing the Bulls for the first-time, the 49ers are making their Bowl debut for the first-timing after transitioning to the FBS level in 2015. Will Healy — Charlotte’s first-year head coach — guided the program to a 7-5 record.

This is also the first-time in program history that the 49ers are playing in December.

The Bulls bring a 7-5 record into the Bowl game. Buffalo will be appearing in their fourth Bowl game in program history.

This is the second straight year that the team has gone to a Bowl game. However, the program is 0-3 in their previous Bowl appearances.

They previously played in the 2009 International Bowl, 2013 Famous Idaho Potato Bowl, and the 2018 Dollar General Bowl, before this game.

In 2018, the Troy Trojans defeated the Bulls 42-32 at Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile, Alabama. The San Diego State Aztecs defeated the Bulls, 49-24, in 2013 at Bronco Stadium in Boise, Idaho.

One decade ago, the program appeared in their first Bowl game. They were defeated 38-20 by the Connecticut Huskies at Rogers Centre in Toronto, Alberta, Canada.

The 49ers offense is averaging 31.58 points per game. Their defense is giving up 32.50.

49ers quarterback Chris Reynolds has gone 166 of 267 for 2,366 yards. He has 21 touchdowns and 10 interceptions.

Benny LeMay leads the rushing attack with 180 carries for 1,068 yards and nine touchdowns. Victor Tucker leads the receivers with 49 for 848 yards and six touchdowns.

The Bulls are also averaging 31 points per game. Buffalo’s defense is giving up 22.33 points per contest.

Bulls quarterback Kyle Vantrease went 93 of 155 for 1,116 yards. He has seven touchdowns and one interception.

Jaret Patterson leads the backs with 280 carries for 1,663 yards and 17 touchdowns. Antonio Nunn has 44 receptions for 634 yards and five touchdowns.

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