For memory : UB running back Kevin Marks Jr. needs 125 rushing yards to reach the 3,000-yard plateau. Marks is sixth all-time among UB’s career leaders in rushing yards (2,875); Alan Bell is fifth (3,022).
Marks has 31 career touchdowns, placing fourth in program history. He needs two touchdowns to tie Branden Oliver (33) for third.
A marathon meeting: Saturday will be the first game in four years between Western Michigan and UB. The Bulls hosted the Broncos on October 7, 2017 at UB Stadium, a seven-hour overtime contest that tied the record for the longest game in NCAA history. Western Michigan won 71-68.
Lunch in a bag: UB and SMU are the only teams in the country not to have allowed a sack yet this season. Bulls quarterback Vantrease has been sacked twice in the past 18 games.
However, UB will face a West Michigan defense that is tied for fifth in the nation with 16 sacks in its first four games, including eight last weekend at San Jose State. UB’s 12 sacks are tied for second in the MAC with Toledo and Bowling Green.
Turnover at points: Western Michigan has forced six turnovers in its last two games – three each in wins at Pittsburgh and San Jose State – and has scored 31 points on those turnovers.