Western Michigan's 7-overtime win over Buffalo included plenty of insane stats


Less than a year after Pitt and Syracuse set the FBS single-game scoring record, Western Michigan and Buffalo broke the mark by two points.

In the fourth quarter, Western Michigan quarterback Jon Wassink hit senior tight end Donnie Ernsberger for a 24-yard touchdown to put the Broncos up 31-28.

Western Michigan headed to Buffalo as a seven-point favorite on Saturday. Then Buffalo fumbled away its third possession, and Grant got another chance to win the game with a field goal.

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After that unexpected drama, the game was still a long way from being over. Until it finally did, after seven overtimes, matching the longest FBS games ever played.

Ernsberger's touchdown cut Western Michigan's deficit to 38-37. It lasted less than a year, as the combined 139 points are two more than what the Panthers and Orange accumulated. After tying the game again, it became a family affair as Ernsberger's sister rushed on field to celebrate. Johnson finished with 11 catches for 195 yards and two TDs, Holsey had six catches for 143 yards and one score and Osborn had seven receptions for 138 yards three touchdowns. The teams scored again and the numbers read 59-59 at the end of the fifth OT.

Here's the real score: Someday, they'll look back knowing they participated in one of the most entertaining games in the history of college football. The Bulls kicked a field goal in the seventh round but Jarvion Franklin's 12-yard TD run clinched the game for Western Michigan.