Some people enjoy football so much, they wish games would never end.For the fans who attended Saturday’s incredible MAC showdown between Western Michigan and Buffalo, it probably felt like the game never would.
In the longest game in MAC conference history, Western Michigan topped Buffalo 71-68 in seven overtimes.
It was the highest-scoring college football game in FBS history with 139 points.
The seven overtimes tied the longest games in college football history; four previous games also took seven overtimes to conclude.
The two teams Saturday evening combined for over 1,300 yards of offense, 63 first downs, and so much dang football.
Surprisingly, Buffalo finishes this game with 68 points after spending two entire quarters scoreless. The game was tied at 31 points apiece when regulation ended, meaning the two teams scored more overtime points than regulation points.
Buffalo-W.Mich OT notes: 4th FBS game to go 7 OTs. UB most pts ever scored by a losing team. Total combined pts in an FBS game (139).— David Worlock (@DavidWorlock) October 8, 2017
It all ended in the seventh overtime when, after holding the Bulls to a field goal, Western Michigan took the field with a chance to put a cap on the night, and Jarvion Franklin did just that, running 12 yards into the end zone and into the night.
One of the most incredible numbers from Saturday’s game, just for a little added perspective?
When Western Michigan and Buffalo’s men’s basketball teams met in January, the two squads combined for 120 points. On Saturday, the schools’ football teams combined for 139.
A few other wild numbers:
Buffalo quarterback Drew Anderson finished the game with 597 yards passing, seven touchdowns and no interceptions. On the other side, Western Michigan running back Franklin, the man who ended the night, ran 37 times for 176 yards and three touchdowns.
Oh, and the game kicked off at 3:30 p.m. ET. It ended at 8:16 p.m. ET, four hours and 46 minutes later.
This is the longest game in the history of the Mid-American Conference.#MACtion— WMU Football (@WMU_Football) October 8, 2017
What a game.