Western Michigan beats Buffalo in 7 OTs; teams set FBS points mark


11 - Years since the last seven-overtime game in FBS football. The Bulls scored 81 points in a shutout over Hobart in 1918. And denied Western Michigan and Buffalo an overtime record all to themselves.

How could anyone pull themselves away from such a slugfest on a handsome afternoon that turned into a gorgeous evening for football at UB Stadium? The teams scored again and the numbers read 59-59 at the end of the fifth OT.

Apparently the sister of Western Michigan TE Donnie Ernsberger got a bit too excited after his touchdown.

The game had a ridiculous moment in the first overtime too. Drew Anderson threw for 597 yards, a Buffalo record, with seven touchdown passes and a touchdown run.

The problem? Um, well the game wasn't over and the Broncos got a 15-yard penalty.

Jon Wassink threw for five touchdowns and Franklin ran for 176 yards and three scores for Western Michigan. Seconds later, his sister joined the team on the sideline to celebrate - even though the game hadn't ended.

Only 14 total points were scored in the middle two quarters, all by Western Michigan, but Buffalo outscored the Broncos 17-7 in the fourth quarter.

But just as odd as that marathon game was what happened after one of the many touchdowns.

"This was probably the most exciting game I've ever been a part of", Leipold said, his voice cracking with emotion. "Tell me who has seen a better game".