Western Michigan beats Buffalo 71-68 in a record-tying 7 overtimes

EAST LANSING MI- SEPTEMBER 09 Broncos running back Jarvion Franklin takes off during a non-conference NCAA football game between Michigan State and Western Michigan

EAST LANSING MI- SEPTEMBER 09 Broncos running back Jarvion Franklin takes off during a non-conference NCAA football game between Michigan State and Western Michigan

Ernsberger's TD ended up tying the game with the extra point because Buffalo had scored seven points to start overtime.

The 71-68 final score looked more like a basketball game than a college football game.

It was a stark change from previous Western Michigan-Buffalo games, the past two of which were shutouts: a 38-0 Broncos win a year ago and a 33-0 Bulls win in 2013.

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.

Teams are required to go for two-point conversions on touchdowns after the first two overtime periods, which means frequent chances for the teams to land on different point totals and end the game.

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That gave Western Michigan the opportunity to win on the next drive.

The 139 points scored by the two teams was the most in FBS history. Both teams were 3-2 coming into the MAC showdown between the Broncos and the Bulls on Saturday evening.

196.8 - Average passing yardage per game for Buffalo before Saturday, 91st in the nation.

The game had a ridiculous moment in the first overtime too. Down 28-24 with less than five minutes left, quarterback Jon Wassink hit tight end Donnie Ernsberger on a 24-yard touchdown to take the lead.

"I don't think we played well", Lester said, "but we just kept battling and found a way to win".

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