The Falcons (1-4, 0-1), who were dominated statistically, nearly pulled it out in the fourth quarter. After Robert Lorenzi returned an interception 82 yards for a touchdown, Bowling Green partially blocked a punt. Aaron Pankratz's 48-yard scoring pass to Willie Geter made it 28-26.
Bowling Green had a chance to win after Keith Morgan recovered an Ike Nduka fumble at the Bulls' 24 with 1:16 left, but Bryan Wright missed a 40-yard field goal try on the final play.
Buffalo outgained Bowling Green 441 yards to 176 and converted on 12 of 19 third downs to the Falcons' 3 of 16.