"The Roush kid does a really good job and the Wamsley kid up the middle hurt us," said Sawyer. "We didn't stop him very well and they're a physical team up front. They're a hard team to prepare for.
"We were able to move the ball on them, but defensively there were certain times that we had trouble. We also had some penalties and mistakes that hurt us and it all kind of had a domino effect on us."
Wahama will also have its hands full defensively in an effort to slow Buffalo's athletic offense.
The Bison totaled 355 offensive yards (149 rushing, 206 passing) last weekend, while Wahama finished with 358.
The key for the White Falcons' defense will be slowing Buffalo senior quarterback Levi Jordan, whom according to Cromley is the best quarterback Wahama faced this season.
"I thought they tried to run it a little bit more against us than I expected," said Cromley. "I'm not really sure what to expect this week so we'll just have to be prepared for what we think they'll try to do against us.
"Containing Jordan will be a key. I think that's something we really need to work on because he's great at extending the play. If it's not open right away, he has the confidence and the size to move around without worrying about getting hurt.
"You've got to put pressure on him, but you've got to contain him and that's a difficult thing. And then you've got to cover their receivers even longer, which is really difficult. "He really brings something to the table for them that is difficult to defend."
Buffalo is seeking to advance past the second round of the playoffs for the first time in school history, but will have to shake the memories of the last three seasons in order to do so.
The Bison have finished each of the last three seasons at 7-3 and on the road as the playoffs begin.
"All the last three seasons have been similar in that we've started out pretty good and then lost some games at the end," Sawyer said. "Some of that is how our schedule is set up because we have our tougher games at the end of year.
"The last three years are kind of identical in the fact that we're 7-3 and we're travelling in the playoffs. We were hoping that would change, but I guess it's something the kids are used to by now.
"Even on the road I always like my chances. If we didn't play them we'd be playing someone else that's a good team and we have to beat them all to get where we want to be."