/seasons/2012/contrib/20121013l9xglr

Buffalo State Drops Ithaca for First Empire 8 Win, 21-14

More news about: Buffalo State

ITHACA, NY--Buffalo State (3-4/1-3) limited host Ithaca (4-2/2-2) to just 253 yards of total offense and forced three Bomber turnovers on route to its first-ever victory in the Empire 8, winning 21-14 today at Butterfield Stadium.

Pasquale Vacchio (Glen Head/North Shore) led the Bengals' defense with nine tackles, and Scott Koen (Oxnard, CA/Santa Clara) had eight.  Kam Johnson (Henrietta, NY/Rush-Henrietta) and Mike Burton (Bay Shore, NY/Bellport) each had an interception.  Quarterback Casey Kacz (Amherst/Sweet Home) finished 10 of 19 for 134 yards with a pick before being relieved by Ryan Lehotsky (N. Royalton, OH/N. Royalton) who was 5 of 10 for 70 yards and had a touchdown and an interception.  The Bengals finished with 365 total yards of offense.

Ithaca quarterback Phil Neumann was 13 of 24 for 155 yards and had a touchdown and two interceptions.  Joseph Ingrao had seven catches for 112 yards.

Buffalo State opened the scoring with a 14-play, 91-yard drive on its first possession of the game, capped by a 1-yard touchdown run by Manny Brooks (Auburn/Auburn).  The Bengals pushed the early lead to 8-0 when they faked the extra point and the holder Lehotsky threw a pass to linebacker Eddie Weiser (Grand Island/Grand Island) for the successful two-point conversion.

After an Ithaca fumble set the Bengals up at the Bombers' 36, Buffalo State pushed its lead to 11-0 with 1:48 remaining in the first quarter with a 27-yard field goal by Nate Benoit (Grand Island/Grand Island). 

Ithaca closed the deficit to 11-7 on its next possession early in the second quarter, scoring on a Clay Ardoin 2-yard run, ending a nine-play, 67-yard drive.

After the Bengals missed a 21-yard field goal, Burton's interception and 56-yard return to the Ithaca 15 allowed Benoit to redeem himself from 32 yards and complete the first half scoring, putting Buffalo State in front 14-7 with 52 seconds remaining.

Buffalo State fumbled the opening kickoff of the second half, but the defense answered, as Brian Greene (Syracuse/Liverpool) came up with a sack on a fourth-and-3 play at the Bengals' 23. 

After an interception at midfield by Kacz on the very next play, the Bengals' defense answered the bell again, forcing a three-and-out by the Bombers.

Buffalo State earned some breathing room when Lehotsky came off the bench and led a 6-play, 72 yard drive that was highlighted by a 42-yard touchdown to tight end Zachary Best (Henrietta/Rush-Henrietta) midway through the third quarter to extend the Bengals lead to 21-7.

Ithaca drove down to the Bengals 6-yard line on the next possession, but Johnson came up with a huge interception to end the scoring threat. 

The Bombers converted a Brian Garvey interception and 31-yard return in the fourth quarter into a score.  Neumann connected with Steve Delmore for a 10-yard strike with 10:14 remaining to make the score 21-14. 

Ithaca got two more chances with the ball, but the Bengals defense stood tall on both occasions, and Buffalo State was able to run out the final 2:05 of the game.

"We played well at times in all three phases today, but the defense was the big difference," said Buffalo State coach Jerry Boyes.  "We gave them a number of opportunities with a short field in the second half, but the defense rose to the occasion and secured the win for us."

Buffalo State will play another conference game on the road next Saturday with it travels to Maryland to take on Frostburg State.

Sep. 23: All times Eastern
Final
at Framingham State 50, Massachusetts Maritime 7
Video Box Score
Final
Muhlenberg 56, at Juniata 40
Video Box Score
Final
at Dean 25, Becker 10
Box Score
Final
Salisbury 27, at TCNJ 7
Box Score
Final
MIT 38, at Catholic 21
Video Box Score
Final
Merchant Marine 56, at Maine Maritime 31
Video Box Score
Final
at Hobart 34, Endicott 17
Video Video Box Score
Final
at Morrisville State 44, Nichols 22
Video Box Score
Final
at Delaware Valley 27, Stevenson 7
Video Box Score Recap
Final
at Albright 9, Widener 7
Video
Final
Christopher Newport 16, at Montclair State 8
Video
Final
at Westminster (Pa.) 41, Bethany 14
Video
Final
Middlebury 41, at Bowdoin 14
Video Box Score
Final
Williams 24, at Colby 7
Video Box Score
Final
Amherst 36, at Hamilton 6
Video Box Score
Final
Ursinus 35, at Moravian 17
Video Box Score
Final
Trinity (Conn.) 51, at Bates 0
Video Box Score
Final
at LaGrange 38, Brevard 28
Video Box Score
Final
Geneva 33, at Thiel 24
Video
Final
at Plymouth State 37, Mass-Dartmouth 7
Video Box Score
Final
Kean 28, at Southern Virginia 14
Video Box Score
Final
Frostburg State 24, at Rowan 10
Video Box Score
Final
Union 17, at Curry 14
Video Box Score
Final
at Carnegie Mellon 37, Thomas More 17
Video Box Score
Final
Lycoming 44, at King's 41
Video Box Score
Final
at Western New England 21, Husson 14
Video Box Score
Final
Johns Hopkins 41, at Dickinson 10
Video Box Score
Final
at DePauw 51, Wooster 24
Video Box Score
Final
at Ohio Wesleyan 37, Allegheny 21
Video
Final
at Misericordia 43, Wilkes 14
Video
Final
at Alfred 45, Rochester 7
Video Box Score
Final
Wesley 66, at William Paterson 0
Video Box Score
Final
at N.C. Wesleyan 35, Maryville (Tenn.) 25
Video Box Score
Final
Huntingdon 31, at Ferrum 28
Video Video
Final - OT
at McDaniel 27, Gettysburg 20
Video Video Preview Box Score
Final
at Buffalo State 33, RPI 21
Video Box Score Recap
Final
Franklin and Marshall 27, at Susquehanna 24
Video Box Score
Final
at Denison 45, Oberlin 17
Video Box Score
Final
at Northwestern (Minn.) 10, Westminster (Mo.) 7
Video
Final
at Eureka 44, Crown 20
Video Box Score
Final
at Lebanon Valley 24, FDU-Florham 14
Video
Final
at Heidelberg 47, John Carroll 21
Video Box Score
Final
at Ohio Northern 35, Otterbein 7
Video
Final
at Mount Union 55, Baldwin Wallace 7
Video Box Score
Final
at Rose-Hulman 37, Defiance 14
Video Box Score
Final
at Marietta 49, Muskingum 25
Video
3rd - 9:59
42 Franklin
16 Bluffton
Preview Live stats
3rd - 10:07
21 Anderson
57 Hanover
Video Live stats
Final
Mount St. Joseph 31, at Manchester 14
Video Box Score
2:00 PM
Worcester State at Westfield State
Video Live stats
4th - 07:46
13 Coast Guard
6 Norwich
Video Live stats Audio
4th - 03:17
29 Bridgewater State
31 Fitchburg State
Video Preview Live stats
3rd - 11:10
28 Wittenberg
11 Kenyon
Video Preview Preview Live stats
13:50 4th Qtr
21 Hiram
22 Wabash
Video Video Live stats Tickets
Halftime
41 North Central (Ill.)
7 Millikin
Video Live stats Audio Audio
4th - 3:19
13 Sewanee
17 Millsaps
Video Preview Live stats Audio
4th - 06:11
9 Birmingham-Southern
28 Rhodes
Video Live stats
2:00 PM
Austin at Hendrix
Video Live stats
2:00 PM
Greenville at Martin Luther
Video Live stats
3:54 4th Q
35 Chapman
28 Trinity (Texas)
Video Preview Live stats
2:00 PM
Buena Vista at Loras
Video Video Live stats
7:00 4th
20 Washington U.
30 Wartburg
Video Preview Live stats
4th - 9:17
7 Hamline
51 Gustavus Adolphus
Video Live stats Live stats
4th - 14:47
48 Augsburg
21 Carleton
Video Live stats Audio
10:25 4TH
7 St. Olaf
64 Bethel
Video Live stats
2:00 PM
Dubuque at Luther
Video Live stats
14:40 4th Q
20 Nebraska Wesleyan
45 Central
Video Live stats Audio
4th - 9:10
31 Simpson
27 Coe
Video Live stats Audio
3rd - 7:55
19 Wheaton (Ill.)
8 Elmhurst
Video Live stats
2:00 PM
St. Norbert at Grinnell
Video Live stats
2:00 PM
Ripon at Knox
Video Live stats
2:00 PM
Iowa Wesleyan at MacMurray
Video
4th - 3:30
51 Hardin-Simmons
3 Howard Payne
Video Live stats Audio
2:00 PM
Southwestern at Louisiana College
Video
2:00 PM
Monmouth at Macalester
Video Live stats
4th - 11:32
10 St. John's
20 St. Thomas
@ Target Field, Minneapolis
Live stats Preview Audio Audio Video
4th - 10:49
10 WPI
35 Springfield
Video Live stats
3:00 PM
Beloit at Cornell
Video Live stats
4:00 PM
Utica at Brockport
Video Live stats
4:00 PM
St. John Fisher at Hartwick
Audio
4:00 PM
Carroll at UW-La Crosse
Video Live stats
2nd - 14:40
0 Minnesota-Morris
17 St. Scholastica
Video Live stats
4:30 PM
UW-Eau Claire at George Fox
Video Preview Preview Preview Live stats Audio
5:00 PM
Salve Regina at Western Connecticut
Video Live stats
5:00 PM
Adrian at UW-Stevens Point
Video Live stats
6:00 PM
Tufts at Wesleyan
Video Preview Live stats
6:00 PM
Methodist at Averett
Video Live stats
6:00 PM
Centre at Berry
Video Preview Live stats Audio Tickets
7:00 PM
Waynesburg at Case Western Reserve
Video Live stats
7:00 PM
St. Vincent at Grove City
Box Score Live stats Audio
7:00 PM
North Park at Illinois Wesleyan
Video Live stats Audio
7:00 PM
Texas Lutheran at Mary Hardin-Baylor
Video Live stats Audio Audio
7:00 PM
Lakeland at UW-Platteville
Video Live stats
7:00 PM
Carthage at Augustana
Video Live stats
7:00 PM
Chicago at Illinois College
Video Preview Live stats
7:00 PM
McMurry at Sul Ross State
Audio
7:30 PM
Capital at Wilmington
Video Preview Live stats
8:00 PM
Lake Forest at Lawrence
Video Video
8:00 PM
Belhaven at East Texas Baptist
8:00 PM
Arizona Christian at Whittier
Video Live stats
Sep. 23: All times Eastern
Final
at Delaware Valley 27, Stevenson 7
Video Box Score Recap
Final
Wesley 66, at William Paterson 0
Video Box Score
Final
at Alfred 45, Rochester 7
Video Box Score
Final
Johns Hopkins 41, at Dickinson 10
Video Box Score
Final
Frostburg State 24, at Rowan 10
Video Box Score
Final
at Heidelberg 47, John Carroll 21
Video Box Score
Final
at Mount Union 55, Baldwin Wallace 7
Video Box Score
3rd - 11:10
28 Wittenberg
11 Kenyon
Video Preview Preview Live stats
13:50 4th Qtr
21 Hiram
22 Wabash
Video Video Live stats Tickets
4th - 3:30
51 Hardin-Simmons
3 Howard Payne
Video Live stats Audio
Halftime
41 North Central (Ill.)
7 Millikin
Video Live stats Audio Audio
3rd - 7:55
19 Wheaton (Ill.)
8 Elmhurst
Video Live stats
4th - 11:32
10 St. John's
20 St. Thomas
@ Target Field, Minneapolis
Live stats Preview Audio Audio Video
4:00 PM
Utica at Brockport
Video Live stats
7:00 PM
Waynesburg at Case Western Reserve
Video Live stats
7:00 PM
North Park at Illinois Wesleyan
Video Live stats Audio
7:00 PM
Lakeland at UW-Platteville
Video Live stats
7:00 PM
Texas Lutheran at Mary Hardin-Baylor
Video Live stats Audio Audio