Buffalo State Stuns Otterbein 29-26

Dale Stewart ran for four touchdowns including the game winner late in the fourth quarter as Buffalo State College came from behind to beat Otterbein in the season opener for the Bengals.

From Buffalo State College Athletics 


BUFFALO, N.Y.— Dale Stewart’s (Niagara Falls/Niagara Falls) fourth touchdown of the game with 34 seconds remaining lifted Buffalo State to a 29-26 victory over visiting Otterbein in today’s non-conference season-opener at Coyer Field.

FINAL SCORE: Buffalo State – 29, Otterbein - 26
LOCATION:  Coyer Field, Buffalo, N.Y.
RECORDS:  Buffalo State (1-0), Otterbein (0-1)

• Stewart finished with 235 all-purpose yards, including 132 yards on 22 carries and had touchdown runs of 6, 5, 2 and 2 yards.
• Kyle Hoppy (Orchard Park/Orchard Park) was 17 of 37 for 202 yards with one interception with his favorite target being Madison Wesolowski (Elma/Iroquois) who had 10 catches for 118 yards.
• Bart Mazzara (Lockport/Starpoint) paced the Bengals’ defense with nine tackles, including one for loss, while Billy Carroll (Holtsville/Sachem East) had six stops with three for loss and a sack.
• The Bengals finished with 370 total yards of offense, including 168 on the ground.

• Despite scoring first, Buffalo State trailed for most of the afternoon, until the last-minute go-ahead touchdown.
• Stewart capped a 51-yard drive with a 6-yard scoring run on Buffalo State’s first possession to open the scoring.
• Otterbein answered on the ensuing drive to even the score at 7-7 with a 1-yard quarterback keeper by Logan Stepp.
• A bad snap in the end zone on a punt attempt by Buffalo State led to a safety for the Cardinals early in the second quarter to give Otterbein a 9-7 lead. 
• Otterbein then capitalized on a short field after the free kick and converted a 22-yard Joe Sanfilipo field goal into a 12-7 lead.
• Buffalo State looked to answer on the next possession and drove to the Otterbein 4-yard line, but failed to convert a fourth-and-1, keeping the five-point deficit in tact at the intermission.
• The Bengals fumbled away their first possession of the second half, but a blocked field goal by Khalil Sommerville (Buffalo/Bennett) kept the difference at five points.
• Melvin Medina picked off a Hoppy pass just three plays later, and Stepp hit Hunter Joseph for a 50-yard touchdown strike on the very next play to lift the Cardinals to a 19-7 advantage midway through the third quarter.
• After consecutive punts, the Bengals cut it back to a one-possession game with Stewart’s second score of the game from 5 yards out, set up by a 43-yard grab by Wesolowski
• The Bengals appeared to be in position to take the lead early in the fourth quarter, but again turned the ball over on downs on a fourth-and-2 from the Cardinals 8-yard line.
• Stepp turned in back-to-back runs of 64 and 11 yards with the second going for a touchdown to extend the Cardinals’ lead to 26-14 with 11:18 remaining. 
• Buffalo State answered with a nine-play, 73-yard drive on the next possession, culminating with a 2-yard run by Stewart to close the deficit to 26-21 with 6:50 remaining. 
• The Bengals’ defense forced a punt, setting up the offense at its own 18-yard line with 3:33 remaining. 
• Hoppy hit Nick Jones (Buffalo/W. Seneca West) with a 6-yard strike on an early fourth-and-5 to keep the drive alive, and Stewart’s fourth score of the day from 2 yards capped the 13-play 82-yard drive.  Stewart also scored on the 2-point conversion to complete the scoring at 29-26.
• Otterbein took over at its own 23 and after a sack by Cliff Brown (Buffalo/McKinley) and Tyler Collins (Syracuse/Corcoran) on the first play, the Cardinals only had time remaining for a couple of desperation heaves. 

• The win marks the fifth-consecutive opening-day victory for Buffalo State.

• Stepp finished 15 of 28 for 210 yards and a score and had 12 rushes for 88 yards and two touchdowns.
• Joseph reeled in seven catches for 145 yards and a touchdown.
• Steven Carpenter led the defense with nine tackles, and Kyle Blust had five stops and two sacks.
• Otterbein totaled 355 yards of offense for the game. 

Buffalo State will enjoy its bye next week before opening Empire 8 play at home on Sept. 17 against Alfred University.


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