Buffalo State (4-4, 2-3 Empire 8) scored three touchdowns in a span of one minute and 21 seconds in the fourth quarter to roar past host Utica College, 34-19, in an Empire 8 Conference game Saturday at Charles A. Gaetano Stadium.
The first two touchdowns came on passes from Casey Kacz (Sweet Home) to Isaiah Clarke and Mike Doherty. The third was a 16-yard fumble return by Eddie Weiser.
Kacz, who completed 19 of 31 for 276 yards, connected with Clarke on a 27-yard play at 8:26. Then he hit Doherty (Kenmore East) on a 58-yard play at 7:21. Weiser’s return came at 7:05.
Kacz also ran 1 yard for a touchdown to give the Bengals an early 7-3 lead. Buffalo State took the lead again, 14-13, on an 11-yard run by Rich Pete, who played at Proctor High in Utica.
Kacz averaged a healthy 14.5 yards per pass completion..
Pete gained 72 yards in 15 carries. Doherty had six receptions for 103 yards while Clark caught four for 73.
Utica quarterback Connor Butkiewicz was 27 of 49 for 232 yards with a touchdown and two interceptions. Ryan Burnett was the Pioneers’ leading rusher with 15 carries for 77 yards and a touchdown.
Utica (3-4) had three turnovers to none for Buffalo State. One turnover, the fourth interception of the season by Chris Hall, set up the first Bengals touchdown.
Buffalo State will visit Hartwick in Oneonta for a 1 p.m. kickoff next Saturday in an Empire 8 game.
At Jim Ball Stadium in Orchard Park, Erie Community College defeated Onondaga CC, 35-7, as quarterback Connor Simmons closed in on the Kats’ record for touchdown passes. Simmons threw two TD passes to Nick Jones (West Seneca West), giving him 10 for the season, two short of the record set in 2002 by Mike Currie. Chauncey Kennedy had two interceptions for ECC.
The visiting Ogres, in their third season of club football, were ranked first in the most recent Intercollegiate Club Football Federation poll.
The Kats (2-6) will close the season against Monroe College of New York City next Saturday in Orchard Park.