Senior tailback Lamar Wilson's 80-yard first-quarter run opened the scoring and sent Buffalo State (2-1) to a 41-17 romp over Albion (Mich.) College Saturday.
Albion (2-1) entered the game, its home opener, ranked 14th in the most recent American Football Coaches Association Division III poll. Buffalo State was not ranked among the top 25.
"We were able to jump on our opportunity to cross regions and make a statement in Division III football," said Bengals coach Jerry Boyes of the victory over the Britons, who were 6-3 last season. "I'm certainly happy with what we did with that opportunity."
Wilson also scored on a 2-yard run in the second quarter to give the Bengals a 14-0 lead. He finished with 138 yards in 15 carries.
"He has a great burst and speed to go with it," Boyes said. "He's capable of that type of play every time he touches the ball."
Shawn Starks ran 13 times for 45 yards and fullback Brandon Janesz had 36 yards in 10 carries as the Bengals rolled up 236 net yards on the ground.
Buffalo State quarterback Chris Henry completed 14 of 21 passes for 189 yards. The senior from Niagara-Wheatfield threw touchdown passes of 14 and 7 yards to sophomore Marc Hoppy (Depew) and 24 yards to senior tight end Melvin Parris.
The other Bengals touchdown came when junior safety Israel Cuyler recovered a blocked punt in the end zone with 32 seconds left in the game.
The Bengals outgained the Britons, 425-235, and dominated time of possession, 34:15 to 24:25. Albion was limited to two first downs and just 51 yards in the first half. In eight first-half possessions, the Britons went three-and-out five times and had a pass intercepted by Tony Favata. Buffalo State led, 20-0, at the half then drove 80 yards on the first possession of the third quarter, with Henry hitting Hoppy for the score.
The defensive effort was led by linebacker Omar Rimlawi, who had 12 tackles. Linebacker David Davidzik (Lancaster) had 11 tackles and one of the Bengals' three quarterback sacks.
Next for Buffalo State is a Homecoming Day game against Cortland (2-1) Saturday at 1 p.m. at Coyer Field.
MEN'S SOCCER: Cleveland State handed Canisius (1-3-1) a 3-1 setback in the consolation game of the Vikings Tournament in Cleveland. Nate Fillmore, who scored the Canisius goal, made the all-tournament team. Loyola of Chicago (2-0) won the tournament title. . . . St. Bonaventure (1-5) lost to the host Spiders in the University of Richmond Nike Challenge Cup. Eric Bach and Sean Kelty had the goals for the Bonnies. . . . Chris Whitmore (Lockport) scored at 43 seconds of overtime to give Fredonia State a 2-1 victory over Brockport. . . . John Borycki has been named interim head coach at Genesee Community College in Batavia.
WOMEN'S SOCCER: The University at Buffalo defeated host Stony Brook, 2-0, in the first round of the Patriots' own tournament on Long Island. After a scoreless first half, Andrea Sullivan took a shot that deflected off a Stony Brook defender. Paula Listrani added the second goal. Goalkeeper Emily Cox had four saves for her first shutout. UB faces Jacksonville for the championship today. . . . Penny Burg (Iroquois) had the lone goal for Buffalo State (1-4) in an 8-1 loss to Geneseo.
WOMEN'S VOLLEYBALL: Buffalo State won all three of its matches, including a five-set conquest of three-time champion Fredonia, to win its own Lady Bengal Invitational Tournament. Fredonia (2-1) was second, followed by D'Youville (1-2) and Medaille (0-3). Monica Polka of the Lady Bengals was MVP. Also named all-tournament were Jessie Miller (Buffalo State), Jen Shoemaker (D'Youville), Catherine Heinrich (Fredonia) and Liz Geist (Fredonia) and Andrea Belis (Medaille).
GOLF: After a 298 team total on Friday, St. Bonaventure slipped to a 310 in the second round and finished fourth in the Bucknell Invitational in Lewisburg, Pa. Matt Pochily, Tyson Pedacchio (Randolph) and Jim Krivanek all finished with 36-hole totals of 152 for Bona. Jeff Tracy was at 153 and senior Kevin Sheed at 158. Colgate (596) was first followed by Bucknell (599).