At least the University at Buffalo football team broke one of its inglorious streaks Saturday night.
UB's 13-10 halftime lead over Connecticut on Saturday night at UB Stadium was its first such advantage since Oct. 17, 1998, against Canisius -- a span of 17 games. That game, which the Bulls won, 47-0, was their last victory.
The Bulls had been outscored, 122-7, in their first two games at Syracuse and Rutgers.
"We're a lot closer to UConn than we are to everyone else," UB coach Craig Cirbus said.
The Bulls held two leads in the first half.
The first came with 11:55 remaining in the second quarter, when Joe Freedy connected with Andre Forde on a 38-yard touchdown. Scott Keller kicked the extra point to put the Bulls ahead, 10-3.
Keller's streak-breaking, 23-yard field goal came with 12 seconds left until intermission. He squibbed the ensuing kickoff, preventing UConn from running it back, and Huskies quarterback Ryan Tracey knelt down to run out the clock.
The Bulls did something else in the first half they hadn't done in their first two games: They did not commit a turnover.
UB extended its losing streak to 18 games, the second-longest in the country. Ball State fell in humiliating fashion (76-0) at Kansas State Saturday night to lengthen its streak to 19 games.
Ball State visits UB Stadium for homecoming on Oct. 21.
Freedy was magnificent on the Bulls' 11-play, 97-yard scoring drive that started with 49 seconds remaining in the first quarter and ended with 11:55 left in the second.
After Bam McDonald barely averted being brought down for a safety on the first play, Freedy guided the Bulls the length of the field. The junior from Bethel Park, Pa., used four different receivers, completing 6 of 8 passes for 85 yards. The series was capped by Forde's 38-yard catch and run.
UB starting outside linebacker Duane Williams was helped off the field with 2:09 left in the third quarter after spraining his left ankle. He returned for UConn's next offensive series, but had to be taken off the field again late in the fourth quarter. . . . Dallas Pelz's 58-yard punt in the fourth quarter -- to the UConn 13 -- was the longest of his career.