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PUNTING GAME NOT FIT FOR KING

Well, at least the University at Buffalo shut out James King.

UB prevented King from having another block party in its 16-8 loss to Central Michigan on Saturday night.

King entered the game with six blocked punts and had four in the Chippewas' loss at Michigan State. UB's Scott McMahan didn't have any problems getting off his seven punts for an average of 40.7.

"We had to be aware of James King because of what he's done," said UB coach Jim Hofher. "We had to make sure that we knew where he was."

The 6-1, 195-pound King tied the NCAA record with the four blocks against the Spartans, a record shared with Memphis' Ken Irvin, a cornerback with the Buffalo Bills. The record for blocked punts in a season is eight, held by Arkansas State's Jimmy Lisko (1975) and Baylor's James Francis (1989).

Although UB finished with just 42 rushing yards, sophomore tailback Marquis Dwarte rushed for 75 on 17 carries.

In addition to linebacker Bobby Johnson's game-high 17 tackles, linebacker Duane Williams finished with 12 in his best game of the season. Williams started the preseason at defensive end after playing linebacker last season.

"That's a lot of hits, but, unfortunately, the ball got to the linebackers," Hofher said.

Sophomore flanker Zeke McKine missed the game for personal reasons and was replaced by junior Dan Lindsay. Sophomore linebacker Lamar Wilcher missed his second consecutive game with a shoulder injury suffered last week in practice. He was replaced by redshirt freshman Rodney Morris.

Senior quarterback Joe Freedy moved past Frank Reilly (1988-90) and into fourth place on the school's passing yards list with 4,435 yards. The leader is Cliff Scott (1991-94) with 7,578. . . . Saturday was only the second meeting between the schools. Central Michigan rolled up 394 yards on the ground in a 38-19 win in 1999.

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