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GORDON BRIGHTENS BULLS' GLOOMY DAY

University at Buffalo leading rusher Marquis Dwarte returned to action after missing last week's game with a neck injury, but senior Derrick Gordon received the majority of the carries and produced another solid game.

Gordon was one of the few bright spots on offense in UB's 35-13 loss to Kent State -- freshman flanker Matt Knueven was the other -- as the Bulls attempted to establish their running game.

Gordon finished with 80 yards on 22 carries after producing a personal best 137 yards on 30 carries in last week's game against Marshall. Dwarte carried seven times for 37 yards.

"It was decent," said Gordon of his performance. "It could have been a little better out there, and I probably missed a couple of reads. Our offensive line is doing a pretty decent job, and sometimes if they don't you have to overcome that as a back. I give them credit for what they did because I didn't get 80 yards by myself."
During the first four games of the season, the Bulls yielded an average of only 133.8 yards passing per game. In their last three games, they have allowed an average of 287 yards.
An hour after the game, while the Kent State field hockey team was warming up for its game against Miami (Ohio), observers noticed a yellow flag on the field. That served as a reminder of how the football game was called.

UB and Kent State were penalized 15 times for 114 yards, and the Golden Flashes were flagged seven times on personal fouls.
UB scored its only touchdown when Knueven beat Kent State's Charles Sims on a post pattern for a 50-yard score. It was Knueven's first TD reception. . . . Flanker Zeke McKine has taken a leave of absence from the team for personal reasons. . . . The win was Kent State's first Homecoming victory since 1996

UB has lost four in a row and fell to 1-3 on the road this season. . . . Freedy's 50-yard TD pass was his longest this season. His career best is 67-yarder against Virginia in 1999. The fifth-year senior went over the 5,000-yard passing mark for his career. . . . The Bulls' 10 first-half points were a season high. Opponents have outscored UB, 143-20, in the first half this season.

Junior wideout Andre Forde went over the 1,000-yard receiving mark for his career. . . . UB has dropped 13 consecutive games on artificial turf. Its last win on turf came in 1996 against Hofstra, 14-10. . . . Kent State did not punt in the first half. It began the second half by punting on four of its first five possessions.
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