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Though tied at halftime, Buffalo State just wasn't quite ready to beat archrival Brockport.

A much improved Bengals team tied the game at 21-21 when quarterback Mike Mikolaichik scored on a 7-yard run with 48 seconds left until halftime.

But Brockport (6-4, 3-2 Atlantic Central) had a powerful second half to earn a 42-21 win in front of 936 at Special Olympic Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

Interceptions led to two of the Bengals' touchdowns. Mike Potter's interception set up their first score, a 2-yard run by James Perkins to tie the game, 7-7, while Mike Hayes intercepted Brockport in the end zone to start an 80-yard drive capped by Mikolaichik's scoring run.

James Brown gave Buffalo State its other points, scoring his first collegiate touchdown on a 21-yard pass from Mikolaichik.

Mikolaichik completed 18 of 40 passes for 234 yards while Jonathan Allen had eight catches for 108 yards. Perry Taglienti led the defense with 13 tackles.

The Bengals finished the season 4-6 overall, 2-3 in their first year in the Atlantic Central Football Conference. The victory total matches the total of Buffalo state's previous three seasons combined.

"I'm just so proud of our kids," said first-year Buffalo State head coach Paul Shaffner. "Despite today's result, we continued to make steps in the right direction. I am especially proud of our senior class. . . . They played a major role in helping to lay the first layer of the new foundation of Buffalo State football."

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