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Winless Bengals fall at Cortland

The Cortland Red Dragons scored 21 points in the fourth quarter to put away Buffalo State, 35-14, Saturday afternoon.

The Bengals dropped to 0-4 on the season and 0-3 in the New Jersey Athletic Conference.

Leading, 14-7, heading into the fourth quarter, the No. 15 Red Dragons (4-0) constructed a 61-yard drive and a 1-yard touchdown run by Andrew Giuliano to push the lead to 21-7.

Buffalo State went three-and-out, and Cortland started its next drive at the Bengals' 27-yard line. Three plays later, Cory Russell broke a 17-yard run to extend the advantage to 21 points.

Buffalo State countered with a 71-yard drive, culminating with a 19-yard touchdown pass from Kenny Murphy (Lancaster) to Greg Meyer (Lancaster).

But Cortland's defense forced the Bengals to turn the ball over on downs on the Buffalo State 26 yard-line. Six plays later, the Red Dragons scored.

"The short field was the story of the game," said Buffalo State Coach Paul Shaffner. "Our kids played hard and we were right there going into the fourth quarter, but we were forced to take some chances that didn't pan out for us, and Cortland made the most of good field position."

Jeremy Mountain (Maryvale) completed 11 of 16 passes for 110 yards and a touchdown for the Bengals, before being knocked out of the game with an injury. Murphy, a freshman from Lancaster, took his first snaps of the season, going 4 of 9 for 56 yards and a score. Meyer had 114 yards on 10 catches and both Bengals touchdowns.

Matt Pacana (North Tonawanda) had 12 tackles.

Buffalo State hosts Kean at Coyer Field at noon on Saturday.

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