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This Day in Buffalo Sports History; Aug. 29, 2002 -- Off to a rocky start

Many college football teams try to schedule smaller, non-conference schools in the opening weeks of the season in order to get some wins and develop confidence.

Lehigh sure knew how to spoil a party on this night.

The Division I-AA team knocked off the University at Buffalo, 37-26, before 21,103 in UB Stadium. The game might not have been that close, as the Engineers clearly dominated in overcoming an early 13-0 Bulls' lead. It still ranks as one of the most crushing losses in UB's recent history.

"It's certainly a disappointment to lose any football game at any time -- the first game, last game, any place in between," said UB coach Jim Hofher. "This is no less or no greater a disappointment."

Randall Secky made his first start at quarterback for the Bulls, and at times it showed. He completed just 12 of 31 passes for 154 yards. Overall, Lehigh outgained UB, 508-265.

"The passing game was the thing, theirs and ours," Hofher said. "They did a good job with theirs and they had a number of third-and-very-long conversions. Good for them, shame on us."

-- Budd Bailey

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