Rowan's Chris Alvarez sacked Buffalo State quarterback Casey Kacz (Sweet Home) on the final play of the game on a first-and-goal from the 3-yard line, to preserve a 36-29 New Jersey Athletic Conference victory over the Bengals on Saturday at Wackar Stadium in Glassboro, N.J.
Kacz led a Buffalo State offense that produced 517 total yards but still fell short against the Profs, long a nemesis for the Bengals. Kacz finished 23 of 36 for 379 yards with two touchdowns and an interception.
One of Kacz's touchdown passes was a 97-yard hookup with running back Rich Pete for the game's first score.
After trailing, 21-7, in the first half, the Bengals rallied to take a 29-28 lead with 6:28 left in the game on Pete's 24-yard scoring run. Rowan, however, answered with a 61-yard TD pass from Louis Bianchini to Eddie Eisenhart to retake the lead with 5:49 left.
Caesarae Lewis had six catches for 95 yards, and Mike Doherty (Kenmore East) added five catches for 97 yards and a score for Buffalo State. Pasquale Vacchio led the Bengals' defense with 10 tackles, and Kimani George had six stops including two sacks. Nick Debbins (Lancaster) tied the Buffalo State record with three field goals in a game, hitting from 33, 44 and 21 yards.
Meanwhile at Jim Ball Stadium in Orchard Park, freshman running back J.J. Dickey ran for 93 yards and two touchdowns but Erie Community College (2-6) lost to ASA of New York City, 23-13.
The Kats trailed, 10-0, at halftime before scoring on their first drive of the second half with Dickey scoring from 14 yards out. ASA answered on its possession, when Isiah Ferguson caught an 87-yard touchdown pass from Jared Johnston.
Dickey then brought the Kats within four, 17-13, when he scored on a 5-yard run, but ASA answered when Isiah Moody ran 10 yards for a touchdown with 1:14 left.
ECC's Pierre Blake made nine tackles and an interception.