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Bengals beat Waynesburg in ECAC Bowl

WAYNESBURG, Pa. – Senior wide receiver Mike Doherty broke two school records in his final game as the Buffalo State football team beat host Waynesburg, 59-36, to win the ECAC Division III Southwest Bowl at John F. Wiley Stadium.

The Kenmore East graduate had 15 catches to break the single-game record and the career mark of 176 receptions. He finished the game with 201 receiving yards and two touchdowns. His 1,144 receiving yards were just eight yards shy of another school record.

The Bengals improved to 4-0 in ECAC Bowls in what was their first postseason appearance since 2000. The team’s 8-3 record is the program’s first eight-win season since 1998.

Quarterback Kyle Hoppy of Orchard was 24 of 34 and matched a career-best with 335 yards while tying a school record with five touchdown passes. It was Hoppy’s third 300-yard game of the season.

Junior receiver Ryan Carney of Olean surpassed 1,000 yards receiving with his four catches for 81 yards, and he added two scores to give him the single-season school record with 12 receiving touchdowns.

Senior running back Rich Pete capped his final game with 51 yards on eight carries before leaving with an injury early in the second quarter. Sophomore Tre Jones had 19 carries for a career-best 95 yards and two TDs.

Buffalo State finished with 551 yards of total offense, while the Yellow Jackets had 354, including just 42 yards rushing. Buffalo State led in first downs, 29-20.

Waynesburg QB Carter Hill finished 19 of 35 for 282 yards with five touchdowns. Hill came into the game having thrown for 2,517 yards and 29 touchdowns.

The Bengals’ John Alessandra of Kenmore East had six tackles, while Shaq Frederick had a pair of tackles for loss, including one of three Bengals’ sacks.

The game marked the first meeting between the teams. It also was Waynesburg’s fourth-straight postseason in which it qualified for an ECAC bowl.

The Yellow Jackets competed against another Empire 8 team, Brockport State, in last year’s ECAC Northwest Bowl. Waynesburg lost to the Golden Eagles, 19-12. The Jackets last hosted an ECAC bowl game when they defeated Carnegie Mellon, 28-24, in 2012.