Buffalo State (1-1, 0-1 Empire 8) committed two costly mistakes in the fourth quarter, blew a 12-point lead and lost to Alfred University, 29-26, Saturday at Yunevich Stadium in Alfred. In the bargain, the Bengals lost quarterback Kyle Hoppy to injury in the final period.
Things were not that close for Erie Community College. The Kats (1-1) were trounced by Nassau CC (4-0), 55-0, in Garden City. ECC was outgained 524-157 in a rout that began with an 86-yard punt return by Duane Gary midway through the first quarter.
Alfred (3-0, 2-0 Empire 8) scored two touchdowns in the fourth quarter, one after the Bengals lost the ball on downs at their own 44 after a botched punt attempt. The Saxons drove 77 yards in six plays on their next possession to take the lead, 27-26, when quarterback Tyler Johnson scored on a 3-yard run, then ran for the two-point conversion with 5:21 left.
The Bengals had two possessions after that. The first ended at the Alfred 40 when backup quarterback Dan Ser-ignese lost a fumble. On the last, they turned the ball over on downs with 1:23 to play.
“Buffalo State was its own worst enemy today,” said Bengals coach Jerry Boyes. “We made three turnovers at critical times, and just could not make enough plays to overcome the mistakes.”
Hoppy completed 14 of 19 for 197 yards and two touchdowns and ran for 54 yards. Tre Jones carried 16 times for 119 yards and Dale Stewart (Niagara Falls) had 88 yards on nine carries as the Bengals finished with 245 yards on the ground and 452 overall.
Madison Wesolowski (Iroquois) was the leading receiver with four catches for 77 yards, and linebacker Marquis Artis (Amherst) led the defense with nine tackles and an interception.
Johnson of Alfred passed for two touchdowns, both to Brendan Buisch.
Saturday, the Bengals will open their home schedule at Coyer Field against Morrisville State at 1, while ECC hosts Hudson Valley CC at noon.