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Bengals strike in final minute, outgun Morrisville

Kyle Hoppy’s third touchdown pass of the game, a 41-yard strike to Had Bryant with 57 seconds left, gave SUNY Buffalo State a wild 53-48 football victory Saturday at Morrisville State College in their Empire 8 Conference opener.

Hoppy (Orchard Park) passed for 364 of the Bengals’ 508 yards total offense on 18 completions on 30 attempts and had no interceptions as coach Jerry Boyes’ Bengals improved their record to 2-0.

How wild was it?

Some highlights:

• Morrisville led 33-28 at halftime. The Mustangs outgained the Bengals with 526 total yards, 329 of it coming on the ground.

• Morrisville backs Nick Edmond (154) and Brandon Gwinner (149) rushed for well over 100 yards.

• After Hoppy passed 58 yards to Stephen Johnson (McKinley) for the game’s first score there were 10 lead changes until the end.

Antoine Holliman scored on a 1-yard run to cap a 72-yard drive that gave Buffalo State the lead, 35-33 late in the third quarter. Then, between them the teams scored touchdowns on the next four possessions in the back-and-forth action.

The string ended when the Bengals held on downs at their own 12-yard line with 3:35 left, then drove 88 yards for the winning TD.

Morrisville’s last possession ended when Tiquan Simpkins picked off Gwinner’s pass at the Buffalo State 24.

Jamar Rutledge (McKinley), who had 206 return yards on six kickoffs, ran one back for 96 yards and a Buffalo State touchdown and scored on a 19-yard reverse in the fourth quarter.

Nicholas Calle and Bart Mazzara (Starpoint) had nine tackles each for Buffalo State. Paul Krowel had eight stops and registered the lone Bengals sack. Ricky Bailey (Niagara Falls) had an 8-yard TD catch in the second quarter.

ECC plays in Utica

Eric Community College (0-1) will return to action today after last week’s 50-28 loss to Hocking College, facing the Utica College junior varsity at 2 p.m. in Utica. The host Pioneers won their opener, 36-0, over the Hartwick JV.

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