Kyle Hoppy's third touchdown pass of the game, a 41-yard strike to Had Bryant with 57 seconds left gave Buffalo State a wild 53-48 football victory at Morrisville State Saturday in their Empire 8 Conference opener.
Hoppy (Orchard Park) passed for 364 yards of the Bengals' 508 yards total offense on 18 completions in 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 with 526 total yards, 329 of it coming on the ground.
Two Morrisville backs Nick Edmond (159) and quarterback Brandon Gwinner (158) rushed for more than 150 yards each.
After Hoppy passed 58 yards to Stephen Johnson (McKinley) for the game's first score there were 10 lead changes before the winning touchdown pass to Bryant near 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 the two teams they scored touchdowns on the next four possessions, two for each side 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 had one last possession but it ended when Tiquan Simpkins picked off Gwinner's pass at the Buffalo 24.
Jamar Rutledge (McKinley), who had 205 return yards on six kickoffs ran one back to give the Bengals a 21-20 lead in the second quarter 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. Hoppy was sacked three times. Besides the TD passes to Johnson and Bryant, Hoppy threw one to Ricky Bailey (Niagara Falls) for 8-yards in the second quarter.
ECC plays in Utica
Eric Community College (0-1) will return to action after last week's 50-28 loss to Hocking College. The Kats will face the Utica College junior varsity at 2 p.m. at Charles A. Gaetano Stadium in Utica. The host Pioneers won their opener, 36-0, over the Hartwick JV.
Tyler Zelinski and Alex Douglas each pass for an ECC touchdown in the opener, with Laquan White and Amonte Gwinn on the receiving end. The Kats' other score came on a 3-yard run by Michael Johnson and a 37-yard interception return by Deion Johnson.