Buffalo State came up empty on two long drives to Alfred territory early in the game and never recovered in a 21-3 loss to the undefeated Saxons on Saturday at Yunevich Stadium in Alfred.
After that, the Bengals were never again in a position to take the lead and gave up three long touchdown drives by Alfred. Buffalo State suffered its first loss in four games. The host Saxons, ranked 20th in NCAA Division III, are 4-0, 3-0 in the Empire 8 Conference. Alfred has won the last six games against Buffalo State.
After the second of Buffalo drives ended on downs inside the Alfred 20, the Saxons drove 74 yards in a plays to take a 7-0 lead with 1:25 left in the second quarter and begin their wearing down of the Bengals' defense.
Justin Simoncelli (West Seneca East) kicked a 28-yard field to get Buffalo State on the board on the last play of the first half. Alfred took control of the game by driving 77 yards and 79 yards for two fourth quarter touchdowns. Meanwhile, the Bengals turned the ball over on three of their five second-half series.
Jayden Gavidia scored twice for Alfred on passes of 10 and 24 yards from Casey Boston. Boston ran in from 4 yards for the second Alfred touchdown. Alfred rolled up 198 yards rushing, 109 in 22 carries by Maleke Fuentes (Olean). Nasir Smith had 51 yards rushing in 10 attempts and Boston ran for 42 yards in eight carries.
Buffalo State quarterback Kyle Hoppy (Orchard Park) completed 14 of 23 passes for 200 yards but was intercepted twice and sacked three times. Between Austin Neal (11 carries, 47 yards), Antoine Holloman (9 for 25) and Hoppy (15-25) and fullback Anthony Covington (1 for 3). the Bengals had 100 net yards on the ground. Ricky Bailey (Niagara Falls) caught eight passes for 107 yards.
Linebackers Dametrius Brown (13 tackles) and Bart Mazzara (Starpoint) 12 tackles led the Buffalo State defense. Nick Milgate had 10 tackles and two sacks for the Saxons. Linebacker A.J. Licata (Frontier) had nine tackles.
Buffalo State will be home for a noon game against Cortland on Saturday. Alfred has a 4 p.m. game at winless St. John Fisher, which was idle this weekend.
Erie Community College (1-1) played Lackawanna College (3-0) on Saturday night in Scranton, Pa. The host Falcons came into the game averaging 50 points a game including a 48-39 triumph over Nassau Community College. ECC was coming off a 28-21 victory over the Utica College junior varsity two weeks ago.