Buffalo State turnovers led to three Cortland touchdowns Saturday in a 38-12 loss to Red Dragons before 1,007 at Coyer Field.
Playing without injured quarterback Kyle Hoppy, the Bengals (3-2, 1-2 Empire 8 Conference) outgained the visitors, 400-323, but the turnovers gave the invaders a big assist. It wasn't all easy going for Cortland, though. Coach Dan McNeill's team marched 77 and 62 yards for a 10-0 lead before they recovered an errant pitchout by Buffalo State quarterback Kevin Torrillo at the Bengals' 16-yard line. One play later Steve Ferreira passed to Josh Ramirez and to make it 17-0 with 7:26 to go in the second quarter.
Torrillo (Sweet Home), making his first collegiate start, then led six-play, 70-yard drive that included a 39-yard pass to Ricky Bailey (Niagara Falls). Torrillo finished the drive with a 5-yard screen pass to Anthony Covington. The extra point was blocked leaving the Bengals trailing 17-6.
That was as close as they were to get. Ferreira threw a 39-yard Td pass to Angelo Foster to make it 24-6.
Torrillo threw a 28-yard scoring pass to Stephen Johnson (McKinley) for a score, but Cortland went 22 and 38 yards for short TD drives in the fourth quarter after interceptions.
Torrillo finished with 304 passing yards on 21 completions in 44 attempts but had three passed picked off. Ferreira of Cortland completed only 10 of 23 but for 222 yards and two touchdowns with no interceptions.
Dametrius Brown and Bart Mazzara had 10 tackles each from their linebacker slots for the Bengals. Khalid Sommerville (Bennett) had 1 1/2 sacks.
Cortland (3-2, 2-1 Empire 8) ended a five-game losing streak to the Bengals, who will play a nonconference game at St. Lawrence on Saturday.
In Orchard Park, Erie Community College quarterback Tyler Zelinski passed for five touchdowns in the Kats' 46-34 loss to visiting College of DuPage from Illinois before 374 at West Herr Stadium. ECC is 1-3, DuPage 4-2.
Three of Zelinski's scoring passes went to Tyler Ringwood (Bishop Timon-St. Jude), who had 10 receptions for 172 yards. His TD receptions were for 24, 17 and 12 yards, all in the second quarter. They helped ECC stay close (27-20) at halftime, but Du Page outscored the Kats, 19-0 in the third quarter to take command. Zelinski passed to Isaiah Brown and Erriona Giardina (Kenmore West) for touchdowns in the fourth quarter. He ended up with 357 passing yards with 26 completions in 47 attempts with one interception.
Linebackers Tory Rogers (Williamsville North) and Gilberto Ortiz Jr. (Pine Valley) had eight tackles each for ECC. Each had a sack and tackle for loss. Corner back Tyrece Speight had an interception for the Kats. ECC outgained DuPage, 382-379.
ECC will host ASA College on Saturday.
MEN'S SOCCER: Buffalo State upset defending SUNYAC champion Cortland, 1-0 at Coyer field on a goal by Sofiane Hamadi in the 47th minute. The Bengals are 10-1-2, 3-0-2 in SUNYAC while Cortland, ranked No. 6 in NCAA Division III, fell to 11-2-0 overall and 5-1-0 in the conference. Hamadi controlled a pass from Luke Pavone and ripped a shot from 18 yards out.
Cortland earned a scoring opportunity with three minutes remaining, but goalkeeper Andreas Queen made a diving save to preserve the upset. Queen recorded three saves for his sixth shutout of the season.
Quinnipiac (3-7-1, 2-2-0 MAAC) scored twice in the 4:16 span midway through the first half and cruised to a 3-0 victory over Canisiuis in Hamden, Conn/ Daemen lost to visiting Mercy, 1-0, on Lucca Lacerda's goal in the 64th minute. Mercy played the final 42 minutes a man short because of a red card. It was the fifth win in a row for Mercy (8-3, 4-1 East Coast Conference). Daemen is 4-8, 1-4 in league play.
WOMEN'S SWIMMING: The University at Buffalo finished second at the FIU Fall Classic, hosted by Florida International University in Miami. UB collected 480 points to finish second to the host team's 521. Grand Canyon (Ariz.) was next with 441 followed by George Washington (363), Army (358), TCU (357), Florida Atlantic (336) and Indian River State (Fla.) 14.
Megan Burns began her senior season with first places in the 50 freestyle (23.42), 100 freestyle (51.20) and 200 freestyle (1:50.33). Freshman Olivia Sapio (Orchard Park) collected her first victory in the 200 individual medley (2:04.54) and swam the second leg of the winning 400 freestyle relay. Kelly Moran of UB won the 3-meter dive (272.40) and was second in the 1-meter (274.95).
WOMEN'S VOLLEYBALL: Nicole Matheis had a season-high 20 kills in Niagara's sweep of Manhattan in Riverdale. The Purple Eagles (10-6, 6-1 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference) won, 25-20, 25-16, 25-20, its first win over the Jaspers since 2011. Niagara's only MAAC loss was to Fairfield in five sets last Sunday.
CROSS COUNTRY: Megan Lee and Adam Droz of Hilbert were individual winners in the Meghan Memorial Cross Country run hosted by Hilbert in Hamburg. Lee won the women's 5K in 20:41 in leading the Hawks to a third-place team finish behind D'Youville and Medaille. Droz covered the 5K course in 18:12 to lead the men as he paced Hilbert to the team championship. D'Youville was second followed by Villa Maria and Medaille.
Freshman Rachel Luczak (Immaculata) led D'Youville to its women's team title. Her time was 21:29. Freshman Zachary Voss (JFK) of Villa Maria was second (18:59) in the men's race.
WOMEN'S SOCCER: Michelle Iacono scored both goals for Rider (3-8-2, 2-1-0 MAAC) in a 2-0 triumph over Canisius (7-6-1, 2-4-1) at the Demske Sports Complex.
Ten saves by Niagara goalkeeper Sabrina Locas couldn't prevent a 2-1 loss to Fairfield in Connecticut. Courtney Betts had the goal for Niagara (6-5-2, 2-3-1 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference).
Mercy College (10-1, 4-0 East Coast Conference) of Dobbs Ferry edged upset-minded Daemen, 3-2, on Heidi Serna's goal with 4:25 left in regulation at Karrer Field in Amherst. Jamie Boyer (Williamsville South) scored her seventh of the season and Alex Juliano (Nardin) scored for the losing Wildcats (6-4-0, 2-3-0 ECC).
Buffalo State scored first on a goal by Lindsay Mahoney but Cortland rallied for a 2-1 victory over the visiting Bengals (3-9-1, 0-5-0)