Cortland (3-0) scored five touchdowns and a field goal on its seven first-half possessions in a 59-21 rout of visiting SUNY Buffalo State (0-4) in their nonconference football game on Saturday.
The Red Dragons piled up 580 yards total offense, including 271 passing by quarterback Brett Segala and 131 rushing by Zach Tripodi.
Zak Ciezki (Cheektowaga) of the Bengals completed 18 of 29 passes for 131 yards and a 9-yard touchdownn pass to Jordan Evert (Sweet Home) in the second half. Martin Bailey (Kenmore West) had 84 yards and a touchdown rushing in 21 attempts. The other Buffalo State score was on a 37-yard interception return by Gino Bonagura, who had 20 tackles. Devin Delmont (St. Francis) had 11 tackles.
The Red Dragons needed only five plays to take the lead after Angelo Foster returned the opening kickoff 62 yards to the Bengals’ 32. Cortland scored on four straight series to start the game in building a 28-7 lead in less than 18 minutes.
Still in search of their first victory under new coach Christian Ozolins, the Bengals have a week off to regroup before their Liberty League opener at Ithaca on Oct. 12.
In Scranton, Pa., host Lackawanna College had eight scoring drives of five plays or fewer and two return touchdowns in a 83-0 triumph over Erie Community College.
ECC had minus 27 yards rushing, mainly due to 45 yards lost on five sacks. Lackawanna rolled up 389 yards rushing and attempted only 11 passes completing seven. Three Lackawanna players had more than 100 yards in the victory.
The Falcons were 11-0 last season and have won 16 in a row since its last lost to College of DuPage, 24-0, in Glen Ellyn, Ill., in 2017.
Next for the Kats is a home game at noon Saturday against College of DuPage, which was 1-3 before its home game on Saturday night against Ellsworth Junior College.