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Buffalo's Tom Baker, the leader going into the final round of match play, had to struggle Tuesday night to finish in third place and qualify for tonight's stepladder finals of the PBA Ebonite Challenge at Woodland Bowl."I feel fortunate to only drop two spots," the 43-year-old veteran said. "It was a struggle, man. The lanes were pretty rough out there. I had to hang in th…

After missing an extra point earlier in the game Saturday afternoon, Buffalo State place-kicker Nick DePaola was hoping for an opportunity for redemption.When it came, he was more than ready.DePaola kicked a 27-yard field goal with 6:45 left to lift the Bengals to a 16-14 victory over Mercyhurst before a crowd of 1,287 at Tullio Field."This team continues to have a refuse-…

The University at Buffalo football team was left to contemplate what might have been Saturday afternoon following a 52-17 loss to Youngstown State, the top-ranked Division I-AA team in the nation.On the scoreboard, it looks like another blowout loss for the Bulls (2-5), who have allowed 50 or more points in three of their last four games. But UB was very much in the game, …

The Buffalo State Bengals certainly didn't save their best for last Saturday afternoon.The Bengals fumbled three times in the fourth quarter and Cortland State was only too happy to take advantage of the miscues, scoring three touchdowns, to turn a close game into a 38-9 blowout before a crowd of 4,800 at Davis Field.This was Cortland's first triumph over Buffalo State sin…

It took a record-tying kick to give Canisius College its first football victory of the season Saturday.Junior Dustin Bakowski (JFK) booted a 44-yard field goal with 36 seconds left in the fourth quarter as the Golden Griffins took a 10-7 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference win over St. Peter's.Bakowski's kick tied the Griffs' school record for distance. Jeff Davis kicked a …