BROCKPORT - In its season-opener, the Buffalo State Bengals put up record offensive numbers, but the momentum didn't carry over to Saturday afternoon.
The Bengals lagged behind offensively and their defense couldn't make key stops in a 38-24 loss to Brockport in Kennedy Shriver Stadium. The win gave Brockport the I-90 Bowl trophy for the first time since 2009.
Buffalo State managed just 321 yards of offense and gave up 533 to the Golden Eagles.
"Brockport made plays today, and when it came time for us to make plays, we just didn't do it on offense or defense," said Buffalo State coach Jerry Boyes. "It was a disappointing day, especially after seeing so many good things last week."
Caesarae Lewis returned the opening kickoff 67 yards to get the Bengals off to a solid start. Four plays later, Nate Benoit (Grand Island) hit his first collegiate field goal, a 22-yarder for a 3-0 Buffalo State Lead.
But Brockport answered with a nine-play, 72-yard touchdown drive to take a 7-3 lead. The Golden Eagles would lead the rest of the game.
Casey Kacz threw for 295 yards, completing 26 of his 47 passes with two interceptions, one which was returned 25 yards by Brockport's Colby Morabito for a touchdown. Kacz connected with Lewis for a 35-yard touchdown play late in the first quarter.
Buffalo State gained just 26 yards on the ground - all on 14 carries by Rich Pete. Pete and Kacz (five rushes, 0 yards) each scored on a 1-yard run.
For Brockport (2-0), Tyrone Nichols rushed for 107 yards on 27 carries while Joe Scibilia threw for 374 yards and three touchdowns.
Next up for the Bengals (1-1) is a trip to Wisconsin-Whitewater, the No. 1 ranked team in the country and three-time defending national champion. The game will be at 2 p.m. Saturday.