With a pair of touchdowns in the fourth quarter, Buffalo State completed the Coyer Field comeback to earn a 27-24 win over Hartwick Saturday afternoon.
The Bengals took their first lead on their final score with 33 seconds left in the game to nab their third straight win and improve to 5-4 overall, 3-3 in the Empire 8.
With 1:48 remaining, Scott Koen recovered a fumble, giving Buffalo State the ball on its own 48-yard line.
The Bengals faced a third-and-2 when Ryan Lehotsky dumped a screen pass to Rich Pete, who ran 16 yards for the winning touchdown.
Hartwick (3-5, 0-5 Empire 8) had built a 24-13 halftime lead. Buffalo State started to chip away in the fourth when John Beers caught a 6-yard pass from Lehotsky with 9:04 left to play. The two-point conversion failed.
The Hawks responded with a five-play, 73-yard drive. But the Bengals defense came up big, stopping Hartwick on fourth-and-goal from the 2-yard line.
In the first quarter, the teams traded touchdowns with the Bengals scoring on a 16-yard pass play from Lehotsky to Sherman Nelson. Pete had a 45-yard TD run in the second, but Hartwick notched two touchdowns and a field goal to take the halftime lead.
Pete finished with 112 total yards, including 94 on the ground on nine carries. Lehotsky had 265 yards passing, completing 18 of 33 with three touchdowns. Ryan Carney (Olean) had seven catches for 136 yards.
Defensively, Pasquale Vacchio had 12 tackles while Sean Littlejohn had 11 including a sack and 2.5 tackles for loss.
The Bengals will close out the season Saturday at St. John Fisher.