WHITEWATER, Wis. - Just how big of a victory did Buffalo State record Saturday afternoon in Wisconsin?
Think University at Buffalo going on the road and beating Alabama.
Yes, it was that big.
Buffalo State did what seemed to be the unthinkable, posting a 7-6 win at three-time defending NCAA Division III national champion Wisconsin-Whitewater on Saturday afternoon before 5,872 at Perkins Stadium.
The Bengals (2-1) snapped the national No. 1 Warhawks' 46-game winning streak by scoring with three seconds left when quarterback Casey Kacz (Sweet Home) hooked up on a 10-yard TD pass with Ryan Carney (Olean). Nate Benoit's extra-point kick completed the 11-play, 75-yard drive that took 1:32.
"This was the biggest win in Buffalo State football history," coach Jerry Boyes said. "This shows us what we are capable of, and now we need to build on this."
Buffalo State wouldn't have been in a position to pull off the shocker if not for its finest defensive effort of the season. The Bengals held Whitewater to just two field goals (one in the first quarter, the other with 1:35 left), 2.9 yards per rushing attempt (123 yards on 43 attempts) and recorded two interceptions. The Warhawks also missed two field goal attempts.
Pasquale Vacchio led the Bengals' defense with 19 tackles. Chris Hall had six tackles and two interceptions.
"This win goes to the defense for standing tall all day and giving the offense a chance to deliver at the end," Boyes said.
Kacz, who just two weeks ago passed for a school record 569 yards, completed 18 of 33 for 274 yards, while Carney had four catches for 79 yards.
Kacz connected on two long passes on the winning drive. A 15-yard personal-foul penalty after a 39-yard completion on a fourth-down, hook-and-ladder play to Carney, followed by laterals to Rich Pete and Brooks Estarfaa (Maryvale) momentarily slowed the Bengals. Three plays later, Kacz completed a 33-yard pass to Manny Brooks for first down at the Whitewater 10 with 15 seconds left.
Buffalo State will play its first Empire 8 Conference game at 12:30 p.m. Saturday against visiting Alfred at Coyer Field.