Buffalo State (2-0) and Brockport (1-1) put on a wild offensive show Saturday afternoon in front of 2,555 at Coyer Field. The Bengals hung on for a 42-40 victory in their home opener to claim the I-90 Bowl for the third time in four years.
Senior Casey Kacz (Sweet Home) passed for 387 yards and ran for 74 more as the Bengals piled up 598 yards of total offense. Brockport had 546, giving the teams a combined 1,144. There were 54 second-half points after a 14-14 halftime tie. Kacz completed 25-of-34 passes. Ten of his completions went to junior Mike Doherty (Kenmore East) for 228 yards.
Senior running back Ismail Brooks had only 27 yards on 10 carries, but scored three times from close range. Junior Rich Pete ran 11 times for 104 yards and two scores.
Despite his production, Kacz did not outperform Brockport’s sophomore quarterback Tyler Stoldt (Alden), a transfer from Edinboro. Stoldt (29 for 44, no interceptions) threw for 414 yards and five touchdowns, including a 76-yard bomb to Darryl Thompson to give the Eagles a brief 21-14 lead early in the third quarter. Stoldt also threw TD passes of 22 and 27 yards to junior Andrew Mrozek (Depew), the first opening the game’s scoring, the second ending it with 1:08 left before the Bengals recovered an onside kick and ran out the clock.
The Bengals blocked the extra point kick by Tyler Perna (West Seneca West) after the Eagles had taken a 27-21 lead with 6:04 left in the third quarter. Buffalo State then went in front for good on an 8-yard run by Pete and a 3-yard run by Brooks early in the fourth quarter. A two-point pass attempt also failed after Brockport closed to 35-33 with 4:43 left before Brooks scored again from 2 yards.
Kacz was left 54 yards short of establishing a Buffalo State career record for rushing yards by a quarterback. Dan Sansanese (1981-83) is the current record holder with 762.
Buffalo State (2-0) will be home at noon next Saturday against Wisconsin-Whitewater (1-0), which was the defending NCAA Division III champion when the Bengals scored a 7-6 upset last season. It ended Whitewater’s 46-game winning streak. Whitewater had an open date this weekend.
Meanwhile, Erie Community College (1-1) suffered its first loss of the season as the Kats were blanked by Milford Academy, 19-0, in New Berlin. ECC will play at Nassau CC next Saturday at noon.