Buffalo State opened Saturday’s game against Salisbury with some promise by scoring the first touchdown, but the host Sea Gulls responded with 34 unanswered points for a 34-6 victory in Salisbury, Md.
It was an rough afternoon for Erie Community College as well. The Kats dropped their fourth in a row and fell to 1-5 on the year, losing at Dean College, 35-7, in Jim Ball Stadium.
Buffalo State quarterback Casey Kacz (Sweet Home) finished 22 of 32 for 153 yards and three interceptions, while Rich Pete was held to 51 yards on 14 carries, and Mike Doherty (Kenmore East) had six catches for 64 yards. John Alessandra (Kenmore East) had a six tackles and a strip and fumble.
Salisbury finished with 404 rushing yards, with two players rushing for more than 100 yards. Quarterback Joey Jones gained 121 yards on 19 carries, and Jerome Johnson rushed for 110 on just six attempts.
Steven Gamble came up with two of the Sea Gulls three interceptions.
Buffalo State (2-4, 0-3 Empire 8) piled up 65 yards of offense on its first possession, but finished with just 239. The Bengals ended up with 153 yards passing and a season-low 86 rushing.
After Scott Koen and Brian Greene combined for a fourth down sack to stop Salisbury’s opening possession, the Bengals used 13 plays to march down the field and take the lead on a 3-yard run by Kacz.
Salisbury scored touchdowns on each of its next three possessions to take a 20-6 lead by halftime.
Buffalo State put together a 15-play, 63-yard drive to open the second half, but Kacz was intercepted by Gamble deep in Sea Gull territory and the Bengals’ never threatened again.
Meanwhile, Dean built a 28-0 advantage before ECC finally scored in the third quarter on a 5-yard run by Charles Fuller.
Fuller finished with 89 yards on just five carries, an average of 17.8 yards a carry.
The Kats, who have scored just 26 points during their four-game losing skid, tried to open up their passing game with little success. Quarterback Connor Simmons was just 13 of 29 for 123 yards and one interception. Brandon Cannon recorded nine tackles for the Kats.