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Baylor Bears vs Buffalo Bulls – 2007

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Baylor Bears vs Buffalo Bulls - 2007Check out the great photos of the Baylor/Buffalo football game from September 22, 2007 taken by U.B. photographer Douglas Levere from the Office Of University Communications.

Plagued by turnovers, the University at Buffalo Bulls football team fell to Baylor, 34-21, in front of a paid attendance of 22,676 at UB Stadium.

The Bulls were led by James Starks (now with the Green Bay Packers) who scored all three of UB’s touchdowns.

The images are part of the UB Photo Database Archives (1980-2008) available from the University Archives.

For more information on football at the University at Buffalo, visit the UB Sports History Collection website.


Buffalo Bulls vs Army Black Knights – 1960

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General William Westmoreland, Superintendent at West Point, with University of Buffalo Chancellor Clifford C. Furnas at the Army / Buffalo football game at West Point, N.Y. on September 17, 1960.

General William Westmoreland, Superintendent at West Point, with University of Buffalo Chancellor Clifford C. Furnas at the Army / Buffalo football game at West Point, N.Y. on September 17, 1960.

On September 17, 1960, the University at Buffalo started its 1960 season against Army in West Point’s Michie Stadium.

Buffalo’s entire football squad, 45 men and the coaching staff, departed by plane to Poughkeepsie, N.Y. the day before after a rousing sendoff by U.B. students. More than 5,000 Buffalo supporters made the trip to West Point.

At the time, the Army Black Knights were considered a “major” football team while Buffalo was not. Buffalo’s head coach Dick Offenhamer was quoted in the newspapers as saying:

Army is a major football team. We are not. Army is a completely experienced team. We are not. Army is used to topflight competition. We are not. But we definitely have the psychological edge. Army has nothing to gain and  everything to lose. We have nothing to lose and everything to gain. The boys realize they will be up against it but they’ll be bidding for a super upset – one that will be remembered in 1970.

The “upset of the decade” never materialized as Buffalo was outclassed 37-0. (see “Army Marches to 37-0 Victory Over UB” Buffalo Courier-Express, 18 September 1960)

For more information on football at the University at Buffalo, visit the UB Sports History Collection website.


Army Marches to 37-0 Victory Over UB

Bulls Fold After Dominating Play In First Period

Buffalo halfback Skip Maue (#46) is tackled for a loss.

Buffalo halfback Skip Maue (#46) is tackled for a loss.

WEST POINT, Sept. 17 – If the University of Buffalo football team follows the advice contained in that old saw – “if you can’t lick ‘em, join ‘em” – tonight 45 broad-shouldered UB Bulls will be sworn into the United States Army.

This afternoon, before 15,250 fans in Michie Stadium, the Black Knights of Army opened their grid season with a 37-0 victory over UB. The defeat was the most decisive suffered by the Bulls since 1954, when they absorbed a 45-0 beating by Hobart. The loss also fractured a win streak for the Buffalonians, who wound up 1959 with a string of six victories.

The Bulls packed almost their entire offense into the first 13 minutes, actually outplaying the Cadets over that span. Then the expected happened. Dick Eckert, a sophomore from Carlisle, Pa., gathered in a UB punt on the Army 26 and, behind superlative blocking, went all the way – 74 yards. The rout was on.

For the balance of the first half – 16 minutes and 34 seconds – it was all Army. While the Cadets busied themselves producing three touchdowns and a field goal, UB managed to sneak in only 10 plays over this stretch.

Plays Backfire

And most of those 19 UB plays backfired. They included three intercepted passes, one fumble and four losing rushes. Army punched out two more touchdowns in the third quarter, building its lead to 37-0. The Bulls blanked the Cadets in the final quarter and came up with two plucky goal line stands in the last five minutes.

UB stopped Army on the 3. Then, after immediately losing possession on a fumble, again slammed the door on the Cadets. Roy Sommer, UB’s junior halfback from North Tonawanda, choked the final Army threat with crushing tackles on the last two plays.

The UB line turned in a fine performance. The trenchmen yielded only two touchdowns by rushes. Both were scored on short plunges. The key figures in the UB line were Joe Shifflet and center Lu Lodestro. Phil Bamford, UB tackle, suffered a mild concussion as he made the tackle on the second half kickoff. He sat out the rest of the game.

Army rolled up a total offense of 397 yards – 263 on the ground and 134 through the air. The Bulls were limited to 21 yards rushing and 57 passing. The UB passers, Gordon Bukaty and Joe Oliverio, completed 8 of 21 pitches. UB never penetrated Army territory. Midway through the first quarter the Bulls were in possession exactly on the midfield stripe, a short Bukaty to Bill Selent pass put them there, but the Bulls were forced to punt on the next play.

George Kirschenbauer and Jim Connors were Army’s leading rushers. Kirschenbauer picked up 59 yards in 8 carries and Connors made 50 in 8. Sommer led UB with 10 yards in one rush. Coach Dick Offenhamer’s athletes had more than 5,000 Buffalo enthusiasts in a gay mood for those first 13 1/2 minutes. Then Eckert turned the tide with his brilliant 74-yard punt return

Eckert twisted out of arms of the first two UB defenders, picked up a host of  blockers, cut sharply to his left and, after almost losing his footing on the UB 45, raced for the touchdown. Frank Blanda’s conversion attempt was blocked.

Six minutes later Army scored again. Army center George Joulan set the stage with a fumble recovery on the UB 15. The Cadets scored in three plays. Al Rushatz slamming across the 4. Blanda passed to Glen Adams for a two-point conversion.

Cadets Click Again

With five minutes left in the first half, Army ran the score to 21-0. This time the Cadets marched 44 yards in seven plays. The key maneuver was an Eckert-Paul Stanley pass, good for 23 yards. Connors got the final two yards on a right sweep. Blanda converted.

Army won a race with the clock and notched three more point before intermission. Blanda accounted for these with a 15-yard field goal. The halftime gun sounded with Blanda’s three-point boot in the air.

Another long punt return—this one a 71-yarder by Adams – gave Army its fourth touchdown early in the third period. Adams made it look easy, breaking into the clear almost immediately and outracing the UB defenders.

The Cadets made it 37-0 with another touchdown on their next series. They moved 44 yards in seven plays. The touchdown came on a 16-yard pass play, Blanda to Kirschenbauer. That Army touchdown was posted with 21 minutes left in the game. Cadet partisans now were predicting a 50 to 60- point victory. But the Bulls dug in and kept Army off the scoreboard the rest of the afternoon.

Buffalo Courier-Express, September 18, 1960

Texas Tech vs. Duquesne in Buffalo, NY

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Texas Tech in Dramatic Win Over DuquesneOn Saturday, August 30, 2014, the U.B. Bulls take on the Duquesne Dukes football team at UB Stadium.  The Duquesne Dukes football program currently competes in the NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision. But from 1933 to 1942, Duquesne was among the elite college football teams in the United States.

In fact, on Friday, September 30, 1938, Texas Tech came to Buffalo to play Duquesne at the then recently opened Buffalo Civic Stadium.  The game was originally scheduled to be played in Pittsburgh, PA but was shifted to Buffalo, NY because it was thought that the city of Pittsburgh would be consumed with World Series fever in late September with the Pirates on the verge of winning the National League pennant.

Over 12,000 college football fans watched Texas Tech come back in the second half to nip Duquesne University 7 to 6.  Several interesting facts about the event include:

Aviation History - Texas Tech made the 2,000-mile journey from Lubbock, TX to Buffalo, NY by airplane. It was the first time a football team relied exclusively on air transportation.

First Night Game – It was the first college football game played under the newly installed lights at Civic Stadium.

Stadium Dedicated – The Buffalo Civic Stadium was formally dedicated before the game.


For more information on football in Buffalo, consult the Buffalo Evening News and visit the UB Sports History Collection website.

Bob Holmes of Texas Tech runs for 15 yards in Buffalo, NY. Regis Lhoest - guard for the Duquesne University. Geno Onder of Duquesne is tackled in Buffalo, NY.

Texas Tech vs. Duquesne University in Buffalo, NY at Civic Stadium on September 30, 1938

Babe Ruth Returns to Buffalo – August 26, 1914

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1914 Providence Grays with Babe Ruth100 Years Ago

On August 26, 1914, Babe Ruth returned to Buffalo, NY with the Providence Grays to pitch against the Buffalo Bisons of the International League.

The Buffalo Bisons defeated 19 year old Babe Ruth and the Grays, 8 to 2. (see “Babe Ruth Hoodoo Rudely Shattered by Hitting Herd” Buffalo Courier, 27 August 1914.)

Buffalo faced Ruth earlier in the season, including their home opener, when he was a pitcher with the Baltimore Orioles before he was sold to the Boston Red Sox. Ruth was sent down to the minor league Providence Grays on August 18, 1914.

Future Yankees manager Joe McCarthy, 27 years old and playing second base for the Bisons, hit a triple off of Babe Ruth who he would manage 17 years later with New York.

For more information on baseball in Buffalo, consult the Buffalo Evening News and visit the UB Sports History Collection website.


“Flash” Gilhooley Leads Onslaught and Clams Help by Tossing Ball Around – In His Best Form.


Down from the lofty pedestal upon which he has roosted majestically all summer long, the puissant Bambino Ruth, Oriole and Red Sox that was, Providence Clamdigger that is, and Lord knows what that will be, toppled and fell yesterday when Gilhooley, Vaughn et al. slammed aforesaid pedestal out from under him with their bats. Score, 8 to 2.

This made it three out of four for the Bisons in the “serious” with Wild Wilyum Donovan’s first place inhabitants. Apparently the pennant bee in Bill Clymer’s bonnet is making honey.

It stands in the books that for a long, long time. Bambino Ruth, big for his size, and young for his age, has been one terrible hoodoo for the herd. In fact, any time Jack Dunn in the days when he had a ball team, wanted to beat the Bisons on festive occasions like opening day, he just sent Babe Ruth into pitch. When Dunn while converting his valuable assets into cash sold the Bambino to the Boston Americans, there was joy in the Bison camp. When J. J. Lannin, owner of the Red Sox bought the Grays and sent Babe Ruth to help Wild Wilyum Donovan cop the pennant, the Bisons made up their minds to break the hoodoo or bust and they did—break the hoodoo.

‘Twas Not Babe’s Day.

Eleven times they tapped the pill safely on Big Babe, starting in at the third inning with four in a row, including a double by Flash Gilhooley and a triple by Joe McCarthy, that settled the spell the name of Babe Ruth held for the Ferry Streeters. From then on they treated him like an ordinary pitcher, until the one run lead of the Grays faded into innocuous nothingness.

The Clamdiggers proved to be a different brand of teammates for Babe than the Orioles were. To add to the worries of Babe’s young life they threw the ball in untamed fashion until the Big Bambino got the fever himself and contribute in a wild heave that cost a run when he allowed Gilhooley to get to first on a walk, deciding that a base on balls was cheaper than a two or three-bagger. In trying to catch the Flash off first the Big Bambino heaved through Ed Onslow’s legs toward the cash customers, and Gil scrambled to third. Vaughn worked the Big Bambino for a pass and as everyone fully expected and anticipated started to steal second. Likewise Gil started for home. Jack Onslow, foolish youth that he sometimes be, pegged the ball to Dave Shean to head off Bobby, and Shean threw back to stop Gilhooley. It looked as if Flash were caught, but he bobbed around and finally as Patrick Bauman threw the ball to Onslow, Gil made a dive over the catcher’s hip and landed safely on the plate before he could be tagged.

Clean Hitting Wins it.

But long before the wild heaving started the Bisons had sewed the game up on clean, unpolluted walloping begun by that famous beginner of things doing, Frank Gilhooley. He slammed for two bags. Bobby Vaughn followed with a bunt too difficult for the Big Bambino to handle and Gil of course went to third. Channell sent a grounder to Shean, and the great shrimp started for home, but the ball go there first and here Gil displayed an abundant, supply of that rare commodity known as baseball brains (plural). Instead of rushing in and being tagged he checked himself and went back. Then with the whole Providence infield lined up fore and aft he bobbed back and forth twixt third and home until Vaughn was safely on third and Channell on second. Then, he submitted to being tagged.

And then along came Lehr – King Lehr, recently sent out of Ann Arbor, Mich., with a helpmeet and the degree of bachelor of laws from the venerable Prexy Angell’s knowledge shop located one mile from Joe Parker’s and the Orient. King popped up in a Bison uniform without warning, which is just like Bill Clymer. Some day he’ll get Walter Johnson, Larry Cheney, Dave Robertson and Maranville in exchange for Gilhooley and Vaughn and say nothing about it. King hasn’t been seen in a Bison uniform this year. He was sold to the Skeeters while getting measured for his cap and gown in a deal that brought Jimmy Eschen and Verbout to Buffalo. The Bisons came home from the last trip without Eschen and Verbout, who have been sent back to the Skeeters.

When Roxey Beach was given a rest for his share in Monday’s mixup, a hurry call was sent for King Lehr and here he is with us. He started to play first base but when Carlstrom was taken ill, he was shifted to third and Long George McConnell was pressed into service as a first-sacker.

Beebe Good All the Way

Anyway, King came along at this stage of the proceedings and showed what a highly useful member of the bunch he could be by uncorking a single that brought the Great Shrimp and Vaughn home. Joe McCarthy’s triple scored Lehr.

So things went on with Babe Ruth’s greatness’ dwindling steadily as the game progressed. By the time it was over there wasn’t much left of the Big Bambino’s bigness.

Throughout the bombardment Fred Beebe pitched a steady article that gave the Gray’s little chance of staging any thing like a comeback. Three of the eight hits they got off Fred came in the fifth inning and totaled only one run. The support was with him all the time. Vaughn starring with red hot stops and throws.

Buffalo Courier, August 27, 1914