Buffalo Defeats Bowling Green, 20-17

Updated 9/23/2000
AMHERST, N.Y. (AP) (Sept. 23, 2000) -- A 27-yard run by Marquis Dwarte with 1:27 left in the fourth quarter lifted the Buffalo Bulls to a 20-17 win over Bowling Green Sept. 23.

The win snapped an 18-game losing streak for Buffalo (1-3 overall, 1-0 MAC). Buffalo last won in a 47-0 victory over Division I-AA Canisius in 1998.

"There was a lot of joy and celebration in the locker room," Buffalo coach Craig Cirbus said. "It was time for our kids to win."

Buffalo, which recently returned to Division I-A, had not defeated a Division I-A foe since a 16-0 win over Holy Cross in 1970. Bowling Green, which entered the game as a 21-point favorite, fell to 0-4 overall and 0-1 in the MAC.

Dwarte's TD capped a seven-play, 80-yard drive that consumed 2:04.

"Once I got around the corner, I turned it on and didn't stop until I reached the end zone," Dwarte said of his first career TD.

Buffalo quarterback Joe Freedy was 24-of-38 for 183 yards and two touchdowns, but was also intercepted twice. Both interceptions led to Bowling Green touchdowns.

After Buffalo had taken a 7-0 lead after one quarter on a 2-yard pass from Freedy to Chad, John Gibson scored on a 2-yard run before Andy Sahm scored on a 1-yard quarterback sneak.

Buffalo cut the deficit to 14-13 later in the quarter on a 3-yard pass from Freedy to Andre Forde, but Scott Keller's extra-point attempt was wide left.

Mike Knapp connected on a 32-yard field goal with 13:22 left gave Bowling Green a 17-13 lead, but the Bulls rallied to end their victory drought.

The Bulls sacked Ricky Schneider twice on Bowling Green's position to seal the win.