Buffalo Loses To Connecticut, 24-21

Updated 10/31/1970

Associated Press Writer

Connecticut wide receiver Cliff Hill is caught by Buffalo defensive back Craig Rohlfs after catching a pass over the middle.
(AP Photo/Don Heupel)
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP)(Sept. 16) - Ryan Small ran for 137 yards and a touchdown as Connecticut hung on to beat Buffalo 24-21 Sept. 16.

The Bulls almost orchestrated a remarkable comeback, as Buffalo's Jevunt Pratt tipped two Adam Coles punts in the final four minutes, one leading to Andre Forde's three-yard touchdown reception. But the game ended when Scott Keller missed a 58-yard field goal as time ran out.

Trailing 13-10, UConn went ahead for good when Ryan Tracey hit John Fitzimmons for a 22-yard touchdown pass in the third quarter.

Small's two-yard touchdown run, set up by Jamie Lenkaitis' interception, stood up as the game-winnner, giving the Huskies a 24-13 lead with 9:18 left.

Tracey finished 20-for-37 for 199 yards and two touchdowns, while Tommy Collins caught a six-yard touchdown pass for UConn (2-1).

Forde scored both touchdowns for Buffalo and finished with 95 yards on six catches. Freedy finished 26-for-40 for a career-high 259 yards, two touchdowns and an interception.

Outscored 122-7 in their first two games this year, Buffalo finally showed up in the first half, building a 13-10 lead on Forde's 38-yard touchdown reception and two Keller field goals.

The Bulls, outscored 124-28 in their last four meetings against UConn, also scored their first points against the Huskies in more than three games. Keller's 20-yard field goal tied the game 3-3 with 3:36 left in the first quarter, ending Buffalo's scoring drought at 188 minutes and 41 seconds.

Buffalo's last win over a Division I-A opponent came Oct. 31, 1970 against Holy Cross. The Bulls last win of any kind came Oct. 17, 1998 against crosstown rival Canisius.