Football defeated by No. 20 Alfred University in Empire 8 matchup, 21-3

Buffalo State head coach Jerry Boyes believes the winner of the turnover battle usually wins the game.

That was proven correct Saturday afternoon as the Alfred Saxons won the turnover battle and the game 21-3, snapping Buffalo State’s previously flawless record.

Alfred quarterback Casey Boston connected with Jayden Gavidia for a touchdown, capping off an 11 play 74-yard drive, breaking the scoring drought with less than two minutes remaining in the first half to make the score 7-0.

The Bengals answered back as Justin Simoncelli kicked a 28-yard field goal to end a 9 play, 64-yard drive to end the half, 7-3.

Boston showed he is a dual-threat at the quarterback position as he ran for a 4-yard touchdown seconds into the fourth quarter putting the Saxons up 14-3.

The Saxons finished the game off when Boston once again found Gavidia for a 24-yard touchdown.

Boston went 12 for 17 for 152 yards two touchdowns had one interception in the win.

Buffalo State had four trips to the red zone but was only able to cash in one on a field goal compared to the Saxons hitting pay dirt on three of their four red zone appearances.

Kyle Hoppy went 14 for 23 for 200 yards had two interceptions in the losing effort.

The Bengals offensive line struggled as the backfield only rushed for 100 yards. Alfred nearly doubled that with 198 rushing yards.

Buffalo State will host the Cortland Dragons in another Empire 8 matchup on Saturday at 12 p.m.