Bengals stifle Finlandia, win third-straight


Dave DeLuca

Tre Jones ran for 94 yards on seven carries and added two touchdowns in a 62-0 win over Finlandia today.

Tony Callens, Staff Writer

Buffalo State gained 553 yards of total offense while allowing just 24 yards, a school record, to race to a 62-0 win against Finlandia today at Coyer Field.

The 62 points recorded by the Bengals is the second most points scored in school history and also the second largest margin of victory in school history.

The Buffalo State defense recorded their second shutout of the season on the back of eight sacks and two turnovers. The Lions were stifled all day and recorded -32 yards on the ground while gaining 56 yards through the air.

Cornerback Rey Jordan led the defense with two interceptions that he returned for touchdowns, the first time that had been done by a player in any game in program history.

The Bengals run game was effective all day. The offense gained 335 yards rushing and collectively scored five touchdowns. Running back Tre Jones led the way in the first half with seven carries for 94 yards and two scores.

Buffalo State got things started right away and took the opening drive down the field. The nine play, 62-yard drive was capped off by a 2-yard touchdown run by Jones.

The Lions forced an early turnover and started their possession in Buffalo State territory but were unable to capitalize, turning the ball over on downs.

On the first play of the next drive, Jones took a sweep from a wildcat formation to the house for a 69-yard touchdown scamper to take an early 14-0 lead.

Quarterback Aaron Ertel only completed five passes on 10 attempts for 147 yards on the day, but connected with receiver Billy Joiner for a 65-yard gain on the next Bengals possession. Running back Dale Stewart finished the quick drive with a 3-yard touchdown to make it 21-0.

Joiner led Buffalo State in receiving with three catches for 93 yards while only playing in the first half, while Stewart finished the day with four carries for 59 yards and a touchdown.

The Bengals put up 353 yards of offense in the first half while allowing just 12 yards and the teams headed to halftime with the score 35-0 in favor of the Bengals.

The Finlandia defense showed some promise, causing some Buffalo State turnovers, but ultimately couldn’t find consistency and couldn’t overcome the deficit.

Because of the score, rather than risk injury Buffalo State played their backups in the second half. Running back Antoine Holloman came into the game and ran for 107 yards on nine carries and scored a touchdown. Dan Serignese and Jason Saul made appearances at quarterback for the Bengals but only attempted a combined eight passes.

Jordan grabbed his second pick six of the game, kicker Marc Montana kicked two field goals and converted fullback Eric Schiffman scored a touchdown on a 13-yard run to round out the scoring at 62-0.

With the convincing victory, Buffalo State improves to 4-2, winning their third-straight, while Finlandia, in just their first year with a football program, falls to 1-6 on the season.

The Bengals resume Empire 8 play next week and will look for a measure of revenge when they travel to Utica next Saturday for a 2 p.m. matchup following last season’s 31-21 defeat.