GAME #9: Plymouth State University (3-5) at Buffalo State College (2-4)
Saturday, Oct. 29, 2005, 1:00 p.m., Coyer Field, Buffalo, N.Y.
PLYMOUTH, N.H. – A week after traveling to Bangor, Maine, for a game, the Plymouth State University football team journeys to western New York this weekend for a non-conference contest at Buffalo State College.
The Panthers and Bengals will kick off at 1:00 p.m. Saturday at Buffalo State’s Coyer Field. Plymouth State, 3-5, pulled out a 21-19 victory over Husson College on the trip to Maine, and is hoping to carry momentum from that win into this week’s game. Buffalo State, 2-4, is also looking for its second straight win after blanking Newport News (Va.) Apprentice School last Saturday, 27-0, in an Atlantic Central Football Conference encounter.
Plymouth State picked up its first road win in four years at Husson. Sophomore John DeMarco (Milford, N.H.) rushed for 107 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Panthers. DeMarco is the team’s second-leading rusher with 226 yards and tied with sophomore TE Adam Long (Plymouth, Mass.) as the team’s leading receivers with 20 catches apiece. Senior DE Pat Quinlan (Saugus, Mass.) made five tackles and blocked two Husson extra point attempts, which ended up being the margin of victory. Quinlan was named ECAC Division III Northeast Defensive Player of the Week and earned a spot of the D3football.com Team of the Week. Junior LB Tim Butler (Concord, Mass.) collected a team-high eight tackles for the Panther defense while also breaking up a pass and blocking a punt.
Buffalo State, a member of the ACFC with Newport News, Brockport State (N.Y.), Frostburg State (Md.), Salisbury (Md.) and Wesley (Del.), has played a particularly tough schedule this fall. The Bengals’ four losses have come to teams that are currently a combined 23-6 (Ithaca, Wesley, Frostburg, and Salisbury), three of which were on the road. The other Bengal victory was at Cortland, which is currently 5-2. Buffalo State finished 4-6 overall and 2-3 in the ACFC last season.
Saturday’s game will be the third in the career series between Plymouth State and Buffalo State, with the Bengals winning the first two. Buff State pulled out a dramatic 21-17 victory in the 1997 ECAC Northwest Championship game in snowy Buffalo, and blanked the Panthers 26-0 in a regular season game last year at Currier Field.
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