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Buffalo Bulls
2014 Buffalo Bulls football team
University at Buffalo Interlocking UB logo.svg
First season 1894 (1894)
Athletic director Danny White
Head coach Jeff Quinn
4th year, 17–32 (.347)
Other staff Lou Tepper
Alex Wood
Home stadium UB Stadium
Stadium capacity 30,000
Stadium surface Momentum Turf
Location Amherst, NY
League NCAA Division I (FBS)
Conference Mid-American Conference
Division East
All-time record 360–478–28 (.432)
Postseason bowl record 0–2 (.000)
Claimed national titles 0
Conference titles 1 (2008)
Division titles 2 (2007, 2008)
Heisman winners 0
Current uniform
MAC-Uniform-UB.png
Colors

Blue and White

          
Fight song Victory March
Mascot Victor E. Bull
Marching band Thunder of the East
Rivals Army Black Knights
Bowling Green Falcons
Kent State Golden Flashes
Miami RedHawks
Syracuse Orange
Temple Owls
Website BuffaloBulls.com
For information on all University at Buffalo sports, see Buffalo Bulls.
Victor E. Bull, Buffalo Bulls Mascot, November 5, 2013

The Buffalo Bulls football program is the intercollegiate American football team for the University at Buffalo located in the U.S. state of New York. The team competes at the NCAA Division I level in the Football Bowl Subdivision and is a member of the Mid-American Conference. Buffalo's first football team was fielded in 1894. The team plays its home games at the 31,000 seat UB Stadium on University at Buffalo's north campus in Amherst, New York. The Bulls are coached by Jeff Quinn.[1]

History[edit]

UB's first run with football started in 1894 and lasted until 1970, when the football program was suspended due to the student body's vote to stop funding the program. The football program was reintroduced in 1977. When reintroduced, the team played in Division III level football until 1992. In 1993, the school made the jump to Division I-AA. In 1999, the Bulls moved up again to Division I-A Bowl Subdivision level football.

The early years: 1894–1903[edit]

In 1894, UB established an athletics association and fourteen UB Medical students formed the first UB football team.[2] By 1896, they were a local force in Western New York football playing collegiate and club teams and finishing the season with an impressive 9-1-2 record.[3] In 1897, C. W. Dibble coached UB to a perfect 7-0-0 record beating Syracuse twice.[4] In 1899, Bemus Pierce coached UB to a 6-0 record.[5] In 1900, Buffalo beat Penn State 10-0.[6] In 1901, former player James B. “Turk” Gordon coached the UB team to a 4-2 record.[7] In 1903, Ray Turnbull led the UB team to a 3-3 record.[8] After the 1903 season, UB would not again put a team on the field until 1915.[9]

The UB Bisons: 1915–1930[edit]

In 1915, UB re-established the football program and officially instituted men's basketball. Both teams were named the 'Bisons' and used as their logo a caricature of a male American bison, often outfitted in a UB jersey. Frank Mount Pleasant was called on to coach the football team but was replaced the following season after a 3-4 record. Art Powell would take over in 1916 and coach the team for six seasons (13-22-5). In 1920, UB would start playing on what would eventually be called Rotary Field.[10] UB would go through two coaches in a span of two years – 'Dim' Batterson[11] in 1922 and James Bond in 1923 – before Russ Carrick would take over, serving five seasons despite winning only five games (while losing 30 and garnering two ties). The team would last be known as the Bisons under the command of Jay "Biffy" Lee, who coached for two seasons (until 1930), leading UB to an 8-7 record.

Welcome the Bulls: 1930–1942[edit]

In 1931, the University changed its mascot to the Bulls in order to distinguish UB from professional teams in the Queen City. The Bulls played every year until the outbreak of World War II mainly under the coaching guidance of Jim Peelle who was at the helm from 1935-1942 and would lead the Bulls to a 38-34-1 record including a 6-2 season in 1942.

Post-World War II: 1946–1954[edit]

After World War II, UB again took to the grid-iron under Jim Peelle, who led UB in two impressive seasons of 7-2 (1946) and 8-1 (1947), but were not selected to a bowl in either season. The program was next taken over by Frank Clair, who coached for two seasons, leaving with an impressive mark of 12-4-1. The following season represented one of the low points for UB when, under the guidance of coach Fritz Febel, UB won only four games in three years with an overall record of 4-19-1.

Offenhamer era: 1955-1965[edit]

If the Febel season can be seen as one of the low points in UB football history, then Dick Offenhamer brought in UB's most successful era when from 1955 to 1965, he would coach UB to an impressive 58-37-5 record. In 1958, the football team won the Lambert Cup, emblematic of supremacy in Eastern U.S. small-college football. That led to the team's first bowl invitation, to the Tangerine Bowl in Orlando, Florida against Florida State University. However, the Orlando Elks Lodge, the bowl's sponsor, told the Bulls that they would be allowed to participate only if back-up defensive end Mike Wilson and starting halfback Willie Evans, who were black, did not play. Despite protests from the Elks Lodge,the local high school association, which operated the stadium, refused to rescind its rule against integrated events. The team stood behind the two, and unanimously refused the bowl offer. The team was profiled on ESPN's Outside the Lines in 2008.[12] Buffalo would not be invited to or be bowl-eligible for another 50 years.

Several UB football stars from the Offenhamer years went on to have careers in professional football, including quarterback John Stofa with the American Football League's Miami Dolphins and Cincinnati Bengals, and defensive lineman Gerry Philbin with the AFL's New York Jets, and Buddy Ryan who was on Offenhamer staff as the defensive line coach.[13] Philbin is a member of the AFL Hall of Fame and the All-time All-AFL Team. Philbin and UB's Willie Ross were the first two UB graduates to play on professional football championship teams: Ross with the 1964 AFL Champion Buffalo Bills; and Philbin with the 1968 AFL Champion New York Jets, who went on to win Super Bowl III. They have been followed by Ramon Guzman who played on two Grey Cup Championship teams with the Montreal Alouettes and James Starks with the Super Bowl XLV champion Green Bay Packers.

Out with a whimper: 1965-1970[edit]

Following the departure of Offenhamer in 1965, UB would last only five more years before suspending football in 1970. There was some success under coach Doc Urich, who led UB to an 18-12 record over three years, but declining performance under his successor, Bob Deming (19691970) and financial issues would cause UB to suspend its football program. The main reason that football was dropped was that the student body voted to stop funding the team. At the time athletics at UB were fully funded by student fees. It would be seven years until UB would again take the field.

Division III football: 1977-1992[edit]

Buffalo Bulls vs. Canisius at UB, October 1991

In 1977 UB began playing football at the Division III level under Coach Bill Dando, who would be the Bulls' longest serving coach, lasting thirteen years. UB had moderate success during his tenure, and he retired after the 1989 season. Sam Sanders would take over, but lasted only two seasons. His coaching career ended because of medical issues and Jim Ward was promoted because of a New York State hiring freeze and ushered in UB's return to Division I football. In 1986 the Bulls upset Villanova for their biggest win of the season. Douglas Engel was named Freshman Defensive player of the year (1986–87)

Division I-AA (FCS): 1993-1998[edit]

UB's return to Division I football started in Division I-AA (known today as the Football Championship Subdivision). UB would have only one winning season during their time in I-AA. Under Coach Craig Cirbus, UB would go 8-3 in 1996. This would be UB's last season at or above .500 for a dozen years.

1999-2005: return to Division I-A (Football Bowl Subdivision)[edit]

Drew Willy scrambles against Bowling Green in 2005.

In 1999 UB joined the Mid-American Conference in Division I-A (Football Bowl Subdivision) football. They retained their head coach from their I-AA seasons, Craig Cirbus. After a few years of dismal results, the team hired Jim Hofher, a former head coach at Division I-AA Cornell University to be the head coach. However, Hofher's teams were marked by poor discipline and lack of effort, and won only eight games during his five seasons at UB. Buffalo won only 10 games and lost 69 during this seven-year period, the second-worst record in the Football Bowl Subdivision during that time. A 2002 win on the road over Rutgers was their only win against a BCS team until 2013.

2006-2009: Turner Gill era[edit]

In early December 2005, Hofher was replaced by Green Bay Packers assistant coach and former Heisman Trophy candidate Turner Gill. The former University of Nebraska quarterback led the program in a remarkable turnaround, helping the team to a 5-7 (5-3 MAC East divisional co-champions) in 2007, their best season since the school joined the MAC.

On November 21, 2008, the Buffalo Bulls won their first outright MAC Eastern Division Championship, sealing the win with a thrilling 2-OT victory over Bowling Green, 40-34. Down 27-7 at the beginning of the 4th quarter, the Bulls stormed back to tie the game at 27 and force it into overtime. In the second OT, running back James Starks ran 25 yards on the first play for a touchdown and a Bulls win. The quarterback coach for Bowling Green that day was former UB head coach Jim Hofher.

Following a loss to Kent State that broke a five-game winning streak for Buffalo, the Bulls entered the conference title game at 7-5, while MAC West champion Ball State was an unblemished 12-0. However, on December 5, at Ford Field in Detroit, Buffalo's defense returned two fumbles for touchdowns and the Bulls defeated the Cardinals, 42-24, to become Mid-American Conference champions for 2008. Their successful season earned the Bulls an invitation to the International Bowl in Toronto, Ontario to face Connecticut. The Bulls went on to lose that game to UConn by a score of 38-20.

2009 would not be as successful as Starks was lost before the season even started to a shoulder injury. The offense also struggled without four-year starting quarterback Drew Willy as new quarterback Zach Maynard had an up-and-down season as UB finished 5-7. After the season, Gill left to become head coach of Kansas.

2010-present: Jeff Quinn era[edit]

On December 20, 2009, it was first reported that Jeff Quinn would be the new head coach. He took over after coaching Cincinnati in the 2010 Sugar Bowl. In Quinn's first season as coach, he was unable to build upon Gill's success as UB finished the season 2-10. Over the subsequent two seasons he amassed a record of 7-17.

The Bulls entered the 2013 season with low hopes. These were accentuated with season-opening losses to #4 Ohio State and #23 Baylor, 20-40 and 13-70, as they started the season 0-2. However, after a quintuple overtime 26-23 victory against Stony Brook in week 3, the team surged to 7 straight wins, including a 41-12 victory over Connecticut at UB Stadium on September 28, their first win against a BCS opponent since 2002, and clenched bowl eligibility for just the third time in team history with a 41-21 victory at Kent State on October 26. The 7 game winning streak was the longest winning streak in Bulls team history, and ended with a 41-51 loss at the Glass Dome to Toledo on November 12. The team finished the regular season 8-4, and finished in second place in the conference. The team ultimately went on to play in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl against San Diego State, losing the game 24-49. The team finished with an overall record of 8-5.

Notable former players[edit]

Notable alumni include:

Current NFL players[edit]

Buffalo Bulls in the NFL
NFL Draft selections
Total selected: 9
First picks in draft: 0
1st Round: 1
NFL achievements
Hall of Famers: 0
Pro Bowlers 0
Name Position Current Team
Brim, DerekDerek Brim Safety Buffalo Bills
Mack, KhalilKhalil Mack Linebacker Oakland Raiders
Means, StevenSteven Means Defensive End Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Neutz, AlexAlex Neutz Wide Receiver Cincinnati Bengals
Oliver, BrandenBranden Oliver Running Back San Diego Chargers
Roosevelt, NaamanNaaman Roosevelt Wide Receiver Buffalo Bills
Schum, JakeJake Schum Punter New York Jets
Scott, TrevorTrevor Scott Defensive End Chicago Bears
Starks, JamesJames Starks Running Back Green Bay Packers
Thomas, JoshJosh Thomas Cornerback Seattle Seahawks
Way, ColbyColby Way Defensive Tackle Buffalo Bills

Year-by-year results[edit]

Statistics correct as of the end of the 2013-14 college football season
NCAA Division I champions Conference Champions Division Champions Bowl Eligible Undefeated Season
Year NCAA Division Conference Conference Division Overall Conference Coach Final Ranking
Games Win Loss Tie Pct. Games Win Loss Tie Pct. Standing AP Coaches'
1894 N/A Independent N/A 2 0 1 1 .250 0 0 0 0 .000 N/A No Coach - -
1895 N/A Independent N/A 2 0 1 1 .250 0 0 0 0 .000 N/A No Coach - -
1896 N/A Independent N/A 3 1 0 2 .667 0 0 0 0 .000 N/A Fred D. Townsend - -
1897 N/A Independent N/A 7 7 0 0 1.000 0 0 0 0 .000 N/A C.W. Dibble - -
1898 N/A Independent N/A 5 4 1 0 .800 0 0 0 0 .000 N/A No Coach - -
1899 N/A Independent N/A 8 7 1 0 .875 0 0 0 0 .000 N/A Bemus Pierce - -
1900 N/A Independent N/A 4 1 1 2 .500 0 0 0 0 .000 N/A No Coach - -
1901 N/A Independent N/A 6 4 2 0 .667 0 0 0 0 .000 N/A James B. “Turk” Gordon - -
1902 N/A Independent N/A 7 2 4 1 .357 0 0 0 0 .000 N/A No Coach - -
1903 N/A Independent N/A 6 3 3 0 .500 0 0 0 0 .000 N/A Ray Turnbull - -
1904 No team
1905 No team
1906 No team
1907 No team
1908 No team
1909 No team
1910 No team
1911 No team
1912 No team
1913 No team
1914 No team
1915 N/A Independent N/A 7 3 4 0 .429 0 0 0 0 .000 N/A Frank Mt. Pleasant - -
1916 N/A Independent N/A 10 3 5 2 .400 0 0 0 0 .000 N/A Art Powell - -
1917 N/A Independent N/A 8 4 4 0 .500 0 0 0 0 .000 N/A Art Powell - -
1918 N/A Independent N/A 4 3 1 0 .750 0 0 0 0 .000 N/A Art Powell - -
1919 N/A Independent N/A 6 0 5 1 .083 0 0 0 0 .000 N/A Art Powell - -
1920 N/A Independent N/A 5 1 4 0 .200 0 0 0 0 .000 N/A Art Powell - -
1921 N/A Independent N/A 7 2 3 2 .429 0 0 0 0 .000 N/A Art Powell - -
1922 N/A Independent N/A 6 1 5 0 .167 0 0 0 0 .000 N/A George "Dim" Batterson - -
1923 N/A Independent N/A 8 2 5 1 .313 0 0 0 0 .000 N/A James Bond - -
1924 N/A Independent N/A 8 1 7 0 .125 0 0 0 0 .000 N/A Russ Carrick - -
1925 N/A Independent N/A 8 3 4 1 .438 0 0 0 0 .000 N/A Russ Carrick - -
1926 N/A New York State Conference N/A 7 0 7 0 .000 0 0 0 0 .000 N/A Russ Carrick - -
1927 N/A New York State Conference N/A 7 0 6 1 .071 0 0 0 0 .000 N/A Russ Carrick - -
1928 N/A New York State Conference N/A 7 1 6 0 .143 0 0 0 0 .000 N/A Russ Carrick - -
1929 N/A New York State Conference N/A 7 5 2 0 .714 0 0 0 0 .000 N/A Jay "Biffy" Lee - -
1930 N/A New York State Conference N/A 8 3 5 0 .375 0 0 0 0 .000 N/A Jay "Biffy" Lee - -
1931 N/A New York State Conference N/A 8 2 6 0 .250 0 0 0 0 .000 N/A Bill Pritchard - -
1932 N/A New York State Conference N/A 7 1 5 1 .214 0 0 0 0 .000 N/A Jim Wilson - -
1933 N/A New York State Conference N/A 7 2 3 2 .429 0 0 0 0 .000 N/A Jim Wilson - -
1934 N/A New York State Conference N/A 7 2 4 1 .357 0 0 0 0 .000 N/A George Van Bibber - -
1935 N/A Independent N/A 8 2 6 0 .250 0 0 0 0 .000 N/A George Van Bibber - -
1936 N/A Independent N/A 8 5 3 0 .625 0 0 0 0 .000 N/A Jim Peelle - -
1937 N/A Independent N/A 8 4 4 0 .500 0 0 0 0 .000 N/A Jim Peelle - -
1938 N/A Independent N/A 8 2 6 0 .250 0 0 0 0 .000 N/A Jim Peelle - -
1939 N/A Independent N/A 7 0 7 0 .000 0 0 0 0 .000 N/A Jim Peelle - -
1940 N/A Independent N/A 8 3 5 0 .375 0 0 0 0 .000 N/A Jim Peelle - -
1941 N/A Independent N/A 8 3 4 1 .438 0 0 0 0 .000 N/A Jim Peelle - -
1942 N/A Independent N/A 8 6 2 0 .750 0 0 0 0 .000 N/A Jim Peelle - -
1943 No team Due To World War II
1944 No team Due To World War II
1945 No team Due To World War II
1946 N/A Independent N/A 9 7 2 0 .778 0 0 0 0 .000 N/A Jim Peelle - -
1947 N/A Independent N/A 9 8 1 0 .889 0 0 0 0 .000 N/A Jim Peelle - -
1948 N/A Independent N/A 8 6 1 1 .813 0 0 0 0 .000 N/A Frank Clair - -
1949 N/A Independent N/A 9 6 3 0 .667 0 0 0 0 .000 N/A Frank Clair - -
1950 N/A Independent N/A 8 5 3 0 .625 0 0 0 0 .000 N/A Jim Wilson - -
1951 N/A Independent N/A 8 4 4 0 .500 0 0 0 0 .000 N/A Jim Wilson - -
1952 N/A Independent N/A 8 1 7 0 .125 0 0 0 0 .000 N/A Friedrich "Fritz" Febel - -
1953 N/A Independent N/A 7 1 5 1 .214 0 0 0 0 .000 N/A Friedrich "Fritz" Febel - -
1954 N/A Independent N/A 9 2 7 0 .222 0 0 0 0 .000 N/A Friedrich "Fritz" Febel - -
1955 N/A Independent N/A 9 4 4 1 .500 0 0 0 0 .000 N/A Dick Offenhamer - -
1956 College Independent N/A 8 5 3 0 .625 0 0 0 0 .000 N/A Dick Offenhamer - -
1957 College Independent N/A 9 5 4 0 .556 0 0 0 0 .000 N/A Dick Offenhamer - -
1958 College Independent N/A 9 8 1 0 .889 0 0 0 0 .000 N/A Dick Offenhamer - -
1959 College Independent N/A 9 8 1 0 .889 0 0 0 0 .000 N/A Dick Offenhamer - -
1960 College Independent N/A 10 4 6 0 .400 0 0 0 0 .000 N/A Dick Offenhamer - -
1961 College Independent N/A 9 4 5 0 .444 0 0 0 0 .000 N/A Dick Offenhamer - -
1962 University Independent N/A 9 6 3 0 .667 0 0 0 0 .000 N/A Dick Offenhamer - -
1963 University Independent N/A 9 5 3 1 .611 0 0 0 0 .000 N/A Dick Offenhamer - -
1964 University Independent N/A 9 4 4 1 .500 0 0 0 0 .000 N/A Dick Offenhamer - -
1965 University Independent N/A 10 5 3 2 .600 0 0 0 0 .000 N/A Dick Offenhamer - -
1966 University Independent N/A 10 5 5 0 .500 0 0 0 0 .000 N/A Richard "Doc" Urich - -
1967 University Independent N/A 10 6 4 0 .600 0 0 0 0 .000 N/A Richard "Doc" Urich - -
1968 University Independent N/A 10 7 3 0 .700 0 0 0 0 .000 N/A Richard "Doc" Urich - -
1969 University Independent N/A 9 6 3 0 .667 0 0 0 0 .000 N/A Bob Deming - -
1970 University Independent N/A 11 2 9 0 .182 0 0 0 0 .000 N/A Bob Deming - -
1971 No team
1972 No team
1973 No team
1974 No team
1975 No team
1976 No team
1977 III Independent N/A 4 0 3 1 .125 0 0 0 0 .000 N/A Bill Dando - -
1978 III Division III Independent N/A 9 3 6 0 .333 0 0 0 0 .000 N/A Bill Dando - -
1979 III Division III Independent N/A 9 4 5 0 .444 0 0 0 0 .000 N/A Bill Dando - -
1980 III Division III Independent N/A 11 6 5 0 .545 0 0 0 0 .000 N/A Bill Dando - -
1981 III Division III Independent N/A 10 5 5 0 .500 0 0 0 0 .000 N/A Bill Dando - -
1982 III Division III Independent N/A 10 5 5 0 .500 0 0 0 0 .000 N/A Bill Dando - -
1983 III Division III Independent N/A 10 8 2 0 .800 0 0 0 0 .000 N/A Bill Dando - -
1984 III Division III Independent N/A 10 6 4 0 .600 0 0 0 0 .000 N/A Bill Dando - -
1985 III Division III Independent N/A 10 4 6 0 .400 0 0 0 0 .000 N/A Bill Dando - -
1986 III Division III Independent N/A 11 9 2 0 .818 0 0 0 0 .000 N/A Bill Dando - -
1987 III Division III Independent N/A 10 3 7 0 .300 0 0 0 0 .000 N/A Bill Dando - -
1988 III Division III Independent N/A 10 2 8 0 .200 0 0 0 0 .000 N/A Bill Dando - -
1989 III Division III Independent N/A 10 4 6 0 .400 0 0 0 0 .000 N/A Bill Dando - -
1990 III Division III Independent N/A 10 2 8 0 .200 0 0 0 0 .000 N/A Sam Sanders - -
1991 III Division III Independent N/A 10 3 7 0 .300 0 0 0 0 .000 N/A Sam Sanders - -
1992 III Division III Independent N/A 10 4 6 0 .400 0 0 0 0 .000 N/A Jim Ward - -
1993 I-AA Division I-AA Independent N/A 11 1 10 0 .091 0 0 0 0 .000 N/A Jim Ward - -
1994 I-AA Division I-AA Independent N/A 11 3 8 0 .273 0 0 0 0 .000 N/A Jim Ward - -
1995 I-AA Division I-AA Independent N/A 11 3 8 0 .273 0 0 0 0 .000 N/A Craig Cirbus - -
1996 I-AA Division I-AA Independent N/A 11 8 3 0 .727 0 0 0 0 .000 N/A Craig Cirbus - -
1997 I-AA Division I-AA Independent N/A 11 2 9 0 .182 0 0 0 0 .000 N/A Craig Cirbus - -
1998 I-AA Division I-AA Independent N/A 11 4 7 0 .364 0 0 0 0 .000 N/A Craig Cirbus - -
1999 I-A MAC East 11 0 11 0 .000 8 0 8 0 .000 7th (East) Craig Cirbus - -
2000 I-A MAC East 11 2 9 0 .182 8 2 6 0 .250 T-5th (East) Craig Cirbus - -
2001 I-A MAC East 11 3 8 0 .273 8 1 7 0 .125 T-6th (East) Jim Hofher - -
2002 I-A MAC East 12 1 11 0 .083 8 0 8 0 .000 7th (East) Jim Hofher - -
2003 I-A MAC East 12 1 11 0 .083 8 1 7 0 .125 T-6th (East) Jim Hofher - -
2004 I-A MAC East 11 2 9 0 .182 8 2 6 0 .250 T-5th (East) Jim Hofher - -
2005 I-A MAC East 11 1 10 0 .091 8 1 7 0 .125 5th (East) Jim Hofher - -
2006 FBS MAC East 12 2 10 0 .167 8 1 7 0 .125 6th (East) Turner Gill - -
2007 FBS MAC East 12 5 7 0 .417 8 5 3 0 .625 T-1st (East) Turner Gill - -
2008 FBS MAC East 14 8 6 0 .571 8 5 3 0 .625 1st (East) Turner Gill - -
2009 FBS MAC East 12 5 7 0 .417 8 3 5 0 .375 5th (East) Turner Gill - -
2010 FBS MAC East 12 2 10 0 .167 8 1 7 0 .125 T-5th (East) Jeff Quinn - -
2011 FBS MAC East 12 3 9 0 .250 8 2 6 0 .250 6th (East) Jeff Quinn - -
2012 FBS MAC East 12 4 8 0 .333 8 3 5 0 .375 T-4th (East) Jeff Quinn - -
2013 FBS MAC East 13 8 5 0 .615 8 6 2 0 .750 2nd (East) Jeff Quinn - -
Totals 878 364 486 28 .431 112 27 85 0 .241

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All-time MAC records[edit]

Statistics correct as of the end of the 2013-14 college football season

This table includes all MAC games from 1999, the year the Bulls joined the Mid-American Conference.

Opponent Games Win Loss Pct. PF PA First Meeting Last Meeting Streak Most recent win
Akron 13 4 9 .308 268 353 1999 2011 W 1 2011, 51–10
Ball State 7 1 6 .000 123 237 2000 2011 L 2 2008, 42-24
Bowling Green 11 3 8 .273 223 335 2000 2012 L 3 2010, 28–26
Central Michigan 6 1 5 .167 129 162 1999 2009 L 3 2004, 36–6
Eastern Michigan 6 1 5 .167 144 164 2001 2013 W 1 2013, 42-14
Kent State 13 6 7 .462 255 293 1999 2013 W 1 2013, 41–21
Miami University 15 4 11 .267 284 474 1999 2013 W 2 2013, 44–7
Northern Illinois 7 0 7 .000 100 310 1999 2012 L 7 -
Ohio 15 6 9 .400 358 416 1999 2013 W 1 2013, 30–3
Toledo 5 1 4 .200 107 203 2003 2013 L 2 2007, 43–33
UMass 2 2 0 1.000 61 22 2012 2013 W 2 2013, 32–3
Western Michigan 7 2 5 .286 176 199 1999 2013 W 2 2013, 33–0
Central Florida (2002–2004) 3 1 2 .333 79 84 2002 2004 W 1 2004, 48–20
Marshall (1999–2004) 6 0 6 .000 82 280 1999 2004 L 6 -
Temple (2007–2011) 5 2 3 .400 85 148 2007 2011 L 3 2008, 30–28
Totals 121 34 87 .281 2393 3704

Overtime[edit]

Statistics correct as of the end of the 2013-14 college football season

Following the 1995 season, the NCAA changed the rules to allow for overtime on games tied at the end of four quarters. Until that time, the Bulls had tied 28 times. Since then, Buffalo has participated in ten overtimes game and has won seven of those games.

Year Opponent Venue Number of OT Victor Score
2000 Kent State UB Stadium 1OT Buffalo W 20–17
2006 Temple UB Stadium 1OT Buffalo W 9–3
2006 Bowling Green Doyt Perry Stadium 3OT Bowling Green L 40–48
2007 Kent State Dix Stadium 1OT Buffalo W 30–23
2008 Western Michigan UB Stadium 1OT Western Michigan L 28–34
2008 Army UB Stadium 1OT Buffalo W 27–24
2008 Akron Rubber Bowl 4OT Buffalo W 43–40
2008 Bowling Green Doyt Perry Stadium 2OT Buffalo W 40–34
2009 Western Michigan Waldo Stadium 1OT Western Michigan L 31–34
2013 Stony Brook UB Stadium 5OT Buffalo W 26–23

Buffalo vs. the BCS[edit]

Statistics correct as of the end of the 2013-14 college football season

Since joining the MAC in 1999, the Bulls have played 34 regular season games and 1 postseason game against teams that are a member of one of the six conferences of the Bowl Championship Series, and have gone 2–33 all time against them (2–32 in the regular season, and 0–1 in the postseason). The Bulls have gone 0–2 against the ACC, 0–5 against the Big Ten, 0–4 against the Big 12, 2–21 against the Big East (0–1 in postseason play), and 0–3 against the SEC. The Bulls have yet to play against a team from the Pacific-12 Conference. This table includes only games with teams that were members of one of the six BCS conferences at the time the game indicated was played. The conferences indicated are also reflective of the conference the team was a member of at the time the game was played.

Season Date vs./@ Opponent W/L PF PA Conference Site Coach Attendance Opponent's Ranking Bowl game
1999 11/13/1999 @ Virginia L 21 50 ACC Scott Stadium Craig Cirbus 40,100 - No
2000 9/2/2000 @ Syracuse L 7 63 Big East Carrier Dome Craig Cirbus 40,634 - No
2000 9/9/2000 @ Rutgers L 0 59 Big East Rutgers Stadium Craig Cirbus 26,511 - No
2001 8/30/2001 vs. Rutgers L 15 31 Big East UB Stadium Jim Hofher 22,658 - No
2002 9/7/2002 @ Rutgers W 34 11 Big East Rutgers Stadium Jim Hofher 19,101 - No
2002 9/21/2002 @ Minnesota L 17 41 Big Ten Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome Jim Hofher 34,294 - No
2003 8/30/2003 @ Rutgers L 10 24 Big East Rutgers Stadium Jim Hofher 25,011 - No
2003 9/6/2003 @ Iowa L 7 56 Big Ten Kinnick Stadium Jim Hofher 54,471 #23 No
2004 9/11/2004 vs. Syracuse L 17 37 Big East UB Stadium Jim Hofher 29,013 - No
2004 11/20/2004 @ Connecticut L 0 29 Big East Rentschler Field Jim Hofher 40,000 - No
2005 9/1/2005 @ Connecticut L 0 38 Big East Rentschler Field Jim Hofher 40,000 - No
2005 9/10/2005 @ Syracuse L 0 31 Big East Carrier Dome Jim Hofher 34,442 - No
2005 9/17/2005 vs. Rutgers L 3 17 Big East UB Stadium Jim Hofher 17,620 - No
2006 9/23/2006 @ Auburn L 7 38 SEC Jordan-Hare Stadium Turner Gill 84,921 #3 No
2006 10/28/2006 @ Boston College L 0 41 ACC Alumni Stadium Turner Gill 14,682 #17 No
2006 11/18/2006 @ Wisconsin L 3 35 Big Ten Camp Randall Stadium Turner Gill 80,850 #10 No
2007 8/30/2007 @ Rutgers L 3 38 Big East Rutgers Stadium Turner Gill 43,091 #16 No
2007 9/15/2007 @ Penn State L 24 45 Big Ten Beaver Stadium Turner Gill 107,506 #12 No
2007 9/22/2007 vs. Baylor L 21 34 Big 12 UB Stadium Turner Gill 22,676 - No
2007 10/20/2007 @ Syracuse L 12 20 Big East Carrier Dome Turner Gill 30,897 - No
2008 9/6/2008 @ Pittsburgh L 16 27 Big East Heinz Field Turner Gill 42,494 - No
2008 9/20/2008 @ Missouri L 21 42 Big 12 Faurot Field Turner Gill 65,566 #5 No
2008 1/3/2009 vs. Connecticut L 20 38 Big East Rogers Centre Turner Gill 40,184 - Yes
2009 9/12/2009 vs. Pittsburgh L 27 54 Big East UB Stadium Turner Gill 21,870 - No
2010 9/11/2010 @ Baylor L 6 34 Big 12 Floyd Casey Stadium Jeff Quinn 40,853 - No
2010 9/25/2010 @ Connecticut L 21 45 Big East Rentschler Field Jeff Quinn 36,738 - No
2011 9/3/2011 @ Pittsburgh L 16 35 Big East Heinz Field Jeff Quinn 48,359 - No
2011 9/24/2011 vs. Connecticut L 3 17 Big East UB Stadium Jeff Quinn 18,215 - No
2011 10/1/2011 @ Tennessee L 10 41 SEC Neyland Stadium Jeff Quinn 87,758 - No
2012 9/1/2012 @ Georgia L 23 45 SEC Sanford Stadium Jeff Quinn 92,446 #6 No
2012 9/29/2012 @ Connecticut L 17 24 Big East Rentschler Field Jeff Quinn 34,666 - No
2012 10/20/2012 vs. Pittsburgh L 6 20 Big East UB Stadium Jeff Quinn 17,021 - No
2013 8/31/2013 @ Ohio State L 20 40 Big Ten Ohio Stadium Jeff Quinn 103,980 #2 No
2013 9/7/2013 @ Baylor L 13 70 Big 12 Floyd Casey Stadium Jeff Quinn 39,126 #23 No
2013 9/28/2013 vs. Connecticut W 41 12 Big East UB Stadium Jeff Quinn 20,952 - No
Totals 2–33 461 1282 1,518,703
Regular Season Totals 2–32 441 1244 1,478,522
Postseason Totals 0–1 20 38 40,184

Championships[edit]

Conference championships[edit]

Buffalo has won one Mid-American Conference championship.

Conference affiliations:

Year Conference Coach Overall Record Conference Record Conference Championship Game
2008 Mid-American Conference Turner Gill 8-6 5–3 2008 MAC Championship Game
Total conference championships 1

Divisional championships[edit]

As winners of the Mid-American Conference's East Division, Buffalo has made one appearance in the MAC Championship Game, in 2008. The Bulls also shared the Division title with Miami in 2007, but the tie-breaker allowed the RedHawks to represent the division in the championship game.

Year Division Championship CG Result Opponent PF PA
2007 MAC East (Co-Championship) NA Did Not Play (lost tiebreaker to Miami) X X
2008 MAC East W Ball State 42 24
Totals 2 1-0 - 42 24

Bowl game appearances[edit]

Season Date Bowl W/L Opponent PF PA Coach Notes
2008 January 3, 2009 International Bowl L Connecticut 20 38 Turner Gill notes
2013 December 21, 2013 Famous Idaho Potato Bowl L San Diego State 24 49 Jeff Quinn notes
Total 2 bowl games 0–2 44 87

Current coaching staff[edit]

Name Title Position Coach
Jeff Quinn Head Coach n/a
Lou Tepper Defensive Coordinator Linebackers
Alex Wood Offensive Coordinator Quarterbacks
Keegan Jones Tight ends
Greg Pyszcczynski Director of Sports Performance Football Operations
Eric Lewis Associate Head Coach Cornerbacks
Adam Shorter Offensive Line Run Game Coordinator
Chris Cosh Assistant Head Coach Defensive Line
Marty Spieler Special Teams Coordinator Wide Receivers
Mike Dietzel Co-Special Teams Coordinator Safeties
Matt Simon Running Backs Coach Running Backs
Greg Meyer Offensive Graduate Assistant Offense
Jordan Brown Defensive Assistant Defense
Jonathan Barnum Video Coordinator Football Operations
Paul Bittar Director of Football Operations Football Operations
Julie O'Neill Administrative Assistant for Head Football Coach Football Operations
Chip Francoforte Administrative Assistant for Recruiting Football Operations

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Broadcasting[edit]

WWKB acquired the broadcast rights to Bulls games for the 2014 season. Former WIVB-TV sports anchor Paul Peck on play-by-play and former Navy quarterback Jim Kubiak on color commentary are expected to return. The Bulls previously aired their games on WHLD (2013), WECK (2008–12) and WGR.

A separate feed is available from the student Part 15 radio station, WRUB.

Future non-conference opponents[edit]

2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
vs Albany at Nevada at Minnesota vs Army at Army
at Penn State vs Army at Army
at Florida Atlantic TBA Boston College vs Florida Atlantic
vs Nevada
TBA Boston College

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References[edit]

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  2. ^ http://www.ubbullrun.com/2010/05/ub-football-101.html
  3. ^ "1896 Buffalo Football," University at Buffalo Digital Collections - October 31, 2012.
  4. ^ "1897 Buffalo Football," University at Buffalo Digital Collections - February 18, 2013.
  5. ^ "1899 Buffalo Football," University at Buffalo Digital Collections - February 25, 2013.
  6. ^ "1900 Buffalo Football," University at Buffalo Digital Collections - January 30, 2013.
  7. ^ "1901 Buffalo Football," University at Buffalo Digital Collections - October 26, 2012.
  8. ^ "1903 Buffalo Football," University at Buffalo Digital Collections - February 11, 2013.
  9. ^ "1904 Buffalo Football," University at Buffalo Digital Collections - May 16, 2013.
  10. ^ "1920 Buffalo Football," University at Buffalo Digital Collections - March 22, 2013.
  11. ^ "1922 Buffalo Football," University at Buffalo Digital Collections - September 7, 2013.
  12. ^ Eric Neel, "All or Nothing", ESPN.com, retrieved November 20, 2008.
  13. ^ "Meet "Buddy" Ryan New Defense Coach," University of Buffalo Spectrum Newspaper - October 6, 1961.
  14. ^ http://www.sportsnetwork.com/merge/tsnform.aspx?c=sportsnetwork&page=cfoot/teams/direct664.htm
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  16. ^ "Buffalo Historical Data". College Football Data Warehouse. Retrieved 2014-02-11. 
  17. ^ "Buffalo Football Coaches". UBBulls.com. Retrieved 2014-04-16. 
  18. ^ "Buffalo Bulls Football Schedules and Future Schedules". fbschedules.com. Retrieved 2014-07-25. 

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