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Connecticut 20, Buffalo 3

September 8, 1996

AMHERST, N.Y. (AP) _ Leftover thunderclouds from Hurricane Fran poured all over the University of Buffalo Stadium as rain and mud amounted to a messy-looking game.

The University of Connecticut Huskies didn’t mind the outcome, though, as they beat the University at Buffalo Bulls 20-3 in Division I-AA football action Saturday night.

Buffalo was in control only in the beginning: In the first quarter, linebacker Kevin Hansen stripped the ball from UConn running back Tory Taylor. Safety Kevin McGriff picked up the football, and the Bulls offense moved into scoring position, setting up senior place kicker Gerald Carlson for a 51-yard field goal _ the second-longest of his career.

One minute later _ at 8:18 _ the Huskies moved ahead for good as quarterback Shane Stafford hit wide receiver John Fitzsimmons for a 70-yard touchdown connection.

At the end of the quarter, UConn’s Jon Cohen kicked a 31-yard field goal to post a 10-3 advantage. He added a 39-yarder in the second quarter as the Huskies entered the half with a 13-3 lead.

The third quarter went scoreless, but four minutes into the fourth quarter, UConn fullback Chad Martin capped a 39-yard drive with a two-yard touchdown dive.

The Bulls, meanwhile, showed little ground power, finishing with a -4 net rushing yardage on 29 attempts. Quarterback Mark Taylor struggled behind shaky pass protections, getting dumped for five sacks and losing a combined 67 yards.

Taylor led UConn’s ground game, gaining 93 net yards on 25 attempts; the Huskies recorded 118 rushing yards overall. Stafford was 10 for 20, passing for 251 yards and the one touchdown. Taylor was 21 for 37, totaling 214 yards.

Linebacker Craig Guest led Buffalo’s defense with 14 tackles; LB Brad Keatley recorded nine for the Huskies.

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