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This Day in Buffalo Sports History: A long time between drinks

     October 31, 1970 -- This turned into a landmark moment for the football program of the University of Buffalo (at it was called at the time), even if no one knew it at the time.

     The Bulls played Holy Cross at Rotary Field, and they won, 16-0. It turned out to be UB's last win against a Division I-A team for almost three decades.

     The game is best remembered for the halftime show, oddly enough. The UB band was planning on putting on an anti-Vietnam War demonstration, as the game was shown on ABC. However, the network didn't want to mix football and politics at the time. So, play-by-play man Bob Murphy wrapped up the first half, and the network cut away from the band -- an unusual step for that era.

     The Bulls were having trouble making ends meet back then. They finished with losses such as a 65-12 defeat against Boston College and a 43-21 rout at Northern Illinois.

     The offense had trouble generating many points. UB only scored 21 points twice in the season, and lost both of the games. Quarterback Kirk Barton threw one touchdown pass and had 17 passes intercepted.

     UB was said to have a good freshman team coming along, but it never played a down for the varsity. The university killed the football team in early 1971, and it didn't play big-time competition until 1999.

--- Budd Bailey


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Budd Bailey

Budd Bailey

Budd Bailey has served in a variety of roles in Buffalo sports in the past 35 years, including reporter, talk-show host, baseball announcer, public relations staffer and author. He covers the Bandits and running for The News when not working as an editor.