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This Day in Buffalo Sports History: A perfect season

   November 20, 1897 -- It's not as if the 2008 University at Buffalo football team is the only one in school history to enjoy a great season. It's just that sometimes the best seasons go a little ways back.

   On this date, UB racked up a 28-0 win over Hobart as part of a 7-0 season. Other victims that year were Niagara, Syracuse and Western Reserve. The UB team gave up a total of 12 points in the entire season.

   The manager of the team that year was E.J. Meyer, and the coach was C.W. Dibble. The 1897
season marked the first time that UB had ever had a football coach, so Mr. Dibble must have helped. There were only 12 players on the roster.

   It was a rapid rise to success, as the program had only started in 1894. In fact, the team needed a couple of years to get permission to play its games on UB's campus.

   That 1897 campaign remains the only unbeaten season in school history. Dibble left at that point, so he finished his UB coaching career with a winning percentage of 1.000.

--- Budd Bailey

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