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Morrisville State football drops opener to Buffalo State

MORRISVILLE, N.Y. – The Morrisville State College Mustangs suffered their first loss of the season as they opened the 2007 campaign to Buffalo State (1-0) with a 37-14 loss Saturday afternoon on Drake Field in Morrisville.

Just 31 seconds into the contest, Buffalo State stunned the Mustangs as Dan Aquilio (Depew, NY/Depew) connected with wide receiver Greg Meyer (Lancaster, NY/Lancaster) for a 70-yard pass completion play giving the Bengals the early 6-0 lead.

Morrisville State held the Bengals for the rest of the quarter, before Buffalo State rallied for three straight scores in the second quarter; the first at 14:20 off a 20-yard pass play from Aquilio to Meyer, the second at 8:20 with a 4-yard Dan Lopez (Lancaster, NY/St. Mary’s) run and the third at 7:54 with a 26-yard Meyer run.

Buffalo State capped the half scoring with a 32-yard field goal by kicker Adam Hauser (Hamburg, NY/Frontier) taking a commanding 30-0 lead at halftime.

In the third, Morrisville State rallied for their first score of the afternoon, as quarterback Billy Poling (Waretown, NJ/Southern Regional) found Eddie Hull (Syracuse, NY/Central Square) in the end-zone for a 26-yard pass score, capping off an eight play, 64-yard drive in 4:37. Hull recorded 73-yards on the day for the Mustangs on six receptions.

Buffalo State struck right back on the first play of the drive, with Aquilio connecting with Meyer for his fourth score of the afternoon, a 40-yard play that took 11 seconds.

The final score of the game came with 1:07 remaining in the third quarter as Ahmad Burks (Syracuse, NY) capped off a 57-yard drive with a 2-yard run, cutting the Bengals lead to 37-14.

Both teams played a scoreless fourth quarter.

Poling completed 11 of 16 passes for Morrisville State, tallying 102 yards. Darnell Murphy (Auburn, NY/Auburn) appeared in the fourth quarter for the Mustangs, completing three of 12 passes for 40-yards while leading all ball carriers with 27 yards rushing.

Buffalo’s Aquilio tallied 245 yards and three scores on 16 of 22 completions while Meyer added 124 yards to the offensive tallies of the afternoon. Lopez led the rushing game for the Bengals, recording 135 of 172-yards on the day.

Morrisville State’s defense was led by Bryant Parker (Windsor, NY/Windsor) with 11 tackles, six solo. Ryan Campbell (Long Beach, NY/Long Beach) and Michael Toney (Arverne, NY/Far Rockaway) each added nine.

Jermaine Rose (Niagara Falls, NY/Niagara Falls) led Buffalo State with 12, five solo. Darryl Davis (Lancaster, NY/Lancaster) added ten.

Morrisville State (0-1) returns to the field next Saturday at SUNY Cortland. Game time is scheduled for 7 p.m.

Morrisville State enters its second year as a provisional member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), Division III in 2007. Upon successful completion of the provisional period, Morrisville State will be a candidate for full accreditation as a member of the NCAA.

Morrisville State College offers more than 70 bachelor and associate degrees. Considered to be one of the most technologically advanced colleges in the nation for its ThinkPad University program and wireless technology initiative, the college recently became the first in the nation to comprehensively replace landlines in residence halls with individual cellular phones. Morrisville State College was also chosen as one of the top five colleges in the nation for campus activities by Campus Activities magazine. The Morrisville State College Norwich Campus also offers programs in business, technologies, liberal arts/education transfer, and nursing to Chenango County area residents and employers.