1998

1997 ECAC Northwest Champions

Though theFootballBengals 1997 eight– win, two-loss season can onlybeconsidered a success, it was not without its disappointments. After stumbling through their first four games with two wins and two losses (including a 38-9 drubbing at Cortland), the team was not chosen for the NCAA playoffs, in spite of victories in their last five regular-season games. It was the first time in five years the squad had not played a post-season NCAA game. TheBengals did however playPlymouth State for the Northwest ECAC Championship, spotting them a 17-0 halftime lead and then staging a second– half comeback for a 21-17 win. The key play of the game came late in the fourth quarter when Plymouth had the opportunity to run out the dock but fumbled it away. The Bengals then drove for the winning touchdown, a 9-yard run by Dion Foendoe with less than two minutes to play. Other season highlights included an overtime Homecoming Game win over Brockport and the 38-0 domination of Kean.

1997 Season (*Home Games) Sept. 6 Robert Morris L

35-23 19-13

w w w w w w w w L

Sept. 13 Sr. John Fisher*

Sept. 20 Washington & Jefferson

16-7 38-9

Sept. 27 Cortland

Oct. 4

13-10 (OT)

Brockport*

Oct. 18 Mercyhurst

16-14

Kean*

Oct. 25 Nov. 8

38-0

Rochester

43-19 13-10 21-17

Nov. 15 Ithaca*

Nov. 23 Plymouth Srare*

Scoring by Quarters

OT Total

1st 2nd 3rd 4th

BSC Opp.

44 46 16 61

37 10

60 59

3 0

190 146

Team Statistics (9 games) BSC

Opponents

T oral First Downs First Downs Rushing Rirst Downs Passing First Downs by Penalty

167

138

94 59 14 27

61 60 17 15

Fumbles

11

Fumbles Lost Interceptions

8

10

14

Penalties I Yards

62/517 43/133

64/505 46/150 30.6%

Third Down Conversions

Third Down Conversion Pet. 32.3%

1402 155.7

Net Gain Passing

1419 157.6

Yards Per Game Passing Passing Touchdowns

12

6

Net Gains Rushing

1831

992

203.4

110.2

Yards Per Game Rushing Rushing Touchdowns Yards Per Game T oral Off.

12

9

359.2

267.8

21.1

Points Per Game

16.2

29

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