Kacz, Bengals score early and often in win over Cortland
Junior quarterback Casey Kacz (Sweet Home) threw for 579 yards and five touchdowns and the defense intercepted Cortland quarterback Chris Rose five times in a 49-31 win on Saturday afternoon in front of a packed house on the campus of Buffalo State College.
The win was the first for the Bengals over Cortland since 2005.
“We were here exactly a year ago in the same scenario – where we were leading at halftime and we didn’t finish the deal,” stated Buffalo State College coach Jerry Boyes. “So, it was a challenge to go out there and finish the deal.”
The game looked like a shootout from the opening play of the game as the two teams traded scores.
The Bengals got on the board first as Kacz found Caesarae Lewis down the right side for a 68 yard strike.
Cortland would not be out done as with a Rose to Mike Humphrey 23-yard strike.
The wild first quarter would continue, however, as Rich Pete put the Bengals back on top with a 32-yard scamper up the gut. Pete made a nice move at the line of scrimmage and went untouched in the end zone.
After Cortland tied the score at 14-14, Kacz and the Bengals would go back on top for good.
Kacz found Ryan Carney four a 4-yard strike. Later in the second quarter, Kacz would find Lewis for a 20-yard touchdown.
After his third touchdown in the first half, there was a sense around the stadium that this was going to be a special day Kacz. His first half numbers alone were impressive, 16-21, 294-3-1, and that just after two quarters.
“What you saw today was the capabilities of Casey Kacz,” explained Boyes. “It was more than just what you saw with him throwing the ball. He made a number of changes at the line of scrimmage. He took us out of a bad play to a good play. And that is the total definition of a quarterback.”
Kacz would continue his record setting day as he fired his fourth touchdown pass of the game to Lewis, this time a 25-yard strike.
After Cortland cut the lead to 35-31, the Bengals extended its lead when Pete scored his second touchdown of the game, a 1-yard run.
Kacz would finish off the scoring for the Bengals as he fired a 49-yard strike to Carney.
The final score of the day capped off a tremendous day for the offense as they amassed 706 yards against a team that is picked to win its division.
“This team has the potential to be a very good team,” said Boyes.
Next up for the Bengals is a road game against Brockport next Saturday. Game time is scheduled for 1 p.m.