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The history of Sport at UB begins in 1894 with the first UB football team. By 1897, UB Football was a perfect 7-0 against collegiate foe. Although the entire UB athletics program was cancelled in 1904 due to a lack of financial support, personnel and leadership, it was reinstated in 1915. All intercollegiate athletics were suspended for the duration of World War II. UB sports teams returned in 1946 and the football program continued to grow and flourish. This culminated in its achievement of small college football supremacy by winning the Lambert Cup in 1958.



1894-1899 | 1900-1909 | 1910-1919 | 1920-1929 | 1930-1939 | 1940-1949
1950-1959 | 1960-1969 | 1970-1979 | 1980-1989 | 1990-1999 | 2000-2009 | 2010-Present


1894

  • 1894- Football begins - In 1894, the University of Buffalo embarked on its very first football season. The team was made up of U.B. students with such colorful names as A. B. Stein, Irving Johnson, J. B. Crofts and "Dinky" Johnson. (read more)

    COACH:
    FINAL RECORD: 0-2-0
  • 1895- First full season - After playing a few football games at the club level in 1894, the University of Buffalo started to embrace intercollegiate sports in 1895. (read more)

    COACH:
    FINAL RECORD: 1-4-2
  • 1896 - WNY Champions - Compiling an overall record of 9 wins, 1 loss, and 2 ties, the teams made a valid claim of being the champions of Western New York football. (read more)

    COACH: Fred D. Townsend
    FINAL RECORD: 9-1-2
  • 1897 - Almost Undefeated - Losing only once to the local, semi-pro "All-Buffalo" club team, the U.B. squad overwhelmed opponents as coach C.W. Dibble takes over for Fed Townsend two games into the season. (read more)

    COACH: Fred D. Townsend / C.W. Dibble
    FINAL RECORD: 9-1-0
  • 1898 - Professionalism - Dismissing charges of professionalism, Buffalo finished the 1898 season 4-1 against collegiate foes and 8-1 overall losing only to Cornell at Ithaca, NY. (read more)

    COACH: Louis Hinkey
    FINAL RECORD: 8-1-0
  • 1899 - Duquesne Country & Athletic Club - Continuing an impressive run, Buffalo has another fine season led by coach Bemus Pierce, a member of the Seneca Nation, losing only to the professional Duquesne Country & Athletic Club in Pittsburgh, PA. (read more)

    COACH: Bemus Pierce
    FINAL RECORD: 7-1-0

1900

  • 1900 - Beat Penn State - Led by player/coach and team captain Seth Thomas, Buffalo ends the 1900 season on a high note beating Penn State University 10-0 in Buffalo, NY on Thanksgiving Day. (read more)

    COACH: Seth Thomas
    FINAL RECORD: 3-2-2
  • 1901- Michigan at Ann Arbor - Under coach "Turk" Gordon, the team started the season with four straight wins but the infamous Michigan game sends the Buffalo football program into an uncertain future. (read more)

    COACH: James "Turk" Gordon
    FINAL RECORD: 4-2-0
  • 1902- Columbia at Polo Grounds - Injuries depleted the U.B. roster before the season started. Buffalo plodded through the season, mostly winning its home games and losing its away games. (read more)

    COACH:
    FINAL RECORD: 3-5-1
  • 1903 - Interest Fades - Led by player/coach Ray Turnbull, the team finished with five wins and five loses as the University contemplated dropping football from its list of athletic sports. (read more)

    COACH: Ray Turnbull
    FINAL RECORD: 4-4-0
  • 1904 - No Football Team - Varsity football is not funded. Dr. Burton T. Simpson of the medical department of the University of Buffalo, a former football player, makes the case for its return. (read more)
  • 1905 - No Team
  • 1906 - No Team
  • 1907 - No Team
  • 1908 - No Team
  • 1909 - No Team

1910

  • 1910 - No Team
  • 1911 - No Team
  • 1912 - No Team
  • 1913 - No Team
  • 1914 - No Team
  • 1915 - Football Returns - After an absence of over 10 years, the longest period of inactivity in school history, football finally returned to the University of Buffalo in 1915. (read more)

    COACH: Frank Mount Pleasant
    FINAL RECORD: 3-5-0
  • 1916 - Art Powell - Art Powell takes over as head coach but only 4 men reported for the first day of practice. From four the squad grew slowly until it reached eighteen at its maximum. (read more)

    COACH: Art Powell
    FINAL RECORD: 3-5-2
  • 1917 - Gaining Momentum - Despite wartime conditions, Art Powell leads the team to a respectable record. (read more)

    COACH: Art Powell
    FINAL RECORD: 4-4-0
  • 1918 - World War & Influenza - Scheduling games was extremely difficult but the season was a success with only one loss against a Cornell squad at Ithaca, N.Y. on Thanksgiving Day. (read more)

    COACH: Art Powell
    FINAL RECORD: 6-1-0
  • 1919 - Winless Season - A tie against St. Bonaventure saves an otherwise difficult season. (read more)

    COACH: Art Powell
    FINAL RECORD: 0-5-1

1920

  • 1920 - Rotary Field Opens - The only win of the season comes against crosstown rivals Canisius College. (read more)

    COACH: Art Powell
    FINAL RECORD: 1-4-0
  • 1921 - Art Powell's Last Season - The 1921 football season would be the last for coach Art Powell as he decided to focus strictly U.B. basketball. (read more)

    COACH: Art Powell
    FINAL RECORD: 2-3-2
  • 1922 - 'Dim' Batterson - The 1922 Buffalo football team starts the season with a new coach. (read more)

    COACH: George 'Dim' Batterson
    FINAL RECORD: 1-5-0
  • 1923 - Jim Bond - Another new coach (who lasts just one year) and yet another disappointing season. (read more)

    COACH: Jim Bond
    FINAL RECORD: 2-5-1
  • 1924 - Russ Carrick - For the fourth season in a row, the Buffalo football team starts the season with a new coach. It was hoped that Carrick would bring much needed stability to the U.B. football program. (read more)

    COACH: Russ Carrick
    FINAL RECORD: 1-7-0
  • 1925

    COACH: Russ Carrick
    FINAL RECORD: 3-4-1
  • 1926

    COACH: Russ Carrick
    FINAL RECORD: 0-7-0
  • 1927

    COACH: Russ Carrick
    FINAL RECORD: 0-6-1
  • 1928

    COACH: Russ Carrick
    FINAL RECORD: 1-6-0
  • 1929 - Jay Lee - Jay "Biffy" Lee, former Notre Dame football player and coach, takes over the U.B. football coaching duties. (read more)

    COACH: Jay "Biffy" Lee
    FINAL RECORD: 5-2-0

1930

  • 1930

    COACH: Jay "Biffy" Lee
    FINAL RECORD: 3-5-0
  • 1931

    COACH: Bill Pritchard
    FINAL RECORD: 2-6-0
  • 1932

    COACH: Jim Wilson
    FINAL RECORD: 1-5-1
  • 1933

    COACH: Jim Wilson
    FINAL RECORD: 2-3-2
  • 1934

    COACH: George Van Bibber
    FINAL RECORD: 2-4-1
  • 1935 - George Van Bibber's Second Year - Early season struggles leasds to another rough season. (read more)

    COACH: George Van Bibber
    FINAL RECORD: 2-6-0
  • 1936

    COACH: James Peelle
    FINAL RECORD: 5-3-0
  • 1937

    COACH: James Peelle
    FINAL RECORD: 4-4-0
  • 1938

    COACH: James Peelle
    FINAL RECORD: 2-6-0
  • 1939 - Winless Season - An upgrade in the schedule leads to a difficult and disappointing season. (read more)

    COACH: James Peelle
    FINAL RECORD: 0-7-0

1940

  • 1940 - Hope Restored - The team rebounds with signature wins over the University of Connecticut and Drexel. (read more)

    COACH: James Peelle
    FINAL RECORD: 3-5-0
  • 1941

    COACH: James Peelle
    FINAL RECORD: 3-4-1
  • 1942 - World War II - Although the country was at war, the 1942 Buffalo Bulls football season was a success. (read more)

    COACH: James Peelle
    FINAL RECORD: 6-2-0
  • 1943 - No Varsity Sports - For the duration of World War II, all University of Buffalo intercollegiate athletics were suspended.
  • 1944 - No Varsity Sports
  • 1945 - No Varsity Sports
  • 1946 - Post-War Football Returns - During the fall of 1946, the University of Buffalo fielded its first "post-war" football team. (read more)

    COACH: James Peelle
    FINAL RECORD: 7-2-0
  • 1947 - Best Record in School History - Coach Jim Peelle returns for his thirteenth year and leads the team to another outstanding season (read more)

    COACH: James Peelle
    FINAL RECORD: 8-1-0
  • 1948 - Jim Peelle Steps Aside - Frank Clair is hired as the new head coach. The Bulls crush the University of Louisville Cardinals 48-13 in Louisville, KY. (read more)

    COACH: Frank Clair
    FINAL RECORD: 6-1-1
  • 1949 - Frank Clair's Final Year in Buffalo - After a 6-3 record, a season long rift between Athletic Director Jim Peelle and head coach Frank Clair is revealed. (read more)

    COACH: Frank Clair
    FINAL RECORD: 6-3-0

1950

  • 1950 - Jim Wilson Returns - In early January, coach Frank Clair was told his contract would not be renewed. Jim Wilson was hired as head football coach at U.B. replacing Clair. (read more)

    COACH: Jim Wilson
    FINAL RECORD: 5-3-0
  • 1951

    COACH: Jim Wilson
    FINAL RECORD: 4-4-0
  • 1952

    COACH: Fritz Febel
    FINAL RECORD: 1-7-0
  • 1953

    COACH: Fritz Febel
    FINAL RECORD: 1-5-1
  • 1954 - Fritz Febel's Final Year - The team wins only 2 games but passes it's ultimate test as name Chancellor Clifford C. Furnas decides to keep football. (read more)

    COACH: Fritz Febel
    FINAL RECORD: 2-7-0
  • 1955

    COACH: Dick Offenhamer
    FINAL RECORD: 4-4-1
  • 1956

    COACH: Dick Offenhamer
    FINAL RECORD: 5-3-1
  • 1957

    COACH: Dick Offenhamer
    FINAL RECORD: 5-4-9
  • 1958 - Lambert Cup Winners - Buffalo beats Harvard and Columbia University on its way to a 8 win and 1 lose season, winning the Lambert Cup, emblematic of supremacy in Eastern U.S. small-college football. (read more)

    COACH: Dick Offenhamer
    FINAL RECORD: 8-1-0
  • 1959

    COACH: Dick Offenhamer
    FINAL RECORD: 8-1-0

1960

1970

  • 1970 - Last Season - Injuries and a difficult schedule leads to a very trying and disappointing season. (read more)

    COACH: Bob Deming
    FINAL RECORD: 2-9-0
  • 1971 - No Football Team - For the second time in its history, U.B. dropped football in early January 1971. (read more)
  • 1972 - No Football Team
  • 1973 - No Football Team
  • 1974 - No Football Team
  • 1975 - No Football Team
  • 1976 - No Football Team
  • 1977

    COACH: Bill Dando
    FINAL RECORD: 0-3-1
  • 1978

    COACH: Bill Dando
    FINAL RECORD: 3-6-0
  • 1979

    COACH: Bill Dando
    FINAL RECORD: 4-5-0

1980

  • 1980

    COACH: Bill Dando
    FINAL RECORD: 6-5-0
  • 1981

    COACH: Bill Dando
    FINAL RECORD: 5-5-0
  • 1982

    COACH: Bill Dando
    FINAL RECORD: 5-5-0
  • 1983

    COACH: Bill Dando
    FINAL RECORD: 8-2-0
  • 1984

    COACH: Bill Dando
    FINAL RECORD: 6-4-0
  • 1985

    COACH: Bill Dando
    FINAL RECORD: 4-6-0
  • 1986

    COACH: Bill Dando
    FINAL RECORD: 9-2-0
  • 1987

    COACH: Bill Dando
    FINAL RECORD: 3-7-0
  • 1988

    COACH: Bill Dando
    FINAL RECORD: 2-8-0
  • 1989

    COACH: Bill Dando
    FINAL RECORD: 4-6-0

1990

  • 1990

    COACH: Sam Sanders
    FINAL RECORD: 2-8-0
  • 1991

    COACH: Sam Sanders
    FINAL RECORD: 3-7-0
  • 1992

    COACH: Jim Ward
    FINAL RECORD: 4-6-0
  • 1993 - A 'new' UB Stadium - The Bulls' long journey back to Division I culminated in 1993 as Buffalo plays its first Division I game since 1970 at the newly built UB Stadium. (read more)

    COACH: Jim Ward
    FINAL RECORD: 1-10-0
  • 1994

    COACH: Jim Ward
    FINAL RECORD: 3-8-0
  • 1995

    COACH: Craig Cirbus
    FINAL RECORD: 3-8-0
  • 1996

    COACH: Craig Cirbus
    FINAL RECORD: 8-3-0
  • 1997

    COACH: Craig Cirbus
    FINAL RECORD: 2-9-0
  • 1998

    COACH: Craig Cirbus
    FINAL RECORD: 4-7-0
  • 1999

    COACH: Craig Cirbus
    FINAL RECORD: 0-11-0

2000

  • 2000

    COACH: Craig Cirbus
    FINAL RECORD: 2-9-0
  • 2001

    COACH: Jim Hofner
    FINAL RECORD: 3-8-0
  • 2002

    COACH: Jim Hofner
    FINAL RECORD: 1-11-0
  • 2003

    COACH: Jim Hofner
    FINAL RECORD: 1-11-0
  • 2004

    COACH: Jim Hofner
    FINAL RECORD: 2-9-0
  • 2005

    COACH: Jim Hofner
    FINAL RECORD: 1-10-0
  • 2006

    COACH: Turner Gill
    FINAL RECORD: 2-10-0
  • 2007

    COACH: Turner Gill
    FINAL RECORD: 5-7-0
  • 2008

    COACH: Turner Gill
    FINAL RECORD: 8-6-0
  • 2009

    COACH: Turner Gill
    FINAL RECORD: 5-7-0

2010

  • 2010

    COACH: Jeff Quinn
    FINAL RECORD: 2-10-0
  • 2011

    COACH: Jeff Quinn
    FINAL RECORD: 3-9-0
  • 2012

    COACH: Jeff Quinn
    FINAL RECORD: 4-8-0
  • 2013

    COACH: Jeff Quinn
    FINAL RECORD: 8-5-0
  • 2014

    COACH: Jeff Quinn/Alex Wood
    FINAL RECORD: 5-6-0
  • 2015

    COACH: Lance Leipold
    FINAL RECORD: 5-7-0