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1919 Buffalo Football

by Scott Hollander
University at Buffalo Libraries

Team photoA lonely tie against St. Bonaventure University is the only highlight from an otherwise difficult 1919 football season. (see “U.B. Eleven Holds St. Bonaventure to Tie Score” Buffalo Courier, 16 November 1919)

The season review below comes from the 1920 Iris Yearbook.


Perhaps the story of the 1919 football season is a sad one to some, but when consideration is given to the “stick-to-itiv-ness” shown by the men the tale need not be so sad. In fact, the underlying principle of all sport is stick to it in spite of all odds, and Buffalo showed her gameness and sportsmanship and fair play by so sticking with but a few candidates to select from, adverse weather and a hard schedule, these men, with Captain Frank McCollum, played their game to the finish, and although every game was not a winner, they were well played, and good, honest football was the keyword.

Manager Hildebrand and Coach Powell certainly put in good time and effort, and with all handicaps considered put on an exceptionally good outfit on the field. The outlook is excellent for the coming year, when more men from which to pick and better conditions all around, a snappy team is looked for.

1919 Buffalo Football Season

Date Home Team Score Visiting Team W-L-T Location
10/19/19191 Buffalo 0 – 23  St. Lawrence University L Buffalo, NY
10/26/19192 Buffalo 6 – 21 Hobart College L Buffalo, NY
11/1/19193 Rochester 33 – 0 Buffalo L Rochester, NY
11/8/19194 Buffalo 0 – 6 Westminster College L Buffalo, NY
11/15/19195 Buffalo 6 – 6 St. Bonaventure T Buffalo, NY
11/22/19196 Buffalo 0 – 25 University of Detroit L Buffalo, NY

Coach: Arthur Powell

  1. Buffalo Downed by St. LawrenceWatertown Daily Times, Watertown, NY, 20 October 1919.
  2. Hobart Splashes Way to Victory Over U.B. ElevenBuffalo Courier, Buffalo, NY, 26 October 1919.
  3. U. B. Unable to Hold Rochester Eleven in CheckBuffalo Courier, Buffalo, NY, 2 November 1919.
  4. U.B. Shows Great Improvement and Holds WestminsterBuffalo Courier, Buffalo, NY, 9 November 1919.
  5. U. B. Eleven Holds St. Bonaventure to Tie ScoreBuffalo Courier, Buffalo, NY, 16 November 1919.
  6. Football ResultsTroy Times, Troy, NY, 24 November 1919.

Newspaper clipping: U B eleven holds saint bonaventure to tie scoreU.B. ELEVEN HOLDS ST. BONAVENTURE TO TIE SCORE

Blocked Kick Enables Blue and White to Stave Off Defeat.


University of Buffalo football eleven managed to stave off defeat
at the hands of the St. Bonaventure team in the second half of the
double bill yesterday afternoon at Buffalo baseball park, when a
blocked kick in the last few minutes of play enabled Mundie to fall
on the ball behind the goal line for the touchdown which made the
game a six to six tie.

The visitors apparently had the game within their grasp when a
marvelous punt by Oberlander backed them up against the goal
line and gave Buffalo a chance to even up matters. The Alleghany
boys penetrated the Buffalo line for a touchdown in the second
quarter but missed a chance for a try at goal when they allowed the pigskin to touch the ground. Buffalo also lost a chance for a goal try as when Oberlander punted out, the U. B. boys were unable to make a fair catch.


Buffalo Courier, November 16, 1919