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1959 Buffalo Bulls Football

by Scott Hollander
University at Buffalo Libraries

Playing nine games and winning eight, the Bulls were ranked second only to Delaware, in the Lambert Cup race.

First Game – Indicating the successful season to come, Buffalo breezed by Temple at Philadelphia, 28 to 14, in the first game.

Second Game – Meeting a highly respected and big Cortland State team the Blue Brigadiers were up for a tough game. Buffalo fans were treated to a 68 to 2 victory as the team completely outclassed their rivals.

Third Game – On a terrifically hot day in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, the team met its only conqueror of the season. Being decisively outplayed for three quarters the Bulls pulled out a memorable comeback in the last quarter. Trailing 26 to 0, the Bulls packed in 21 points and the Bucknell team heaved a sigh of relief when the game ended.

Fourth Game – Given a chance to beat Baldwin-Wallace for the first time and to avenge last year’s only defeat, the Bulls won a rough and tumble game 27 to 18.

Fifth Game – Homecoming Day in Buffalo- rain, cold, wind and muddy field. With all these discouragements meeting their wide-open game, the Bulls overpowered Western Reserve 22 to 2.

Sixth Game – Meeting a rough Youngstown team for the first time, the Bulls were faced with knee deep mud and very ungracious hospitality by the home club. However, a goal-line stand that ended with the half-time on the 1-foot line helped to ease out a 16 to 7 victory.

Seventh Game – As usual, the Bulls greeted the AFROTC annual “Operation Turnout” with a thorough 41 to 6 trouncing. Rhode Island, sporting one of the Yankee Conference’s top backfields, was awed by our “Grid Monsters.”

Eighth Game – Once again the rains came to Buffalo, but by now the Bulls had become “mudders.” A strong Gettysburg squad had to score in the last minute to avert a shutout as U.B. spanked them 19 to 6.

Ninth Game – Winding up the most successful two-year record in the school’s history, Coach Dick Offenhamer’s team was greeted with sun and a dry field for the first time in 5 games. With the thought of burying Marshall under a larger touchdown barrage than Delaware or Ohio University, the Bulls clobbered Marshall 37 to 12 on the home field.

—1960 Buffalonian Yearbook

1959 Buffalo Football Season

Date Home Team Score Visiting Team W-L-T Location
1 Sat, 9/26/1959 Temple 14 – 28 Buffalo W Philadelphia, PA
2 Sat, 10/3/1959 Buffalo 68 – 2 Cortland State W Buffalo, NY
3 Sat, 10/10/1959 Bucknell University 26 – 21 Buffalo L Lewisburg, PA
4 Sat, 10/17/1959 Baldwin-Wallace 18 – 27 Buffalo W Berea, OH
5 Sat, 10/24/1959 Buffalo 22 – 2 Western Reserve W Buffalo, NY
6 Sat, 10/31/1959 Youngstown State 7 – 16 Buffalo W Youngstown, OH
7 Sat, 11/7/1959 Buffalo 41 – 6 Rhode Island W Buffalo, NY
8 Sat, 11/14/1959 Buffalo 19 – 6 Gettysburg W Buffalo, NY
9 Sat, 11/21/1959 Buffalo 37 – 12 Marshall W Buffalo, NY

Home: Rotary Field, Bailey and Winspear Avenues.
Coach: Dick Offenhamer

    1. UB Defeats Temple in Opener, 28-14Buffalo Courier-Express Buffalo, NY, 27 September 1959.
    2. Bulls Glitter, Bury Cortland, 68-2Buffalo Courier-Express Buffalo, NY, 4 October 1959.
    3. UB Bows, 26-21, After Trailing by 26-0Buffalo Courier-Express Buffalo, NY, 11 October 1959.
    4. Bulls Post 27-18 Victory Over B-W” Buffalo Courier-Express Buffalo, NY, 18 October 1959.
    5. UB Turns Back Western Reserve, 22-2Buffalo Courier-Express Buffalo, NY, 25 October 1959.
    6. YoungstownBuffalo Courier-Express Buffalo, NY, 1 November 1959.
    7. Buffalo Blasts Rhodies, 41-6Syracuse Post Standard Syracuse, NY, 8 November 1959.
    8. Buffalo Sinks Gettysburg, 19-6Philadelphia Inquirer Philadelphia, PA, 15 November 1959.
    9. Buffalo Buries Marshall, 37-12Syracuse Post Standard Syracuse, NY, 22 November 1959.