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1966 Buffalo Bulls Football

by Scott Hollander
University at Buffalo Libraries

Team photo

The Bulls’ 1966 campaign was Richard “Doc” Urich’s first year as head football coach at Buffalo. The 37-year-old Urich was the offensive line and receiver coach at the University of Notre Dame. He succeeded Dick Offenhamer who resigned on January 8, 1966.

The campaign was nothing to shout about from a won-lost (5-5) standpoint. At the same time, Urich’s team did provide plenty of excitement and never could be counted out of a game before the final gun.

Perhaps the strangest game of the season was a 27-8 road lose to Tampa. Buffalo didn’t have much of a chance as over half the team became sick from food poisoning before the game even started.

Individuals stars included quarterback Mick Murtha, receiver Dick Ashley, fullback Lee Jones and safety Tom Hurd.

The passing – combination of quarterback Mick Murtha and split end Dick Ashley helped to rewrite several Bulls’ aerial records. Safety Tom Hurd lead the team with six interceptions.

Fullback Lee Jones was named to the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) first All-East team edging out Larry Csonka of Syracuse. The junior fullback totaled 554 yards in 146 carries for a 3.7 yard average and led the nation with 16 rushing touchdowns. (see “Bulls’ Lee Jones On All-East Team” Buffalo Courier-Express, 29 November 1966)

Larry Csonka of Syracuse Fullback Lee Jones

1966 Buffalo Bulls Football Season

Date Home Team Score Visiting Team W-L-T Location
9/17/19661 Kent State 23 – 27 Buffalo W Kent ,OH
9/24/19662 Buffalo 21 – 28 Cornell L Buffalo, NY
10/1/19663 Buffalo 28 – 8 Villanova W Buffalo, NY
10/8/19664 Boston University 26 – 16 Buffalo L Boston, MA
10/15/19665 Dayton 13 – 3 Buffalo L Dayton, OH
10/22/19666 Boston College 22 – 21 Buffalo L Boston, MA
10/29/19667 Buffalo 35 – 3 Holy Cross W Buffalo, NY
11/5/19668 Buffalo 36 – 6 Delaware University W Buffalo, NY
11/12/19669 University of Tampa 27 – 8 Buffalo L Tampa, FL
11/19/196610 Buffalo 25 – 16 Youngstown State W Buffalo, NY

Home: Rotary Field, Bailey and Winspear Avenues;
Coach: Richard “Doc” Urich

  1. Buffalo Nips Kent In 27-23 ThrillerNiagara Falls Gazette Niagara Falls, NY, 18 September 1966.
  2. Cornell Edges Buffalo 28-21Niagara Falls Gazette Niagara Falls, NY, 25 September 1966.
  3. Buffalo Bulls Topple Villanova WildcatsNiagara Falls Gazette Niagara Falls, NY, 2 October 1966.
  4. No ‘Bombs’ In Mick’s Bag of TricksBinghamton Press Binghamton, NY, 9 October 1966.
  5. “UB Loses To Dayton In 13-3 Tilt” Niagara Falls Gazette Niagara Falls, NY, 16 October 1966.
  6. Boston College Turns Back UB, 22-21Buffalo Courier-Express Buffalo, NY, 23 October 1966.
  7. UB Crushes Holy Cross In 35-3 RompBuffalo Courier-Express Buffalo, NY, 30 October 1966.
  8. UB Scores 36-6 Romp Over DelawareBuffalo Courier-Express Buffalo, NY, 6 November 1966.
  9. Tampa Registers 27-8 Upset Over UBBuffalo Courier-Express Buffalo, NY, 13 November 1966.
  10. Erratic UB Whips Penguins as Jones Has 3 TDs, 25-16Buffalo Courier-Express Buffalo, NY, 20 November 1966.

Bull's Lee Jones on All-East team