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1968 Buffalo Bulls Football

by Scott Hollander
University at Buffalo Libraries

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Finishing the season with an impressive 7-3 record, Doc Urich’s football Bulls played exciting and record breaking football in 1968.

Senior halfback Ken Rutkowski, one of the most exciting runners ever at Buffalo, set two one year records. His 177 carries for 729 yards made him the most worked and most productive back in Buffalo history and earned him a berth on the ECAC All East Team. Rutkowski actually accounted for 1,154 yards with pass receiving, kickoff, and punt returns production in the total.

Quarterback co-captain Denny Mason, a second stringer for two seasons, came into his own setting a school record of 89 completed passes. Mason’s total yardage figure soared to 833 with 729 yards in the air and 104 yards on the ground.  Scoring honors were taken by fullback Joe Zelmanski with 10 touchdowns.

Defensively, the standouts were linebackers Don Saba (co-captain), Scott Clark and Dave Richner (All East selection) along with defensive ends Prentice Henley, Tom Murphy, and Tom Vigneau.

1968 Buffalo Bulls Football Season

Date Opponent Score W-L-T Location
9/14/19681 at Iowa State 28 – 10 L Ames, IA
9/21/19682 at Kent State 21 – 13 W Kent, OH
9/26/19683 UMass 23 – 0 W Buffalo, NY*
10/5/19684 Boston College 31 – 12 L Boston, MA
10/12/19685 Delaware 29 – 17 W Buffalo, NY
10/19/19686 Villanova 28 – 7 L Buffalo, NY
10/26/19687 Holy Cross 10 – 9 W Buffalo, NY
11/2/19688 at Temple 50 – 40 W Philadelphia, PA
11/9/19689 at Northern Illinois 20 – 7 W DeKalb, IL
11/23/196810 at Boston University 13 – 10 W Boston, MA

Home: Rotary Field, Bailey and Winspear Avenues;
*Game played at War Memorial Stadium, Jefferson Avenue and Best Street.
Coach: Richard “Doc” Urich

  1. Iowa State Rips BuffaloNiagara Falls Gazette Niagara Falls, NY, 15 September 1968.
  2. Bulls Defeat Kent, 21-13Buffalo Courier-Express Buffalo, NY, 22 September 1968.
  3. Mason Sparkles as UB Defeats Redmen, 23-0Buffalo Courier-Express Buffalo, NY, 28 October 1968.
  4. Eagles Score 31-12 Victory Over BullsBuffalo Courier-Express Buffalo, NY, 6 October 1968.
  5. Bulls Rebound, Whip Delaware, 29-17Buffalo Courier-Express Buffalo, NY, 13 October 1968.
  6. Villanova Beats UB, 28-7Buffalo Courier-Express Buffalo, NY, 20 October 1968.
  7. Embow Field Goal Wins for UB, 10-9Buffalo Courier-Express Buffalo, NY, 27 October 1968.
  8. Bulls ‘Outpoint” Owls in 50-40 DuelBuffalo Courier-Express Buffalo, NY, 3 November 1968.
  9. Bulls Defeat Northern Illinois, 20-7Buffalo Courier-Express Buffalo, NY, 10 November 1968.
  10. Bulls Rally Nips BostonBuffalo Courier-Express Buffalo, NY, 24 November 1968.

Newspaper clipping: UB Has plenty of local talent