99 for 99 - #76: Jim Ryan’s Kick Return

Ryan Provided the early fireworks, Stofa(pictured) provided the late game heroics. via cdn0.sbnation.com

99 for 99 takes a look at the 99 biggest moments in UB Football history in anticipation of the 99th Season of UB Football which begins on September 1st, 2012. These moments are not in any order, however the top 10 moments have been saved for last.

October 5, 1963 - Buffalo 14, Villanova 7 - Jim Ryan's 95 yard Kick Return

Buffalo had a habit of dominating the Temple Owls. Between 1958 and 1962 Buffalo went 5-0 against Temple. However, they could not solve Villanova, going 0-2 against the Wildcats in that time period. Buffalo and Temple would not play again until 1967, so if the Bulls wanted to beat a Philadelphia team in 1963, they would have to finally beat Villanova.

Buffalo came into the game 2-0-1, riding a 6 game unbeaten streak that extended to the '62 season. Villanova was 2-0 with 12,005 fans in attendance at Villanova Stadium for the homecoming game.

Buffalo got a great start as Jim Ryan returned the opening kickoff 95 yards for a touchdown. UB missed the extra point allowing Nova to take the lead in the second quarter when Don Koshlap threw his only career TD pass to John Kelleher. Down 1 with under two minutes to go, UB QB John Stofa hit halfback Tom Butler for a 36 yard touchdown pass with 94 seconds remaining. Buffalo converted the two point conversion and held on to win the game 14-7.

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