Buffalo and Miami Tussle in 1951

Buffalo did not join the MAC until 1999 but the histories of Miami and UB started to intertwine in the 1950's.

As the clock wound down on Buffalo's brief Jim Wilson era the Bulls were in the midst of a 3-3 season and on their way to Oxford Ohio to take on the Miami Redskins.

While the Bulls were led by Wilson Miami's head coach was Ara Parseghian, yes that Ara Parseghian.

After playing for two seasons with the Cleveland Browns Parseghian ended up on the staff at Miami, his Alma Mater. He took the reigns in 1951. He would lead Miami to a 39–6–1 over five seasons and win two Mid American Conference titles. He owuld of course eventually land at Notre Dame and become one of his era's best known coaches.

Buffalo was coming off of two straight wins UB was hoping to make it a third behind the running of Don Holland.

Holland played a spectacular game but Miami was too strong for the Bulls. In a bitter cold November dat Buffalo lost by a final score of 27 to 7.

With temperature dropping from 32 degrees at kickoff to a final gun reading of 24, an estimated 2.500 spectators remained long enough to see. -- Buffalo Currier Express

Buffalo managed only 64 yards on the ground and had to punt seven times. The first of those punts was blocked leading to a short field and Miami's first score.

Buffalo's only score was a late touchdown on a 2 yard plunge by Doc Holland. Holland split his duties on the drive between left Half back and Quarterback. Throwing the Bulls down the field until UB was in the red zone, the 77 face saving drive nearly doubled UB's offensive output.

Holland was 13-21 passing, getting all 128 UB passing yards. He also carried the ball 15 times for 53 yards. When the day was over UB's star accounted for more than nine out of every ten Buffalo yards.

One of Parseghian's assistants was Doc Urich, In his first year after graduation the Miami end joined the redskin staff. Urich would follow Parseghian to Northwestern and then to Notre Dame before becoming UB's head coach in 1966.

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