Countdown To Kickoff 2003

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Trevor Sales - #71 Offensive Line

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  • Position - Center
  • Class - Senior
  • Hometown - La Porte, IN
  • High School - La Porte
  • Size - Ht: 6-2 | Wt: 327

Sales is a veteran center who will provide stability and leadership to UB's offensive line. Sales has started the last 25 games for UB, one of only 3 UB starters to do so, along with linemate Andre Davis and Lee Skinner.

About 2003

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Piskorik scores on the Ohio Bobcats in 2003 via www.ubathletics.buffalo.edu


Duke had lost 23 straight games before defeating their opening opponent in 2002. Tulsa had lost 17 straight before beating UTEP in October.

All the bad teams in college football were finding a way to win at least one game, but not UB. The Bulls came into 2003 with a 10 game losing streak, and that quickly jumped to 12, with loses at Rutgers and Iowa. The 2003 home opener saw UB fall to a FCS team for the second time in two years. An 0-12 season seemed likely.

Then on a grey October afternoon, UB broke their 18 game losing streak with a come from behind win over Ohio University, continuing a long run of dominating Ohio at home no matter the circumstances. (UB is 5-2 against Ohio at home since 2001, winning on average by a score of 30-18).

This also happened.

2003 was marked by the emergence of Dave Dawson at running back, due to the the regression of 2002 MAC Freshman of the year Aaron Leeper.

At Quarterback, P.J. Piskorik and Randall Secky fought for playing time, starting 6 games each. Nothing was resolved and the two would continue to fight for the job in 2004.

Coach - Jim Hofher

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Hofher was a Quarterback at Cornell who had worked his way up to coaching in the Ivy League via the Mid American conference.

Hofher's coaching career began in 1981 as the quarterbacks and wide receivers coach at Miami of Ohio. He went on to work at Wake Forest, Syracuse, and  Tennessee before landing the head job at his Alma Mater.

He was the head football coach at Cornell University from 1990 to 1997. After Cornell he once again moved around as an assistant until UB hired him on.

From 2001 to 2005 Hofher led the Bulls to an 8-49 record. 

Gov - George Pataki

American politician who was the 53rd Governor of New York. A member of the Republican Party, Pataki ousted Mario M. Cuomo in 1994 and held the office for three terms.

As he left office in 2006 the New York Times praised his work on health care and the environment.

He was unpopular in liberal circles because of his tax cuts but despite the 95 tax cuts revenues soared to the point that when Pataki left office in 2006, a rainy day fund exceeding $4 billion was passed on to his successor.

In The News News

The US invades Iraq on March 20th. On May 1st, President Bush declares "mission accomplished." In December 2003 Saddam Hussein is captured.

SARS outbreak occurs, and later indirectly leads to the creation of the International Bowl.

The Space Shuttle Columbia disintegrates upon re-entry.

What Year is Next? The year the Bengals get the last laugh...
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