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 1, 1955 - Coach Offenhamer gets his first win at UB, a 26-0 shutout at Brockport.
On October 1st 1955, the greatest coach in UB history unveiled what the New York Times described as a powerful ground attack that overwhelmed the Brockport Football Team. Paired with a dominating defense, UB won 26-0 in a win that evoked the dominant and physical style of Buffalo teams of old.
Offenhamer, a Buffalo native, attended Bennett High School, played at Colgate, coached at Kenmore East and Colgate before becoming the 15th head coach of the Bulls.
The "old-school" style of the Bulls did not come by accident:
"Offenhamer was known by his players as a hard task master. One of the drills better known by his players was his "Bull in the Ring" drill.
A player would stand in a circle, surrounded by teammates in two point stance. Offenhamer would call a name and that player would rush the man in the center. After the player was hit, and after he delivered a hit the Coach would then call another name. This drill would be repeated sometimes more than a dozen times."
-Tim Riordan UB Football 101
Offenhamer would go on to coach 100 games, winning 58 of them. He amassed the best winning percentage of any UB coach with more than 20 games coached.