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.
September 4, 1993 - Buffalo 27, Maine 30 - Maine Spoils First Game at UB Stadium,
UB Stadium opened in 1993 and hosted the World University Games over the Summer. The excitement of the games spilled over to football season. Buffalo had a new larger stadium and they were back in Division-1 for the first time since UB reinstated football in the late 70's. After averaging 3200 fans at the Old UB Stadium, 14,000 fans awaited the Bulls at the new stadium.
"One of the things that happened is when we scored, we had UB opener kids jumping up and down and I told them it's not over," Ward said. "That's a mistake of mind. Young kids have to grow and mature and learn it's not over until that referee says it's over."
If any good came out of this heartbreaking moment, it would come 3 years later, when those young guys would be the leaders of the team. Up 4 against Maine in the season finale in 1996, Buffalo allowed another deep kick return, but this time, the defense held strong and maintained the victory.
*The UB record book says Scott attempted a UB record 58 passes on this day, but two different sources say Scott threw 19 completions on 31 attempts.