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99 for 99 - #52 - Offenhamer Becomes Winningest Coach in UB History, UB's 400th game

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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.

November 4, 1961, - Buffalo 6, Bucknell 12 - UB's 400th Game

Buffalo played their 400th game in 1961 at home against Bucknell. Dick Offenhamer never had back-to-back losing seasons at Buffalo, after finishing 4-6 in 1960, the 4-3 Bulls needed one win in the final two weeks to continue that streak. Buffalo scored on their first drive, but were shutout for the rest of the game. The defensive struggle broke when Buffalo fumbled in their own territory in the fourth quarter. Bucknell recovered and scored taking the lead and holding on to the 12-6 victory. The Bulls would lose their final game against VMI, and Offenhamer suffered back-to-back losing seasons for the only time in his Buffalo career.

September 22, 1962 - Buffalo 27, Boston 23 - Offenhamer Becomes Winningest Coach in UB History

Down 20-7 in the 4th quarter, QB John Stofa led the Bulls down the field and connected with Tom Butler for a 15 yard touchdown, the 2 point conversion brought the bulls within 5. Robert Edward broke an 87 yard run on the next Buffalo possession, and after a failed 2 point conversion, the Bulls held a 1 point lead.

Boston calmly responded by driving deep into Buffalo territory before finally stalling at the 5. Boston hit the short field goal and took a 23-21 lead with 3 minutes remainng. Buffalo marched down the field and with 35 seconds remaining, Stofa again hit Butler for an 18 yard touchdown. Buffalo won the game 27-23 to give Offenhamer his 39th win as coach of the Bulls in dramatic fashion. The 39 wins surpassed the 38 wins of Jim Peele. Peele was the winniest UB coach for 22 years. Offenhamer would win 19 more games as coach of UB, and he reigned as UB's winniest coach for the next 27 years.