Buffalo's entrance to the Mid American Conference in 1999 saw the Bulls go 0-11, dropping all of their conference games. In 2000 UB started with three straight losses before hosting the Bowling Green Falcons in their conference opener.
Behind the passing of Joe Freedy and one timely run by Marquis Dwarte UB would get their first win of 2000, their first MAC win, and the programs first successful game at College footballs highest level since 1970. The win came in dramatic fashion for the Bulls.
The Bulls ground game was so weak in the face of Bowling Green UB had to use a 2 yard pass to open the days scoring. The connection between Freedy and Chad Bartoszek with 4:48 left in the first quarter. Gave UB a short lived lead.
Bowling Green fought back with two scores early in the second quarter to grab a 14-7 lead.
Buffalo tried to tie it before the half when Freedy capped a 10-play, 70-yard drive with a three-yard TD toss to Andre Forde. Unfortunately the Bulls missed the extra point and the Bulls trailed at the break, 14-13.
Bowling Green nailed a 32-yard field goal in the fourth to extend their lead.
Then the Buffalo running game, which had just 37 yards on 30 carries came to life. With under two minutes left Marquis Dwarte broke a27-yard run to put the Bulls ahead for good. Before the scoring run Dwarte had lost four yards on two carries.
Eight years later in the second overtime James Starks would rip off a 25 yard carry against Bowling Green to secure UB's first ever MAC East title.