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A Century of Bull: 1900

In 1900 Buffalo started playing their games in Civic Stadium. The recent success had helped crowds gorw and intensified interest. Unfortunately UB had lost so many stars it was a sub par season.

Buffalo entered the 1900 season without Turk Gordon and Leon Cursons who had been a key component of the teams success in the late 1800's. Without two of their three tail backs the weight of the season fell on UB half back Peter MacPherson. In the early going "Mac" was not able to carry the UB offense but the defense did it's job to keep Buffalo within striking distance during most of the seasons contests.

After a tune up victories against the Syracuse Athletic association and the North Tondonwanda YMCA UB would enter their collegiate portion of their schedule

The tone of the season was set in the opening game against Case Tech. In that game Buffalo forced the ball down the inside the 20 several times but never managed to score. Here, more than any time during the season, UB missed Turk Gordon's leg.

After two scoreless ties UB had hoped to use a charity game against the he Kanaweola athletics club of Elmira to get the team tuned up for a big game against Columbia. Rather than tuning up the injury riddled Bulls were out classed by the Elmira eleven, leaving any success at all in doubt.

The Columbia squad had expected an easy win against Buffalo but UB hung around until late in the game. The final score of 17 to 0 was a moral victory for the UB defense but once again highlighted the offenses inability to score.

After the Columbia outing UB took on The Western Reserve squad from Cleveland. The lack of UB offense helped the squad from Cleveland, who had consistently been on the losing side of the series, force a scoreless tie.

The only action was a dirty punch that the Reserve's Peterka of Western Reserve through at an unsuspecting MacPhearson. The punch, thrown from behind, was severe enough to give Mac "Punchers Ear".

The Bulls last chance for a win came when Penn State paid a visit on Thanksgiving day.

After a scoreless first half the Buffalo Squad scored their first points of the season and put down the visitors. UB was aided by the field conditions which The New York Times described as more fit for water polo than football.

Penn State's coach also chimed in on the locor room conditions which he claimed made the difference for UB. A lack of heat in the visitors locker room along with cold temperatures and wet clothing were blamed for a sluggish second frame.

Date Home Team Score Visiting Team W-L-T Location
Sat, 10/6/19001 Tonawanda Y.M.C.A 0 - 6 (W) Buffalo 1-0-0 North Tonawanda, NY
Sat, 10/13/19002 Buffalo 12 – 0 (W) Syracuse A.A. 2-0-0 Buffalo, NY
Sat, 10/27/19003 Case Institute of Technology 0 – 0 (T) Buffalo 2-0-1 Cleveland, OH
Fri, 11/2/19004 Kanaweola C.C. (Elmira, NY) 15 – 0 (L) Buffalo 2-1-1 Elmira, NY
Sat, 11/10/19005 Buffalo 0 – 17 (L) Columbia University 2-2-1 Buffalo, NY
Sat, 11/17/19006 Buffalo 0 – 0 (T) Western Reserve 2-2-2 Buffalo, NY
Thurs, 11/29/19007 Buffalo 10 – 0 (W) Penn State 3-2-2 Buffalo, NY


Player Position
Charles Hasse LE
Thompson LE
Simpson LT
Seth Thomas LG
Al Unbehaun C
Jones RG
Grossbeck RG
Sly RT
Mills RE
Robert E. DeCue QB
Cotton LHB
MacPherson RHB
Lakin FB
Fish RG
Knight RE
Mark Campanella