The "Purple Nation" crowd of students chanted boisterously, "This is our house!" as the final seconds waned down at the 'Taps' Gallagher Center of Niagara University on Wednesday night. The atmosphere was booming for the Big Four's showdown featuring the Bulls and the Niagara Purple Eagles.
The men's basketball team opened its season on Friday night, but they couldn't close. The Bulls (0-1) led multiple times over power conference opponent Texas A&M (1-0), including 25-17 late in the first half and 49-48 midway through the second.
The men's basketball team won't ease into its schedule with a cupcake. It will face one of its toughest opponents all year on Friday night. The Bulls have traveled over 1,400 miles to College Station, Texas, to take on the Texas A&M Aggies of the Southeastern Conference. It's hard to judge the Aggies right now.
In Buffalo football's biggest game in years, its stars delivered a massive blow in their last game at UB Stadium - as they have all season. In front of a national audience on ESPN2, senior receiver Alex Neutz caught two touchdown passes (tying Naaman Roosevelt's career school record of 28), senior running back Branden Oliver rushed for 249 yards (a school Division 1A record) and senior linebacker Khalil Mack forced and recovered a fumble and recorded a safety. The Bulls (7-2, 5-0 Mid-American Conference) beat Ohio 30-3, extending their win streak to seven, the longest since 1959.
Bobby Hurley was easy to pick out: He was always the smallest, always the youngest at the local basketball courts in Jersey City, N.J., where 25-30 guys lined up to play. The rules were simple: win, and stay on the court, lose, and move to the back of the line.
The football team had dominated in its past three games. The Bulls' starters hadn't played in the fourth quarter, as they had blown out opponents 116-26. On Saturday, it took a bit longer to bury Massachusetts. The Bulls entered the game as 21-point favorites - the largest margin in school history.