Miami Rallies Against Buffalo For Season's First Win Austin Sykes scored the first two touchdowns of his collegiate career. (File Photo) Austin Sykes scored the first two touchdowns of his collegiate career. (File Photo)

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Oct. 15, 2006

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AMHERST, N.Y. (AP) -- Austin Sykes scored his first career touchdown on a one-yard run in the second quarter and later rushed for a game-tying five-yard touchdown as Miami University rallied from a 21-14 third quarter deficit to beat Buffalo 38-31 on Sunday.

The RedHawks (1-6, 1-3 Mid-American Conference) defense intercepted Buffalo four times in the second half and their special teams blocked a punt, leading to three touchdowns in just under nine minutes and ending Miami's worst losing streak since 1988.

With Buffalo (1-5, 0-4 MAC) ahead 21-14, quarterback Drew Willy was intercepted by Joey Hudson on the Bulls 22-yard line. Seven plays later Sykes made his second touchdown of the game to tie the score at 21 with 2:24 left in the third.

After a punt block gave Miami possession at the Bulls five, Mike Kokal hit Jake O'Connell on a one-yard touchdown pass to give the RedHawks a 28-21 lead at 14:15 of the fourth quarter.

Following another interception, Andre Bratton scored his second touchdown of the game on a four-yard run and Miami led 35-21 with 8:57 left in the fourth.

Buffalo rallied with a 45-yard touchdown reception by Naaman Roosevelt with 1:50 to play and a 33-yard field goal by Adam Tanalski 44 seconds later to make it a one-score game. But the Bulls' onside kick attempt went out of bounds allowing Miami to kill the clock.

Buffalo's James Starks finished with a career-high 113 rushing yards one touchdown.

The game was originally scheduled for Saturday but was postponed after a snowstorm left most of the area without power. With driving bans still in effect Sunday, only a couple hundred fans showed up.