Buffalo State snaps UW-Whitewater’s streak

The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater came within three seconds of tying Oklahoma for the third-longest winning streak in NCAA football history Saturday, but in the end, the Division III powerhouse finally met its match.

Ryan Carney’s 10-yard touchdown reception from Casey Kacz and an extra point in the closing seconds gave Buffalo State a 7-6 victory and ended a streak of 46 straight wins that began in 2009.

Whitewater, playing at home as the three-time defending Division III champions, dropped to 1-1 when it could muster only two field goals against Buffalo State.

During the 46-game streak, the Warhawks outscored opponents 1,789 to 495, an average of 39-11 per game.

Division III Mount Union (Ohio) — a longtime rival of UW-Whitewater in D-III championship games — holds the two longest college football winning streaks at 55 (2000-03) and 54 games (1996-99). Oklahoma is third all-time with a 47-game winning streak compiled from 1953-57.

Whitewater, which had opened its season with a 34-0 win over Washington University of St. Louis, allowed the Bengals to drive 75 yards in 11 plays in the final 1:35 of the game. The loss also snapped the Warhawks’ 30-game winning streak at Perkins Stadium.

“This was the biggest win in Buffalo State history,” coach Jerry Boyes told the school’s website.