FAYETTEVILLE, W.Va. -- When Buffalo and Fayetteville meet, the games are usually close and right down the wire.
The two programs have played each other every year since 1998, and the Pirates and Bison have split the series at seven games each coming into Friday's matchup.
Their latest encounter was nothing like their usual games as Fayetteville won easily on senior night, cruising to a 38-14 victory in front of a sparse crowd of about 400.
"[Buffalo is] down this year," Fayetteville coach Frank Spangler said. "We played pretty well and did a good job tonight. Overall, it was a pretty good offensive game for us and defensively, we did a pretty good job, too."
The victory gets Fayetteville (3-5) back into the win column after four straight losses. Youthful and injury-plagued Buffalo continues its disappointing season, remaining winless through eight games.
"It was really good to get another win tonight," Spangler said. "We have played a hard schedule. Four of the five teams that beat us are in the top 10 or something like that. Our kids are battle-tested."
Fayetteville wasted little time, scoring two touchdowns followed by successful 2-point conversions in the first quarter. The Pirates took the opening kickoff and drove 55 yards on just six plays with Tasheem Saunders finishing off the drive with a 5-yard run less than two minutes into the game.
On the second possession, Fayetteville again marched 55 yards, and this time took to the air for the touchdown. Quarterback Will Fenton connected with Will Dooley on a 29-yard TD pass on third-and-11 to give the team a 16-0 lead.