BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — A 38-26 loss on Saturday at Coastal Carolina dropped the UB Bulls to 0-3, marking the program’s worst start in 17 years.

Following defeats at Maryland to start the season, and on a Hail Mary pass against FCS foe Holy Cross in last weekend’s home opener, UB has lost seven games in a row dating to 2021. It is the program’s longest winless stretch in 11 years.

UB last opened a season with three consecutive losses in 2005, part of a nine-game skid on the way to a 1-10 finish in the program’s last year under coach Jim Hofher. The Bulls are now 4-11 under second-year coach Maurice Linguist.

Linguist followed Lance Leipold, who went 30-16 in four consecutive non-losing seasons — the longest stretch of success in UB history — before moving on to Kansas. Leipold has led the Jayhawks in his second season to their first 3-0 start since 2009. He went 7-17 in his first two seasons at UB.

As was the case when these teams met last year at UB Stadium with Coastal Carolina ranked in the AP Top 25, the Bulls battled against a formidable mid-major opponent. UB led 19-17 after three quarters, and after the Chanticleers regained the lead in the fourth, the Bulls scored a touchdown to get within 31-26.

UB quarterback Cole Snyder (Southwestern) was 29 of 48 passing for 264 yards, throwing touchdowns to Justin Marshall (eight catches, 88 yards) and Quian Williams (eight catches, 62 yards). Snyder had a pair of interceptions and lost a fumble.

The Bulls forced four fumbles in the first two quarters and led 16-14 at halftime after Snyder threw a 15-yard touchdown pass to Marshall. The takeaways allowed UB to possess the ball for 20:29 of the first half, and Alex McNulty kicked field goals from 36, 42 and 47 yards. McNulty made it 19-14 with a 26-yard field goal in the third quarter. 

Coastal Carolina took the lead for good by returning a fumbled punt attempt for a touchdown early in the fourth quarter. Both teams turned the ball over four times. The Chanticleers gained 504 yards of offense while the Bulls produced 337.

UB opens Mid-American Conference play next Saturday at Eastern Michigan.

Jonah Bronstein is a digital sports reporter who joined the News 4 team in 2022.