The most prolific wide receiver in Cal Poly football history, Ramses Barden, is back in the NFL.
After sitting out the 2013 season, the 6-foot-6, 224-pound wideout was one of five players the Buffalo Bills signed to a futures contract Thursday.
Barden played four seasons with the New York Giants, who drafted him in the third round in 2009 but used him sparingly on offense before releasing him.
In 29 games with the Giants, Barden caught 29 passes for 394 yards including a nine-catch, 138-yard performance against Carolina in 2012.
The 28-year-old Barden, who played with the Mustangs from 2005-08, is Cal Poly’s all-time leader in receptions (206), yards (4,203) and touchdowns (50).
Cal State Northridge 81, Cal Poly 76
Molly Schlemer led the Mustangs (8-8, 2-1 Big West Conference) with 22 points and 13 rebounds as they suffered their first conference loss of the season.
Cal State Northridge (6-11, 2-1) led by as many as 12 in the first half before Cal Poly took the lead with 10:52 remaining in the second half.
In a game that saw 14 lead changes, the final one came as the Matadors scored four straight points in the final three minutes to take the lead for good.
Ariana Elegado had 20 points and made two free throws with 1:01 left to cut the deficit to one, but Cal State Northridge made its last five free throws to seal the win.