Oct. 27, 2012
LEWISBURG, Pa. - Jeremiah Young rushed for a career-high 131 yards, Brandon Wesley was 22-for-38 for 208 yards and Bucknell piled up its most yards since the first game of the 2008 season, but Colgate's high-powered offense that is averaging more than 50 points a game over the last four contests outscored the Bison, 47-33, Saturday afternoon on Homecoming at Christy Mathewson-Memorial Stadium.
Colgate (5-3, 3-0 Patriot League) QB Gavin McCarney rushed 18 times for 121 yards and three touchdowns and completed 10 of 18 passes for 163 yards and another score. Jordan McCord added 147 yards on the ground and two more scores as the Raiders eclipsed 40 points for the fourth straight game. Colgate, which led wire-to-wire, had 284 yards rushing and 447 yards of total offense.
Young, who posted his third career 100-yard game and second in the last two weeks, is now a slim four yards shy of 1,000 for his career. His rushing ability helped Bucknell (1-7, 0-4 PL) run 79 plays, its most since a 2009 contest against Duquesne.
Colgate led 7-0 after the first quarter thanks to a five-yard touchdown run by McCarney that capped the opening drive of the game, a 75-yarder that took more than five minutes off the clock.
Bucknell then had its chances as the Bison's Sean Cobelli connected on a pair of short field goals in the second quarter to bring the Bison to within 7-6. The first field goal capped a 10-play drive that featured a 27-yard run by Young and a 22-yard scramble by Wesley, who rushed for a career-high 87 yards in the game.
Matthew Steinbeck then intercepted his fourth pass of the season, and his third in the last two weeks, on the very first play of Colgate's next drive. This gave the Bison the ball at the 30-yard line. Bucknell worked its way down to the six-yard line, but was forced to turn to Cobelli once again. Cobelli now has eight field goals this season, putting him in a tie for 13th on the program's single-season list.
Colgate, which had five scoring drives of at least 60 yards, answered with its first of six consecutive touchdowns. The Raiders scored touchdowns on their final two drives of the first half and their first four of the second.
Bucknell was able to stay within reach despite the efficiency of the Colgate offense. The Bison trailed just 21-12 at halftime and received the second half kickoff. Bucknell punted on its first possession of the second half, but then scored touchdowns on three of its next four possessions as it went over the 20-point mark for the first time this season and the 30-point mark for the first time since Oct. 29, 2011 at Lafayette. Young (10-yard run), Josh Brake (38-yard reception) and Tyler Smith (three-yard run) crossed the goal line for the Bison, who were within two scores with the ball in the fourth quarter.
After forcing a Colgate punt, Bucknell took possession down 47-33 with nearly seven minutes remaining. A touchdown drive would have kept the Bison within reach, but Bucknell turned the ball over on downs at the Colgate 33-yard line with less than four minutes to play.
The Bison totaled a season-high 25 first downs, but were just 6-for-17 on third and fourth downs, compared to 9 of 15 for Colgate.
Brake led the Bucknell receivers with a game-high six catches for a career-high 87 yards. Victor Walker had five catches for 49.
Wesley etched his name at the top of the Bison record book for career pass completions. He now has 425 completions in his career, seven more than former record-holder Scott Auchenbach's 418. Wesley, who caught a 55-yard pass from Smith that set up Young's touchdown on Saturday, also ranks second in career pass attempts (745), third in passing yards (4,570) and second in total offense (5,057).
Lee Marvel led the Bucknell defense with 10 tackles and one tackle for loss, while Patrick Friel totaled 16 tackles and two sacks for the Raiders.
Bucknell will continue its two-game homestand next Saturday, Nov. 3, when it hosts Fordham at 1 p.m. at Christy Mathewson-Memorial Stadium.