Scores

Final

Cornell 21

(1-0, 1-0 away)

Bucknell 20

(2-1, 1-1 home)

6:00 PM ET, September 20, 2008

Christy Mathewson-Memorial Stadium, Lewisburg, PA

1 2 3 4 T
COR 7 7 7 021
BUCK 6 8 0 620

Top Performers

Passing: M. Trigg (BUCK) - 219 YDS, 2 TD

Rushing: R. Barbour (COR) - 23 CAR, 114 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: S. Pasternak (BUCK) - 11 REC, 117 YDS, 2 TD

Cornell 21, Bucknell 20

Associated Press

LEWISBURG, Pa. -- Nathan Ford and Jesse Baker hooked up for two touchdowns as Cornell held off Bucknell 21-20 on Saturday night.

Ford and Baker connected on touchdown passes of 8 and 5 yards and the Big Red got a key play on special teams to pull out the win.

Cornell (1-0) took a 21-14 lead on Ford's second touchdown pass in the third quarter. The Bison responded with a touchdown pass from Marcello Trigg to Shaun Pasternak with 10:56 to go, but Graham Rihn blocked the extra point to keep the score 21-20.

The Big Red had a chance to put the game away later in the quarter when they drove down to the Bucknell 7-yard line, but Sam Nana-Sinkam picked off Ford near the goal line and returned the ball to the Bucknell 27. However, the Bison (2-1) were unable to mount a drive and punted, allowing Cornell to run out the clock.

Ford was 21-for-26 for 207 yards and two interceptions and Randy Barbour rushed for 114 yards and scored on a 13-yard run for Cornell.

Trigg was 19-for-27 for 219 yards with two touchdowns to Pasternak, who had 11 catches for 117 yards.

Cornell held the Bison to just 46 yards on the ground and sacked Trigg three times.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
COR
BUCK
1st Downs2114
Total Yards394265
Passing207219
Rushing18746
Penalties4-252-25
3rd Down Conversions8-154-13
4th Down Conversions1-12-2
Turnovers22
Possession33:5826:02

Passing Leaders

CornellC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Ford21/262078.022
BucknellC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Trigg19/272198.120

Rushing Leaders

CornellCARYDSAVGTDLG
Barbour231145.0132
Siwula15614.1016
BucknellCARYDSAVGTDLG
Lee6254.2015
Kizekai5142.808

Receiving Leaders

CornellRECYDSAVGTDLG
Baker57715.4237
Walters7639.0029
BucknellRECYDSAVGTDLG
Pasternak1111710.6245
Kizekai37224.0035

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERCORBUCK
TD12:46Marcello Trigg 5 Yd Run (Pat Failed) 06
TD04:51Jesse Baker 8 Yd Pass From Nathan Ford (Brad Greenway Kick) 76
SECOND QUARTERCORBUCK
TD09:09Randy Barbour 13 Yd Run (Brad Greenway Kick) 146
TD00:50Shaun Pasternak 5 Yd Pass From Marcello Trigg (Marcello Trigg Pass To Shaun Pasternak For Two-Point Conversion) 1414
THIRD QUARTERCORBUCK
TD09:13Jesse Baker 5 Yd Pass From Nathan Ford (Brad Greenway Kick) 2114
FOURTH QUARTERCORBUCK
TD10:56Shaun Pasternak 8 Yd Pass From Marcello Trigg (Pat Blocked) 2120