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.