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Bison earn 1st win of 2019

HAMILTON, N.Y. — The Bucknell football team toppled Colgate, 32-14, on a drizzly Saturday afternoon at Andy Kerr Stadium for the first win under coach Dave Cecchini.

Bolstered by a strong defensive performance and a pair of touchdowns by freshman Alex Barnard, the Bison downed the defending Patriot League champion Raiders for the first time since 2013.

Logan Bitikofer orchestrated a Bison offense that posted 359 yards of total offense, completing 18 of 29 passes for 250 yards and two touchdowns. Dominic Lyles (81 yards), Brandon Sanders (64) and Jared Cooper (51) all surpassed 50 receiving yards while Cooper added a game-best 76 rushing yards on 21 carries.

Defensively, Bucknell was paced by Simeon Page, who filled the stat sheet with six tackles, 3.5 tackles for a loss of 22 yards, two sacks for a loss of 14 yards and two pass breakups.

Page also returned a fumble for a touchdown that put an exclamation mark on the Bison’s commanding victory with 44 seconds remaining. Beyond Page, Rick Mottram added a game-best nine tackles while Roger Mellado notched two tackles for a loss.

“When it was time to make plays, we stepped up and made plays,” Cecchini said. “I’ll give our team all the credit in the world. They do not quit. They keep fighting. Without fail, they’ve embraced the changes we’ve been making. It was a hard lesson to lose a 14-point lead last week against Holy Cross, but we were a better team for it today in Hamilton, New York. When adversity struck, we answered the call this time.”

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