Columbia 42, Holy Cross 16
WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) _ Marcellus Wiley and Jason Bivens produced five rushing touchdowns as the Columbia defeated Holy Cross 42-16 in a match-up of conference leaders Saturday.
Columbia (3-0 overall, 1-0 Ivy League), remains unbeaten, the first time the school has won its initial three contests since 1946 when the Lions finished 6-3.
Dana Fiatarone opened the scoring for Holy Cross (1-4, 1-0) with a 17-yard field goal. The Lions then scored 24 unanswered points as Bivens scored two touchdowns.
Bivens, who rushed for 109 yards on 26 carries, broke several tackles to score a 25-yard touchdown for a 7-3 lead.
The Lions swarming defense then took over, forcing three decisive turnovers that led to 17 second quarter points.
Michele Bellanca recovered Holy Cross quarterback Brion Stapp’s fumble to set up Bivens’ second touchdown _ a 1-yard plunge.
Jeremy Taylor intercepted a Stapp pass at the Crusader 21 yard and place kicker Matt Linit kicked a 37-yard field goal.
On the next Crusader possession, defensive back Roy Hanks of Columbia intercepted a Stapp pass and returned it 40 yards to the Crusader 8-yard line.
Wiley scored the first of his three touchdowns from the 8-yard line for an insurmountable 24-3 lead.
Columbia led 27-6 before the Crusaders rallied for 10 third quarter points.
Kevin Szelagowski returned a fumble 33 yards for a touchdown. The Crusaders forced a fumble by Columbia kickoff returner Chris Tillotson and Fiatarone kicked a 40-yard field goal to bring the Crusaders within 27-16.
However, Columbia’s quarterback Paris Childress then engineered a nine-play 62-yard drive capped by Wiley’s second touchdown on a 5-yard run.