Yale 31, Columbia 7
NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) _ Kevin Callahan scored three times in the third quarter as Yale, sparked by a goal-line stand, beat Columbia 31-7 on Saturday.
Yale (3-3 overall, 2-1 in the Ivy League) scored on three of its first four possessions in the second half, twice following turnovers, to end a three-game losing streak.
The Elis, who trailed 7-0 at halftime, stopped the Lions (0-6, 0-3) on four plays from inside the 4-yard line to end the first half. Columbia tailback Bryan Pennartz carried the ball all four times and was dropped for a 1-yard loss on fourth-and-1.
Columbia had just one sustained drive the rest of the game, but Bruce Mayhew’s 25-yard scoring pass to Gary Comstock was called back because of a holding penalty.
Scott Wagner made his second interception of the game and returned it to the Lions’ 24. That set up Yale’s first score, Callahan’s 3-yard run.
On Columbia’s next play, Yale captain Chris Gaughan stripped Greg Abbruzzese of the ball and John Furjanic recovered on the Lions’ 20. Callahan later scored on a 5-yard run.
Callahan’s 1-yard touchdown run capped Yale’s 47-yard scoring drive on its next possession.
Ed Perks added a 39-yard field goal in the fourth quarter and Furjanic intercepted Mayhew and returned it 38 yards for a touchdown.
Columbia, which has won just three games in seven seasons, appeared to take control in the second quarter as Mayhew picked apart the Yale defense with short passes.
Mayhew was 6 of 6 for 45 yards and added a 14-yard run as he guided the Lions on a 10-play, 80-yard scoring drive. Abbruzzese capped the drive with a 3-yard run.
But Mayhew, who was 17 of 23 in the first half, was 10 of 20 in the second half with two interceptions and couldn’t spark the Lions.
Mayhew finished with 264 yards passing, while Comstock had 114 yards receiving.
Callahan had 80 yards rushing for Yale and Darin Kehler had 50 yards rushing and 45 yards passing.