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Columbia 24, Cornell 10

November 16, 1996

NEW YORK (AP) _ Bert Bondi caught 14 passes, including two for touchdowns, as Columbia defeated Cornell 24-10 Saturday for its seventh win _ the Lions’ highest total since 1947.

Columbia (7-2, 4-2 Ivy League) scored twice in the fourth quarter, on a 49-yard interception return by Roy Hanks and a 38-yard field goal by Matt Linit.

Cornell tailback Chad Levitt scored a touchdown on an 8-yard run on the second play of the second quarter but left the game later in the period after breaking a bone in his right arm, eliminating his chance to surpass the Ivy League career rushing record, held by the Big Red’s Ed Marinaro.

Levitt, who will miss the season finale against Penn, gained 27 yards in 10 carries before the injury, enabling him to break Marinaro’s career rushing attempts record with 922. Marinaro played for Cornell 1969-71 and had 918 rushing attempts.

Levitt has 4,657 career rushing yards, 58 short of Marinaro’s career total of 4,715.

Bondi’s 14 receptions accounted for 129 yards and set a school record for catches in a game.

Bondi’s first-quarter scoring reception on a 5-yard pass from Bobby Thomason put the Lions ahead 7-0 before Levitt ran 8 yards for the tying score. Bondi caught a 7-yard pass from Thomason for a TD, giving the Lions a 14-7 halftime lead.

Cornell (3-6, 3-3) closed to 14-10 on Rob Williams’ 32-yard field goal in the third quarter, but Hanks intercepted Mike Hood’s pass intended for Steve Busch for his TD return with 9:12 remaining, giving the Lions a 21-10 lead.

Without Levitt, Cornell’s rushing game was held to a net of 15 yards in 31 attempts.

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