NEW YORK (AP) _ Mark McGowan passed for one touchdown and ran for another Saturday to lead Lehigh to a 26-10 victory over Columbia, extending the Lions’ major-college- record losing streak to 38 games.
McGowan threw a 53-yard touchdown pass to tailback Brian Hickman in the first quarter and scored on a one-yard run in the second period as the Engineers, 4-4, recovered after being the first team this season to trail Columbia during a game.
Columbia, 0-7, took a 10-7 lead on Kurt Dasbach’s 41-yard field goal with seven seconds remaining in the first quarter, giving the Lions the lead in a game for the first time since last Nov. 1 against Villanova.
Columbia is now winless in its last 41 games since beating Yale 21-18 on Oct. 15, 1983, and has been outscored 249-58 this season.
Chris Konovalchik scored on a one-yard run at 12:12 of the first quarter to tie the score 7-7 after McGowan’s touchdown pass to Hickman gave Lehigh the early lead. After a fumble recovery, Dasbach followed with the Lions’ first field goal in nearly two years.
But tailback Paul Sims sprinted 49 yards down the right sideline for a touchdown and McGowan plunged over from the 1 during the second quarter to give the Engineers a 20-10 halftime lead.
Mike Beattie kicked a pair of 32-yard field goals in the second half for Lehigh.
Sims, who had appeared in only one game this season and carried the ball only nine times, gained 158 yards in 21 carries. McGowan completed 21 of 33 passes for 292 yards.