Colgate 34, Columbia 29
NEW YORK (AP) _ Bill Sparacio ran for 169 yards and three touchdowns, including two that broke the game open in the third quarter, as Colgate beat Columbia 34-29 on Saturday.
The triumph was Colgate’s eighth in row against Columbia, which hasn’t beaten the Red Radiers since 1967.
Colgate led 17-16 at halftime before Sparacio broke free for scoring runs of 21 and 2 yards to give Colgate a 31-16 edge.
Columbia (1-2) led 13-8 on a pair of touchdown passes by Chad Andrzejewski, who was 22 of 36 for 219 yards. Andrzejewski hit Casey Blair on a 24-yard scoring play and Kevin Robinson on a 19-yarder.
Colgate (2-2) grabbed a 17-13 lead late in the first half on Sparacio’s 1- yard run and a 27-yard field goal by Rick Brown. B. Teal of Columbia kicked a 32-yard field goal late in the half to make it 17-16 at the intermission.
Sparacio’s two touchdown runs in the third quarter gave the Red Raiders a confortable lead, and they wound up needing almost all of it after a final flurry engineered by Lions backup quarterback Jason Doolittle.
Doolittle ran 48 yards for a touchdown with 1:05 remaining and, after the Lions recovered an onsides kick, passed 3 yards to Mike Sardo for another TD in the final seconds.
Colgate’s first touchdown came on a 5-yard run by fullback Joe Napoli.