NEW YORK — Brandon Bialkowski threw for 320 yards and three touchdowns to lead Lehigh to a 24-10 win over Columbia on Saturday.
Two of Bialkowski’s touchdown passes were caught by Lee Kurfis, who finished with 14 receptions for 130 yards. His 14 catches tied the school’s single-game record.
Lehigh (5-1) took a 17-3 lead in the second quarter with a pair Bialkowski touchdown passes, the first being a 6-yarder to Tyler Coyle. A little over two minutes later Kurfis hauled in a 10-yarder for a score.
Marcorus Garrett cut the Lehigh lead to 17-10 late in the third with a 12-yard touchdown run for Columbia (0-4). Bialkowski then connected with Kurfis for an 8-yard score early in the fourth to extend the Mountain Hawks’ lead to 24-10.
Garrett finished with 27 carries for 150 yards, but the Lions couldn’t get anything going in passing game, where they managed a total of just 71 yards.
Holy Cross 51, Bucknell 27
LEWISBURG — Peter Pujals had 378 yards total offense, throwing for three touchdowns and rushing for three more as Holy Cross pounded Bucknell.
Pujals was 19 of 29 for 298 yards and also led the Crusaders (3-4, 1-0 Patriot) in rushing with 80 yards on 13 carries. Holy Cross was able to score on 7 of 11 drives and was forced to punt the ball only once during the game. Kicker John Macomber contributed a first quarter field goal from 48 yards.
The Holy Cross defense forced four Bucknell turnovers including three interceptions of Bison QB RJ Nitti. The first just 8 plays into the game’s opening drive as Crusaders defensive back Kyle Young picked off a Nitti pass for a 79-yard touchdown return. The Crusaders held the Bison (1-4, 0-2) —who have now lost four straight —to only six points in the second half.
Princeton 42, Lafayette 26
PRINCETON, N.J. — Quinn Epperly threw four touchdowns and rushed for another as Princeton used a strong second half to win.
Epperly found Des Smith with a 5-yard touchdown pass late in the third quarter to give the Tigers (3-1) a 35-26 lead and added a 1-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter to help Princeton pull away.
After a 20-point first quarter from Lafayette (1-4), Princeton limited the Leopards to a single score for the remainder of the game. The Tigers’ defense intercepted Andrew Dzurik twice and added a fumble recovery after the strong first quarter.
Ross Scheuerman guided Lafayette early, scoring three first-quarter touchdowns, highlighted by a 69-yard touchdown run for the Leopards’ first score. Scheuerman had 155 yards rushing in the game.
Duquesne 34, Wagner 7
PITTSBURGH — Ryan Ho, Devin Rahming and Ethan Dorsey each scored touchdowns in the fourth quarter to help Duquesne pull ahead for good.
Leading 10-7 going into the final quarter, the Dukes (3-2, 1-0 NEC) scored on four of their last five drives, starting with a 2-yard touchdown run by Ho. After an Austin Crimmins field goal and a forced three-and-out by the Duquesne defense, Rahming returned a punt 62 yards for a score.
St. Francis 28, Monmouth 10
LORETTO — Bishop Neal and DaQuan Minter each returned a first-quarter turnover for a touchdown as St. Francis topped Monmouth.
St. Francis (2-4) scored on the opening kickoff as Lorenzo Jerome forced a fumble that was recovered and then ran in by Neal. The Red Flash then took a 14-0 lead later in the first with an 18-yard touchdown pass from Max Ward to Terell Smith. A 44-yard interception return by Minter, less than a minute later, extended the St. Francis lead to 21-0.
Kyle Harbrigde also ran for a 23-yard score in the fourth and finished with 26 carries for 94 yards for St. Francis.
Cincinnati 38, Temple 20
CINCINNATI — Brendon Kay sparked a Cincinnati offense that helped the Bearcats get started on the road back from a heartbreaking tragedy.
Kay completed 31 of 37 passes for 270 yards and two touchdowns to help Cincinnati beat winless Temple 38-20 on Friday night for its first victory in the first-year American Athletic Conference.
Kay ran for 18 yards and a score for the Bearcats (4-2, 1-1), coming off a turnover-plagued 26-20 loss at previously winless South Florida in their first game since freshman offensive lineman Ben Flick was killed in a car accident on Sept. 21. Wide receiver Mark Barr remains hospitalized with injuries from that accident.
The Nippert Stadium crowd of 32,220 watched a video tribute to Flick before kickoff.