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Cornell loses a tough one to Colgate

Junior Richie Kenney threw for 268 yards and an 87-yard fumble recovery for a touchdown by senior Jelani Taylor at the end of the first half spurred the Cornell football team’s rally on Saturday, but Colgate forced a turnover on downs in its own territory in the final minute to hold on for a 21-20 victory over the Big Red at Schoellkopf Field. Cornell fell to 1-4, while the Raiders improved to 1-7.

Senior Harold Coles rushed for 89 yards on 17 carries for Cornell, which scored on its first drive of the game on a 39-yard field goal by junior Garrett Patla. Colgate responded with a pair of touchdowns late in the second quarter to take a 14-3 lead, then it was in prime position to push the lead further from the Cornell 3-yard line just before the half. Freshman Jake Stebbins’ sack of Colgate quarterback Grant Breneman forced a fumble and led to Taylor’s dramatic return. Instead of 17-point deficit at the half, Patla’s extra-point pulled Cornell to within four points at the break.

Harold Coles rushes up the sideline during the first half of the Cornell football team's non-league game against Colgate on Oct. 19, 2019 at Schoellkopf Field in Ithaca, N.Y. (Dave Burbank/Cornell Athletics)

The Big Red took the lead in the third quarter on Kenney’s 5-yard touchdown pass to junior SK Howard. The Raiders answered back with a touchdown on their next drive to take a lead into the fourth. Cornell made it a one-point game on Patla’s 28-yard field goal with 13:49 to play, but could get no closer.