By The Daily Item
ITHACA, N.Y. -- Cornell forced six Bucknell turnovers and four of them led directly to touchdowns as the Bison dropped their first road game of the season, 45-13, to the Big Red Saturday afternoon at rainy Schoellkopf Field.
Bucknell freshman CJ Williams rushed for 148 yards on 30 carries in just his second game, while senior quarterback Brandon Wesley completed 7 of 16 passes for 118 yards, putting him within 36 of Scott Auchenbach's school record for career passing yards (5,256). Lee Marvel led the Bison with a game-high 10 tackles.
Bucknell outgained Cornell 348-302 and held a 39:30-20:30 time of possession advantage, but the Big Red did not turn the ball over.
"If you turn the ball over six times, the scoreboard is going to look like that," said Bison coach Joe Susan. "We have to address the ball issues. There were some guys that played their tail off the whole game and it was good to see Charles (Thompson) run well."
While Cornell (1-0) came out on top in the end, Bucknell (1-1) was the stronger team early, scoring the game's first 10 points after overcoming an interception on its first drive.
Kyle Sullivan, who also averaged 37.0 yards on three punts and caught one pass for 12 yards, put Bucknell on the board first when he returned a first-quarter punt 59 yards for a touchdown. It marked the first punt return for a touchdown by a Bison since Dante Ross 10 years and one day ago at Cornell.
After a four-play, 17-yard Cornell drive that ended with a punt, Bucknell added a 35-yard field goal off the foot of Derek Maurer, one of two in the game for the junior. A 56-yard pass from Wesley to tight end Josh Lebo helped move the Bison down the field and set up the field goal.
Bucknell held a 10-0 lead at the conclusion of the first quarter and had outscored opponents 34-7 in the first halves of games this year at that point. The Bison held a 110-53 yardage advantage on the Big Red after 15 minutes of play.