Cornell’s defense came out firing on all cylinders holding a team that last year was averaging around 27 points per game scoreless in the first quarter and limiting them to 19 total points by the end of the game.
Jackson Weber (Whitefish Bay Wisconsin), Seth Hope, (Fort Thomas Kentucky) and Rush Imhotep (Brooklyn, NY) held down the fort defensively. Weber would finish the afternoon with seven tackles, 1 for a loss of two yards and a sack for a loss of two yards as well. Seth Hope would finish with six tackles 2.5 for a loss of 8 yards. Imhotep would finish with three tackles and an interception.
Offensively Robert Somborn, (McKinney, TX) struggled against a stout Bucknell defense that was allowing only 21 PPG game last year. He would finish his afternoon going 9-18 with a TD and an interception as well as being sacked three times. Luke Hagy (Pittsburg, PA) had a monstrous game on the ground rushing for 105 yards with a TD on 18 carries. On the receiving end it was James Hubbard (Fullerton, CA) who would tear things up finishing off his afternoon with three receptions for 60 yards and a touchdown.
Bucknell’s offense would not back down from the challenge. R.J Nitti (Dix Hills, NY) would finish off his day going 20-33 for 174 yards, two touchdowns and three sacks. C.J Williams (Cockeysville, MD) tore the Cornell defense apart rushing for 133 yards on 35 carries. On the receiving end it was Will Carter (Moreland Hills, OH) and Joey Defloria (Greensburg, PA) that created problems for the Cornell defense. They would combine for 89 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Defloria helped secure the 19-14 victory for the Bison’s by making an outstanding grab between two Cornell defenders while his QB Nitti was falling to the ground.
The Bison defense made plays when they needed to and fed off the energy of their senior and defensive leader Jimmy King (Millstone, N.J) giving up only 14 points despite the fact that Cornell was able to establish a lethal ground attack early on.
Cornell will face a tough opponent in Yale next week a team that competed in the Ivy League championship game against Harvard last year and fell just short of becoming the Ivy League champions. Game will be played on the road in New Haven, Connecticut and kickoff will commence at 1pm.