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Spooney, Brown Scoop Hoyas

Providence r.i. — John Spooney ran for two touchdowns and caught another as Brown opened its football season with a 45-7 rout of Georgetown on Saturday.

The Bears (1-0) dominated from the outset, opening with a 92-yard drive capped by an 8-yard touchdown pass from Pat Donnelly to Alex Phelan. Brown led 17-0 after one quarter and 31-0 at the half.

Spooney’s three scores all came in the first half on runs of 8 yards and 7 yards and a 24-yard hook-up with Donnelley. Sponney finished with 102 yards on 14 carries, leading a Brown rushing attack that totaled 268 yards. Robert Grebanc and Andrew Coke also had touchdown runs for the Bears.

Yale 39, Colgate 22

Hamilton, n.y. — Tyler Varga rushed for more than 200 yards and the final touchdown to cap Yale’s victory over Colgate.

Varga had 39 carries for 236 yards in the season opener for the Bulldogs (1-0). His total yardage broke a previous career record of 220 yards.

Quarterback Henry Furman also had a strong running game with three uncontested TDs before the half. Furman finished with 4 carries for 60 yards and 129 yards passing before limping off the field in the first minute of the third quarter. He did not return to the game.

Fordham 52, Columbia 7

New York — Michael Nebrich threw for 347 yards and three touchdowns and Carlton Koonce carried 27 times for 158 yards and two touchdowns to lead Fordham over Columbia.

Fordham (4-0) built a modest 10-0 halftime lead on Koonce’s 8-yard touchdown and a 38-yard field goal by Michael Marando.

Harvard 42, San Diego 20

San Diego — Conner Hempel threw for 345 yards and four touchdowns as Harvard turned a close game into a runaway, defeating San Diego.

Defensive end Zach Hodges picked up a Mason Mills fumble and rumbled 53 yards for a touchdown to open the scoring. Paul Stanton Jr. rushed 11 yards for a touchdown in the second quarter and Harvard (1-0) held a one-point lead at half, 14-13.

Hempel took over in the second half, tossing four touchdown passes to three receivers to lead the onslaught.

Cornell 45, Bucknell 13

Ithaca, n.y. — Jeff Mathews threw for 285 yards and three touchdowns as Cornell overcame an early deficit to rout Bucknell.

The Ivy League’s Big Red (1-0) trailed 10-0 in the first quarter, but roared back in the second quarter as Mathews threw touchdown passes to Chris Lenz and Lucas Shapiro to take a 17-13 lead.

Penn 27, Lafayette 21

Philadelphia — Billy Ragone threw for 218 yards and two touchdowns as Penn held off a fourth-quarter comeback to defeat Lafayette.

The Quakers (1-0) used the strength of two Ragone throwing scores and a seven-yard rushing touchdown by Spencer Kulcsar to have a 27-7 advantage in the third quarter.

Lehigh 29, Princeton 28

Princeton, n.j. — Brandon Bialkowski threw for 430 yards and engineered four second-half scoring drives in Lehigh’s comeback victory over Princeton.

After trailing 22-3 at half, Lehigh (3-0) took the lead early in the fourth quarter on a Bialkowski pass to Dylan Colgate to go ahead 23-22. Princeton answered with Connor Michelsen’s 9-yard pass to Di Andre Atwater which put the Tigers up 28-23 after a missed two-point conversion.

Lehigh then scored its game-winning touchdown on Sean Farrell’s 1-yard run with 2:45 left in the game.

New England

Norwich 31, WPI 14

Worcester, Mass. — Al Georgio produced 238 offensive yards and had a role in three touchdowns as the Cadets grabbed a nonconference win from Worcester Polytech.

Georgiio rushed 27 times for 193 yards and two touchdowns. The junior also grabbed four passes for 45 yards, adding a 6-yard TD reception to his daily haul.

RPI 23, Castleton State 8

Troy, n.y. — The Engineers’ run defense rendered the Spartans quiet in a nonconference affair at East Campus Stadium.

WCSU 35, Plymouth State 3

Plymouth, n.h. — Rob Giles’ 35-yard field goal got the Panthers started, but the hosts managed nothing else in a Currier Field loss to Western Connecticut State. Octavias McKay scored on runs of 3, 9 and 7 yards in the second half to help WCSU pull away from a 14-3 halftime lead.

Middlebury 27, Bowdoin 5

Brunswick, Maine — Quarterback McCallum Foote connected with William Sadik-Khan on a pair of scoring passes as the Panthers kicked off their season with a road victory.

Foote hit Sadik-Khan from 8 yards out in the game’s first 2½ minutes, and Middlebury never trailed. Bowdoin closed to within 7-5 on a safety and field goal, to which the Panthers responded with Foote TD tosses of 18 yards to Joey Zelkowitz and 20 yards to Sadik-Khan before halftime.

Matt Rea scored from a yard out in the third period for Middlebury’s remaining points.

Vanderbilt 24, Massachusetts 7

Foxborough, Mass. — Austyn Carta-Samuels threw for two touchdowns and Vanderbilt used a pair of TDs in the fourth quarter to pull away in a victory over Massachusetts.

Carta-Samuels completed 18 of 27 passes for 219 yards and rushed for 38 more. He also caught a pass for a 21-yard gain that set up his 11-yard touchdown pass to Jordan Matthews to put the Commodores (2-2) up 17-7 with 13:44 left to play.

Vanderbilt gained 167 of its 406 total yards in the fourth quarter, wearing down the Minutemen (0-4) after a tight first half and scoring twice in the final period.

Jonathan Krause had 105 receiving yards on six catches, including a touchdown late in the first quarter.

A.J. Doyle finished 20 of 28 for 133 passing yards and a touchdown for the Minutemen, who trailed 10-7 at halftime.