ITHACA, N.Y. (AP) — Gabriel Hollingsworth and Bryson Canty wrapped touchdowns around a Will Allen interception early in the fourth quarter as Columbia broke open a tied game to defeat Cornell 34-26 on Saturday in the annual Empire State Bowl.
The see-saw season finale was knotted at 19-19 when Hollingsworth scored on a 2-yard run on the first play of the fourth quarter. Four plays later Allen intercepted a Richie Kenney pass, returning it 47 yards and setting up Canty’s 6-yard TD catch from Joe Green, pushing the lead to 32-19.
Allen had two of Columbia’s five interceptions.
Columbia (7-3, 4-3 Ivy League) intercepted Cornell’s Jason Wang late in the fourth before the Big Red (2-8, 1-6) scored a final TD with 2:48 left in the game. The Lions made five interceptions of three Cornell quarterbacks.
Devon Brewer rushed for 87 yards on 12 carries and a touchdown for Cornell, which saw Scott Lees kick four of four field goals.
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