LEWISBURG, Pennsylvania – The Marist football team suffered a 45-6 loss at Bucknell in its season opener at Christy Mathewson-Memorial Stadium on Saturday. The Bison jumped out to a 28-0 lead in the first quarter, and scored the game’s first 35 points.
The Red Foxes two biggest problem areas were turnovers and not being able to convert on 3rd down (3/16) . Two early Marist turnovers led to quick scores for the Bisons. The first turnover was an interception by the Bison’s Colin Jonov at the Bucknell 36, which Jonov returned the interception 64 yards for the touchdown. The Bison upped the score to 15-0 two possessions later and then on the ensuing possession recovered a strip sack in the end zone for a three-touchdown lead.
The Bison went on to a 35-0 lead before a half-ending 16-play, 97-yard Marist drive that ended in a touchdown by Marcellus Calhoun. It was the 19th TD of his career at Marist.
Bucknell extended its lead in the second half with a third-quarter touchdown and fourth-quarter field goal.
Defensively, the Red Foxes held Bucknell to just 56 yards rushing on 39 attempts.
“We have to learn from this game. A lot of mistakes that we didn’t think we’d make, we made. We have to be better in all phases as we prepare for Stetson.” – head coach Jim Parady
Marist plays its home opener on Saturday, Sept. 9, at 1 p.m against league foe, Stetson. In its opener, Stetson fell at Sacred Heart by a score of 42-3 on Saturday.
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