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Melville throws for 163 yards, runs for 1 TD, Colgate holds off Bucknell 14-10


HAMILTON, New York — Jake Melville threw for 163 yards and ran for one score as Colgate held on for a 14-10 victory over Bucknell on Saturday.

John Maddaluna caught five passes for 134 yards.

Colgate (7-4, 6-0 Patriot League), which has won seven of its last eight games, jumped out to a 14-0 halftime advantage but then had to hold on to secure the win.

Joe Figueroa intercepted an R.J. Nitti pass in the fourth to hold off the Bison.

The Raiders, who have already claimed the 2015 Patriot League trophy, finished with their best conference record since 2003.

Trailing 14-0 at the half Bucknell charged back when Nitti hit Will Carter on a 47-yard scoring strike to close to 14-7 with 11:58 left in the third. Alex Pechin booted a 19-yard field goal early in the fourth for the final score.

Nitti finished with 295 yards passing for Bucknell (4-7, 1-5).

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