Tyler Varga ran 39 times for 240 yards and helped Yale defeat host Colgate 39-22 at Andy Kerr Stadium in Hamilton, N.Y. on Saturday afternoon.
Henry Furman passed for 129 yards and ran for 60 yards and three touchdowns before he left the game on the first play of the third quarter with an injured right leg and returned to the sideline with a walking boot. Yale rolled up 537 yards in its season opener.
Gavin McCarney passed for 140 yards and a touchdown and ran for 136 yards and another score for Colgate (0-4).
Furman scored on a 25-yard quarterback keeper on the game's opening possession to give Yale a 7-0 lead. Furman's first career rushing touchdown capped a 96-yard drive.
Furman scored on a 1-yard run to finish Yale's second possession and give the Bulldogs a 14-0 lead with four seconds left in the first quarter. Yale gained 156 yards on two possessions in the opening quarter and Varga ran 12 times for 85 yards in the opening 15 minutes.
Colgate drove deep into Yale territory midway through the second quarter, but McCarney was stuck for a 1-yard gain on a fourth-and-3 from the Yale 19.
Furman scored again on a 33-yard run late in the second quarter to give the Bulldogs a 20-0 lead.
Demetrius Russell's 4-yard touchdown run with 1:30 left in the first half cut Yale's lead to 20-7, but the Bulldogs closed the half in style. Derek Russell completed a 15-yard touchdown pass to Dylan Drake on a fake field goal with six seconds left in the second quarter to give the Bulldogs a 27-7 lead.
Yale's Kyle Cazetta made a 46-yard field goal early in the third quarter to bump the Bulldogs' lead to 30-7.
Colgate tried to make a game of it. McCarney connected with Dan Cason for a 44-yard touchdown pass to make it a 30-14 game.
Cazzetta's 30-yard field goal pushed Yale's lead back out to 33-14 late in the third quarter.
McCarney's 1-yard touchdown run early in the fourth quarter and his two-point conversion pass to Jimmy DeCicco chopped Yale's lead down to 33-22.
Varga dominated on the following possession, rushing six times for 49 yards, including a 1-yard touchdown run to give the Bulldogs a 39-22 lead with 6:20 to play.
Colgate drove inside the 5-yard line, but McCarney fumbled and Yale's Beau Palin recovered to put the finishing touch on the Bulldogs' win.
NOTES: Yale leads the series 26-11-3. ... Colgate won last year's game 47-24. ... Yale gained 350 yards in the first half and averaged 7.5 yards per play. ... Colgate allowed 42.7 points per game in losses to Air Force, Albany and New Hampshire.