Columbia's defense came up with two key stops in the game's final three minutes, including a key sack in the closing seconds to give Columbia a 22-17 victory Saturday at Dartmouth before 5,237 fans at Memorial Field. The contest featured a matchup of the Ivy League's two teams tied for first place in the standings, the final two unbeaten teams in the conference and two of the nation's seven remaining undefeated teams.
After defeating co-2016 Ivy League Champions Princeton and Penn to open Ivy League play, Columbia (5-0, 2-0 Ivy League) travels to Hanover, N.H. to play Dartmouth (5-0, 2-0 Ivy League) in a matchup of two of the nation's seven undefeated teams. In addition, the game features the Ivy League's top two teams in the standings as both enter the contest with identical 2-0 records. Kickoff is at 12:30 p.m. for a Saturday, Oct. 14 contest at Dartmouth's Memorial Field.
Columbia sophomore linebacker Michael Murphy was named the STATS FCS National Defensive Player of the Week, the organization announced on Monday afternoon. The major national media outlet for FCS Football, STATS FCS conducts a weekly FCS poll.
Columbia claimed three of the Ivy League's four weekly football awards as sophomore wide receiver Josh Wainwright was named the Offensive Player of the Week, sophomore linebacker Michael Murphy earned the Defensive Player of the Week award and first-year linebacker Justin Woodley was named the league's Rookie of the Week, the conference announced on Monday afternoon.
Sophomore wide receiver Josh Wainwright caught a game-winning 24-yard pass from senior quarterback Anders Hill to give Columbia a 34-31 walk-off, come-from-behind overtime win against Penn Saturday at Robert K. Kraft Field at Lawrence A. Wien Stadium. After Wainwright gathered in the game-winning touchdown, many of the season-high 13,081 fans stormed Robert K. Kraft Field in celebration.
The Columbia Football Team returns to the Columbia University South Lawn for a final walk through this afternoon at 5 p.m. Kickoff for Columbia's 73rd annual Homecoming Game on Saturday at Robert K. Kraft Field at Lawrence A. Wien Stadium against Penn is at 1:30 p.m. ET. The game will be televised live on Eleven Sports Network and simulcast on the Ivy League Network.
Columbia (4-0, 1-0 Ivy League) gets back into Ivy League play when it hosts defending Ivy League champion Penn (2-2, 0-1 Ivy League) for a Saturday, Oct. 14 contest at Robert K. Kraft Field at Lawrence A. Wien Stadium. Kickoff is at 1:30 p.m. ET for Columbia's 73rd annual Homecoming Game.
Sophomore placekicker Oren Milstein was named the Ivy League Special Teams Player of the Week, the conference announced on Monday afternoon. Milstein earned the honor for the third time in his career as he was selected for the award on Oct. 10, 2016 and Oct. 24, 2016.
Columbia Athletics invites all alumni, friends and family members to campus this weekend as Columbia University will host its annual 2017 Homecoming weekend.
The victory gave Columbia its first 4-0 start to a season since 1996 and its fifth consecutive victory and longest win streak since 1996. The 24-point win also marked Columbia's largest margin of victory since a 28-point win over Princeton (42-14) on Oct. 2, 2010.
When Columbia's 64-player travel roster was informed that the Lions would be conducting its pre-game walk through at a "football field somewhere in New Jersey," no one assumed that it would be at 82,500-seat MetLife Stadium. The Lions were visibly moved and surprised when the team's three buses drove into the Meadowlands and pulled into the MetLife Stadium loading dock.
Columbia (3-0, 1-0 Ivy League) plays its final non-conference game of the 2017 football season when it travels to Marist (3-2, 2-1 Pioneer Football League) for a Saturday, Oct. 7 contest at Tenney Stadium at Leonidoff Field. Kickoff is at Noon ET for Marist's annual Homecoming Game.