Columbia Takes on Fordham for Liberty Cup Saturday
NEW YORK - Columbia will look to build upon a thrilling opening day victory last week when they welcome Fordham to Robert K. Kraft Field at Wien Stadium. Kick-off is set for 12:30 p.m.
Take the 1 Train to the Game!
Getting to the game:
Fans can purchase tickets online or by calling 888-LIONS-11. Fans can also watch the game online via SideLION Pass with Jerry Recco and Sal Licata calling the action. WKCR 89.9 FM also will call all the action. Live stats and game notes are available.
The Series vs. Fordham
This is the 21st meeting between Fordham and Columbia dating all the way back to 1890. Columbia leads the series 12-8, but Fordham has won the last two meetings, including a 21-14 victory in 2011 at Jack Coffey Field. All-time, Columbia is 24-11-1 vs. New York City institutions of higher learning.
The Liberty Cup
Now in its 11th season, the Liberty Cup series was initiated in September of 2002 to commemorate those who lost their lives in the tragic events of September 11, 2001. Fordham leads the series 6-4.
Fordham won back-to-back Liberty Cups in 2010 and 2011. Columbia won the 2009 Cup at Jack Coffey Field, 40-28, while Fordham won the previous two matchups in 2008 and 2007.
Last Time Out For Fordham
A 176-yard rushing performance by Carlton Koonce led Fordham to rally for 28 second half points, who scored on four of their final five possessions - including one in the final minute, en route to a 34-27 Homecoming win over the Cornell Big Red at Jack Coffey Field.
Opening the Season With a POW!
Junior linebacker Zach Olinger was selected as the Ivy League Defensive Player of the Week, as announced by the conference office Monday afternoon (September 17).
In Columbia’s season-opening win over Marist, Olinger recorded 10 total tackles (six solo), a forced fumble and an interception. With Columbia leading 10-3 and Marist with a first and goal on the Columbia one-yard line, Olinger hit Calvin McCoy to jar the ball loose. Teammate Josh Martin jumped on the ball to preserve the lead for Columbia.
With the score 10-9 late in the fourth quarter, Olinger came up big again, intercepting a tipped pass to give Columbia the ball back with the opportunity to run out the clock.
Special Teams Spotlight
Special teams has been a focus for Head Coach Pete Mangurian all preseason. Sophomore Vinny Pugliese earned the team’s first-ever special teams player of the week with two huge tackles on special teams vs. Marist, both inside the 25-yard line.
The 2012 Columbia Football Season
This year marks the 142nd anniversary of Columbia’s first intercollegiate football game against Princeton in 1870. It is the 122nd competitive season of Columbia Football, and the 89th season at Baker Athletics Complex.
Can You Hear Me?
Every Columbia game can be heard on gocolumbialions.com, with Jerry Recco (play-by-play) and Sal Licata (commentary) calling the action. Student radio can be found on WKCR 89.9 FM.
The 2012 Captains
The captains representing the four classes are seniors Ryan Murphy and Sean Brackett, juniors Hamilton Garner and Zach Olinger, sophomores Augie Braddock and Steven Silvio and first-years Trevor McDonagh, Brandon Blackshear and Kevin McCarthy.
Captains by Committee
Columbia has nine captains for the 2012 season. There are two representatives from each of the sophomore, junior and senior classes, and three from the first-year class. Each game, there will be three game captains. Two will be selected from the existing group of captains and one will be the special teams player of the week from the previous game, as selected by the coaches.
First Look at the Rookies
Columbia welcomes 30 rookies to the 2012 Columbia Football team. Against Fordham, there are eight first-years listed in the two deep.
Mark Your Calendars
Columbia’s annual Homecoming game will take place on Saturday, October 20 at 1:30 p.m. vs. Dartmouth. Prior to the game, Columbia Athletics will officially dedicate the Campbell Sports Center. The flagship of Columbia’s athletic renewal at Baker Athletics Complex, the Campbell Sports Center is the first new athletics building since the Marcellus Hartley Dodge Physical Fitness Center was built in the mid-1970s.
Football Hall of Famers
On Thursday, October 18, two days before Columbia’s Homecoming game, five former football players and the 1933 Rose Bowl championship team will be inducted into Columbia’s Athletics Hall of Fame. William Morley, class of 1902, Harold Weekes, class of 1903, Ted Gregory, class of 1974, Des Werthman, class of 1993 and Robert K. Kraft, class of 1963, and the 1933 team will join the list of 15 formers players, two former coaches and the 1961 Ivy League championship team as Athletics Hall of Famers.
Football Leads the Social Lions
You can follow the 2012 Columbia Football season on social media!
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Columbia has two sets of brothers on its roster this year. Senior running back Nick Gerst is joined by younger brother Mike Gerst this year in the backfield. Sophomore wide receiver John Keefe is also joined by his younger brother this year, rookie linebacker Max Keefe.
Break it Down
Here is a breakdown of the Columbia squad, year by year and position by position:
Defensive Backs: 17
Defensive Linemen: 13
Offensive Linemen: 15
Running Backs: 9
Tight Ends: 5
Wide Receivers: 15
Take the Train to the Game
Columbia fans have several public transportation options when traveling to home football games at Baker Athletics Complex. The 1 train will make regular stops at 215th Street and the A train stops nearby at 207th Street. Fans can also take the Metro North train on the Hudson line, which stops at Marble Hill, just across the bridge from Baker Athletics Complex.
Follow the Lions Online
Columbia fans who can’t make it to the game can follow the action LIVE online via the SideLION Pass and live stats. Lions fans can also follow Columbia Athletics all season long on Facebook and Twitter!
2012 Announcers on GoColumbiaLions.com
Catch live Columbia Football audio and video broadcasts online exclusively on gocolumbialions.com. Local New York sportscaster Jerry Recco returns for his fifth year of play-by-play on gocolumbialions.com, and will be joined by SNY personality Sal Licata for the 2010 football season.
About Jerry Recco:
A well-known media personality within the City of New York, Jerry Recco begins his seventh year as the play-by-play announcer for Columbia Football. Recco has worked with The Flagship Station for New York Sports, WFAN 660, for the past 13 years and has covered the last six Super Bowls for the station. He has worked closely with the New York Jets and New York Giants during his tenure, and currently serves as the morning sports anchor for the Boomer and Carton Show and and is the pre-post and halftime host for Dallas Cowboys Football on Compass Media Networks.
About Sal Licata:
Sal is begining his third year as a commentator for Columbia Football. He's a New York sports personality that can currently be seen on SportsNet New York. Sal is a regular on SNY's "The Wheelhouse" & "Geico SportsNite" & fills in on other shows. He is also a host of MLB.com's "Full Count" on Yahoo Sports. Sal worked at WFAN radio for over seven years prior to joining SNY in July of 2010.