Columbia Readies for Yale Saturday
NEW YORK - Columbia returns to Robert K. Kraft Field on Saturday to take on Yale. Kick-off is set for 12:30 p.m. and will be televised by the YES Network.
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.
This will mark the 89th meeting between Columbia and Yale, dating all the way back to 1872. The Bulldogs hold a 68-18-2 advantage in the all-time series. Last year, Yale edged the Lions, 16-13, in a snowstorm at Robert K. Kraft Field.
Last Time Out for Yale
Despite the loss of starting QB Eric Williams, the Bulldogs pulled out a 27-13 victory against Penn last weekend. Yale rushed for 203 yards on the day, including 96 from RB Tyler Varga. The Quakers took an early 7-0 lead, but the Elis scored 10 unanaswered on just two possessions in the second quarter. An early turnover by Penn in the third quarter set up another Yale touchdown as they cruised to the win.
Last Time Out for Columbia
Columbia battled back from a fourth quarter deficit to take a 16-14 lead late in the game, but a last-minute drive by Dartmouth lifted the Big Green to a 21-16 win. Marcorus Garrett rushed for 72 yards and a touchdown. The Lions defense forced a pair of turnovers (an interception and fumble recovery) and blocked a field goal in the game.
Must See TV
In addition to being able to view the game on SideLION, Saturday’s contest can be seen on the YES Network. Chris Shearn handles the play-by-play, with color commentary by Jack Ford and Ross Tucker.
If I Could Be Like Mike
Senior DB Mike Waller was named Columbia’s John Toner Homecoming Player of the Game last week after recording an interception and making 13 tackles against Dartmouth. Waller is the fourth recipient of the award, joining Lou Miller, Alex Gross, and Ross Morand on the list.
On the ‘Marc’
Heading into this week’s matchup, Marcorus Garrett is ranked third in the conference in rushing, averaging 102.5 YPG. Garrett’s 118 yards on the ground against Penn on Oct. 13 was his third 100+ rushing effort of the year, making him the first Lion to accomplish the feat since Ayo Oluwoloe in 2003. For the year, he has 615 rushing yards and is 162 away from cracking the top-five highest single-season totals in Columbia history.
Movin’ On Up
Senior QB Sean Brackett moved into the Ivy League’s top 10 all-time in total offense and last week surpassed former Harvard star and current Buffalo Bills starting quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick for eighth place with 6,722 yards. His 41 career passing touchdowns also moves him into a tie for 10th on the Ivy League career list.
In addition, Brackett ranks in the top-three in every Columbia career quarterback category. His TD and total offensive yardage numbers put him second all-time, while his 454 total completions and 5,498 passing yards rank third in each respective category.
Cool Foot Luke
With a pair of PAT’s at Penn, place-kicker Luke Eddy became Columbia’s all-time leader in that category with 58. He broke the previous record held by Jon Rocholl, who played from 2005-08. With another extra-point against Dartmouth, Eddy has 59 for his career.
Junior linebacker Zach Olinger continued his strong season with a 10 tackle (five solo) effort at Penn. Olinger is currently second in the Ivy League with 56 tackles on the season.
Front and Center
At 3.00 sacks per game, Columbia is currently tied for seventh place in the FCS. Through six games, the Lions’ defensive line and linebackers have combined for more than 230 tackles, including 35 for a loss, 16 sacks, four forced fumbles and four fumble recoveries.
Sophomore wide receiver Connor Nelligan had a breakout game against Princeton, grabbing 11 receptions for 102 yards. Both were career highs and Nelligan is currently ranked seventh in the Ivy League in receptions.
Big Willy Style
Defensive end Will Patterson had a stellar game on the line for the Lions against Princeton, posting nine tackles, with four TFLs and a sack. For his efforts, Patterson was named to the Ivy League Weekly Honor Roll.
Twice a Rush
Marcorus Garrett’s 168-yard performance vs. Fordham was his second consecutive 100+ yard rushing game and the most rushing yards by a Lions since November 2009. It was also the first consecutive 100+yard rushing games since Ray Rangel did it in 2009.
Football Leads the Social Lions
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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
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.