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The 2012 Columbia Football Seniors
Courtesy: Columbia University Athletics/Gene Boyars

Columbia Hosts Cornell in Empire State Bowl III Saturday

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NEW YORK - Columbia returns to Robert K. Kraft Field on Saturday to take on Cornell in the third installment of the Empire State Bowl. Kick-off is set for 12:30 p.m.

Take the 1 Train to the Game!

Getting to the game:

  • From Downtown/Brooklyn/Queens: Take the 1 train to 215th Street and walk three blocks to the Baker Athletics Complex.
  • Alternate: Take the A train to 207th Street and Broadway. Walk uptown on Broadway to the Baker Athletics Complex at 218th Street.
  • Alternate: Take the Metro North train on the Hudson line from Grand Central Station or Harlem-125th Street to the Marble Hill station at West 225th Street.  Walk one block east to Broadway and seven blocks south, across the Bronx-Manhattan Bridge to the Baker Athletics Complex.
  • From Uptown/Bronx: Take the 1 train to 215th Street and walk three blocks to the Baker Athletics Complex.

Getting home:

  • Going Downtown/Brooklyn/Queens: Walk three blocks from the Baker Athletics Complex and take the 1 train to 215th Street.
  • Alternate: Walk to 207th Street. Take the A TRAIN to appropriate stop.
  • Alternate: Take the Metro North train from the Marble Hill station at West 225th Street.  Walk seven blocks north and one block west to the Marble Hill stop and take the train going southbound to Grand Central Station or Harlem-125th Street.
  • Going Uptown/Bronx: Walk three blocks to 215th Street. Take the 1 train from 215th Street to the appropriate stop.

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
This will mark the 100th meeting between Columbia and Cornell, dating all the way back to 1889. The Big Red lead the all-time series 62-35-3. Cornell claimed a wild 62-41 shootout victory in Ithaca, N.Y. last season. The Lions led by six at the half, but the Big Red rattled off 27 unanswered points in the second half to pick up the win.

Last Time Out for Cornell
The Big Red committed three first quarter turnovers and fell to Dartmouth, 44-28, on Saturday. Jeff Mathews threw for 315 yards to become Cornell’s all-time leading passer, but also threw three interceptions in the loss. Grant Gellatly collected 126 all-purpose yards and added a pair of scores.

Last Time Out for Columbia
The Lions surrendered 35 second quarter points as they were shutout at Harvard last week. Zach Olinger made a game-high 14 tackles and the defensive line continued to get pressure on the quarterback, recording three sacks.

Empire State Bowl III
For years, the Cornell and Columbia matchup was unofficially called the “Empire State Bowl” by fans, but in 2010, the annual contest was officially dubbed under that moniker. Columbia will look to claim the traveling trophy for the first time since its inception.

Honoring the Seniors
Prior to kickoff, Columbia Athletics will honor the 23 senior members of the football team who will be playing their final game at Robert K. Kraft Field.
 
On the ‘Marc’
Junior Marcorus Garrett joined an elite group of Columbia players, eclipsing 1,000 yards rushing for his career last week. Heading into this week’s matchup, Marcorus Garrett is ranked fourth in the conference in rushing, averaging 89.2 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 714 rushing yards and is 63 away from cracking the top-five highest single-season totals in Columbia history.

Safety Dance
Columbia’s defense recorded its first safety in a decade after tackling Yale RB Connor Vargas in the endzone on Saturday. The Lions last safety came on October 5, 2002 against Princeton.

Offensive Explosion
Columbia posted season-highs with 26 points and 529 yards of total offense in its win over Yale on Oct. 27. The Lions’ 27 first downs was the second highest total for the program since October 11, 1975, when they moved the chains 30 times against Harvard. Last season, in a shootout against Cornell, the Lions posted 25 first downs.

If I Could Be Like Mike
A week after being named Columbia’s John Toner Homecoming Player of the Game on Oct. 20,  senior LB Mike Waller played another standout game against Yale on Oct. 27. Waller was named Ivy League Defensive Player of the Week after forcing a pair of fumbles, including a crucial one as the Bulldogs were trying to run out the clock in the fourth quarter, and making six tackles.

The Wayne, N.J. native posted 13 tackles against Dartmouth and became the fourth recipient of the Toner Award, joining Lou Miller, Alex Gross, and Ross Morand on the list.

Whoa, Nellie
Wide receiver Connor Nelligan posted 11 receptions for a career-high 138 yards against Yale. It marked the sophomore’s second 100+ yard receving game of the year after a breakout performance against Princeton where he made 11 grabs for 102 yards. Nelligan has emerged as the Lions’ go-to target and is currently ranked fifth in the Ivy League in receptions.

Front and Center
Through seven games, the Lions’ defensive line and linebackers have been a disruptive force for opposing offenses. Columbia is averaging 2.75 sacks per game, and the front seven have combined for more than 320 tackles, including 43 for a loss, 20 sacks, six forced fumbles, four interceptions, and six fumble recoveries.

Opening Act
Freshman Trevor McDonagh made his collegiate debut against Yale, going 5-for-7 for 41 yards in limited action. McDonagh saw a bigger chunk of playing time at Harvard, going 9-for-20 for 125 yards. Head coach Pete Mangurian expects McDonaugh and fellow freshman QB Hank Trumbull to get in-game reps for the remainder of the season.

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 6,758 yards. His 43 career passing touchdowns puts him in sole posession of 10th place 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 493 total completions  and 5,869 passing yards rank third in each respective category.

Football Leads the Social Lions
You can follow the 2012 Columbia Football season on social media!

Twitter   @ColumbiaLionsFB   @PeteMangurian
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WordPress   Pete Mangurian's Blog    

Live Updates
Columbia Football’s Twitter account, @columbialionsfb, will have live updates each quarter of every football game - home or away. FOLLOW @columbialionsfb today!

Poll Position
2012 Ivy League Football Preseason Media Poll
Predicted Order of Finish, First-Place Votes in Parentheses

  School  Points
1.  Harvard (13)   132
2. Penn (2) 111
3. Cornell (2) 100
4. Brown   84
5. Yale   66
6. Dartmouth   52
7. Columbia   36
8. Princeton   31

Brotherly Love
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:

Seniors: 23
Juniors: 20
Sophomores: 22
Freshmen: 30

Defensive Backs: 17
Defensive Linemen: 13
Linebackers: 11
Offensive Linemen: 15
Quarterbacks: 5
Running Backs: 9
Tight Ends: 5
Wide Receivers: 15
Kickers/Punters: 5

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.

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