POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. —Senior quarterback Anders Hill threw for 350 yards and three touchdowns and ran for two more scores as Columbia Football registered a 41-17 victory over Marist in its final non-conference game Saturday at Tenney Stadium. 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.

 

Columbia (4-0, 1-0 Ivy League) gets back into action next Saturday for its annual Homecoming Game against Penn at 1:30 p.m. at Robert K. Kraft Field.

 

Columbia built a 38-0 halftime lead after a dominant first half which saw its offense score on each of its first six possessions and roll up 379 offensive yards and its defense force two turnovers and hold Marist to just 69 yards of offense and 26 yards passing. Columbia also converted 8-12 third downs, 3-3 on fourth downs and controlled possession for 19 of the 30 first half minutes.

 

“In the first half we played as well as we’re capable of playing,” Columbia Patricia and Shepard Alexander Head Coach of Football Al Bagnoli said. “We threw for over 300 yards at halftime, the receivers were making great catches and there was separation with their defensive backs. The offensive line gave all types of time, Anders was sharp and the running backs were picking up their blitzes. Offensively, we played about as well as we can play. Defensively, we turned them over a couple of times. It was really a good 30 minutes of football. The trick now is to duplicate that and take it into the second half. We did a nice job today of focusing.”

 

Columbia took a 7-0 lead on the opening drive when senior quarterback Anders Hill found sophomore wide receiver Christian Everett for a five-yard touchdown pass following a 13-play, 75-yard drive.

 

After first-year defensive end Cooper Wilson forced a fumble which was recovered by first-year linebacker Justin Woodley on Marist’s ensuing drive, Columbia went up 14-0 when it drove 42 yards in 11 plays ending in a two-yard touchdown run by Hill.

 

On Marist’s next drive, senior defensive back Landon Baty jumped in front of a Marist receiver and intercepted a pass giving the Lions the ball back. On the next play, Hill hit first-year Emerson Kabus for a short pass and Kabus turned and raced 65-yards down the sideline before he was tackled at the Marist 12-yard line. Four plays later, Columbia went up 21-0 when Hill scored his second rushing touchdown on a one yard run up the middle. The score culminated a five-play, 77-yard scoring drive.

 

Columbia made it 28-0 with 11:34 to play in the second quarter when Hill found sophomore Josh Wainwright for a 69-yard pass down the middle of the field. Wainwright got past his man and Hill hit him in stride for his fourth touchdown reception of the year.

 

The Lions then took a 35-0 lead when Kabus hauled in his first career touchdown reception on a 19-yard pass from Hill with 2:14 to go in the second quarter. The play followed a six-play, 60-yard drive which was set up by a career-long 21-yard run by sophomore Tanner Thomas.

 

Sophomore Oren Milstein kicked a 39-yard field goal with 25 seconds to give the Lions their 38-0 halftime lead.

 

Marist (3-3) finally got on the board on its opening drive of the second half when running back Marcellus Calhoun found Jon Kanda for a two-yard touchdown pass. The score was setup by a 50-yard run by quarterback Mike White. Marist then tacked on a 33-yard field goal by Joe Giglio to make the score 38-10 Columbia. After Milstein kicked another 39-yard field, Marist’s Areg Nazarian followed with a 3-yard touchdown run.

 

Columbia finished the day with a season-high 491 yards of total offense. It outgained Marist in yardage 491-240 and passing yardage (350-92), converted 12 of its 19 third downs and three of its four fourth downs and scored on six of seven red zone trips. Columbia turned the ball over once and registered three takeaways including two interceptions and a fumble recovery.

 

On the day, Hill completed 23 of 33 passes for 350 yards and three touchdowns and rushed for two more. First-year wide receiver Emerson Kabus caught four passes for a career-high 114 yards and a touchdown, sophomore wide receiver Josh Wainwright led the Lions with 116 all-purpose yards, caught five passes for 89 yards and a TD and junior receiver Kyle Castner caught four passes for 65 yards. On defense, Columbia was led by Ryan Gilbert’s six tackles and two pass breakups.

 

Marist starting quarterback Mike White led the Red Foxes with 69 rushing yards on five carries but completed just five of 24 passes for 62 yards.

 

POST GAME NOTES

 

*Columbia was represented at the coin toss by its four 2017 senior captains: Landon Baty, Anders Hill, Lord Hyeamang and Bewley Wales. Marist won the toss and deferred to the second half.

 

*Today’s weather at kickoff was 74 degrees and cloudy.

 

*Columbia wore all white uniforms, white pants, white jerseys, white helmets.

 

*With its 24-point victory, Columbia registered its largest victory since a 42-14 win against Princeton on Oct. 2, 2010.

 

*With its 41 points, Columbia scored its most points in a game since it put up 41 in a 62-41 loss at Cornell on Nov. 12, 2011.

 

*The win gave Columbia its first 4-0 start since the 1996 season when it won six straight games.

 

*Columbia won its fifth consecutive game. The last time Columbia won five straight games was in 1996 when the Lions were victorious in six straight contests from Sept. 21-Nov. 2, 1996.

 

*Columbia scored 21 points in the first quarter, last time the Lions scored 21 or more points in a quarter was vs. Yale on Oct. 28, 2017 when Columbia scored 23 points in the fourth quarter.

*Columbia posted a team season-high 491 yards of total offense. The Lions have posted 400 or more yards of total offense in back-to-back games (448 vs. Princeton last week).

 

*Senior quarterback Anders Hill was responsible for five touchdowns in the game (two rushing and three passing). He threw for 350 yards and completed 23 of 33 passes and three touchdowns. His two rushing touchdowns signified a new career-high and he has now totaled five career rushing touchdowns. Combining each of the last two games against both Princeton and Marist, Hill has thrown for 750 yards and completed 50 of 73 passes for 750 yards and five touchdowns with only two interceptions.

 

*First-year Emerson Kabus finished with career-highs of four catches for 114 yards and a touchdown. His 65-yard reception marked a career-long reception and his touchdown reception marked the first of his five-game career. He also caught four passes last week against Princeton.

 

*Sophomore Josh Wainwright caught a 69-yard touchdown pass in the second quarter. It marked Columbia’s longest play from scrimmage this year. It was the second longest reception and pass for Wainwright and Hill as they hooked up for an 88-yard TD pass last year vs. Princeton. He now has four TD receptions on the year. He finished with five catches for 89 yards.

 

*Sophomore Christian Everett caught the first touchdown pass of his career, a five-yard TD on Columbia’s first drive of the game.

 

*Sophomore placekicker Oren Milstein converted a season-high two field goals, both 39-yarders. He also converted five point after attempts, is a perfect 16-16 on the year and extended his string to 32 consecutive point after attempts. He now has made three field goals on the year.

 

*First-year defensive lineman Cooper Wilson stripped a fumble in the first quarter recovered by Justin Woodley

 

*Columbia converted three fourth down conversions in the first quarter including two on its second scoring drive. It is now 6-9 on fourth down this year.

 

*Junior wide receiver Kyle Castner finished the day with a career-high four receptions for 65 yards receiving. His 27-yard reception was the longest of his career.

 

*Senior strong safety Landon Baty registered his third career interception and first of the year in the first quarter.

 

*Sophomore running back Lynnard Rose made his first appearance of the season today. He finished the day with seven carries for 32 rushing yards. He ran for a 10-yard gain in the third quarter and had a season-long 15-yard carry in the third quarter.

 

*Sophomore tight end Ben Hill made the first reception of his career in the second quarter.

 

*Junior quarterback Ryan Suitt saw his first action at quarterback this year.

 

*Sophomore defensive back Hunter Lunsford picked off the first pass of his career in the fourth quarter in his first action of the year.

 

*First-year running back Marquavious Moore made his first appearance in a Lion uniform and rushed for 15 yards on four carries.

 

*Columbia improved to 3-0 all-time vs. Marist. It was the largest victory in the three-game series. Columbia is scheduled to play Marist three more times: 2018, 2021 and 2022.