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Columbia Faces First Road Test at No. 10/11 Lehigh Saturday

Courtesy: Columbia University Athletics
          Release: 10/03/2012
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The Series
This is the 17th game between Columbia and Lehigh dating back to 1899, with Lehigh leading the series 10-5-1. It marks the final non-conference game of the season for both teams. The teams have not faced off since 1999, with the Mountain Hawks winning that game by a 63-13 margin in Bethlehem.

Last Time Out for Lehigh
The Mountain Hawks improved to 5-0 on the season as Jake Peery’s 22-yard field goal as time expired propelled Lehigh to a 34-31 win over Fordham last weekend. Peery was named Patriot League Special Teams Player of the Week, while sophomore defensive lineman Tim Newton earned Defensive Player of the Week honors after recording a career-high six tackles and two sacks versus the Rams.

Last Time Out for Columbia
Columbia fell behind 14-0 after a pair of special teams touchdowns and could never recover, falling to Princeton, 33-6, in its Ivy League opener last Saturday. Sophomore wide out Connor Nelligan led the offense with 11 catches for 102 yards, while Mike Waller led all players with 10 tackles.

Whoa, Nellie
Sophomore wide receiver Connor Nelligan had a breakout game against Princeton last Saturday, grabbing 11 receptions for 102 yards. Both were career highs and 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 last weekend, posting nine tackles, with four TFLs and a sack. For his efforts, Patterson was named to the Ivy League Weekly Honor Roll.
 
Front and Center
Through three games, the Columbia defensive line and linebackers have combined for more than 120 tackles, 20 for a loss, 10 sacks, three forced fumbles, and three fumble recoveries.

Sack Attack
With 3.67 sacks per game, Columbia currently ranks second in the nation (Football Championship Subdivision). Two weeks ago, against Fordham, the Lions totaled nine tackles for a loss for 43 yards, added three fumble recoveries and three sacks.

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 Lion since November 2009. It was also the first consecutive 100+yard rushing games since Columbia great Johnathan Reese did so in 2001.

Lou DiNovo’s Best
After missing the season opener with an injury, Lou DiNovo led all receivers with five catches for 91 yards and a touchdown – a single-game career-high for DiNovo. His 91 yards was almost half of his total for all of 2011.  His 60-yard touchdown reception was the longest TD reception of the year for Columbia. 

Pressure Up Front

Versus Fordham, Columbia’s defensive line combined for 5.5 tackles for a loss, all three sacks and 19 tackles. Senior Josh Martin led the line with seven tackles.

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!

Twitter   @ColumbiaLionsFB   @PeteMangurian
Facebook   Columbia Football Pete Mangurian
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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