Columbia Football opens the 2009 season at Fordham on Saturday, September 19.
NOTES AND NEWS
CAN YOU HEAR ME?
Every Columbia game can be heard on gocolumbialions.com with Jerry Recco (play-by-play) and Jake Novak (color) calling the action. Additional radio coverage can be found on WKCR 89.9 FM with Destin Jenkins providing play-by-play.
THE LIBERTY CUP GAME
Saturday marks the eighth Liberty Cup contest; the 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 4-3.
Columbia and Fordham are meeting for the 18th time with the Lions holding a 11-6 series advantage. Columbia is now 23-9-1 all-time vs. New York City institutions of higher learning.
SCOUTING THE RAMS
In the Air - The Rams' senior quarterback, John Skelton, became Fordham's all-time leader in pass completions in the Rhode Island game after setting the school career mark for passing yards last year. Skelton has 546 career completions for 6,517 yards and is just one touchdown pass shy of tying the school career record.
On the Ground - Junior running back Xavier Martin rushed for 1,237 yards last season, becoming just the sixth player in Fordham history to do so. Martin had 155 yards vs. the Lions in last year's contest.
SENSATIONAL SIX LEAD THE WAY
It is only fitting that on Columbia's largest team in recent years, they have the most captains in school history - a cool half dozen. Seniors M.A. Olawale, Austin Knowlin, Taylor Joseph, John Seiler, Lou Miller and junior Alex Gross were all chosen as captains for the 2009 season.
On opening days, Columbia has played only three teams more frequently than Fordham (this is the tenth opening-game meeting). Columbia has played Harvard 27 times and Brown and Rutgers tied with 11 meetings each for season-openers. Columbia has also faced Lafayette eight times in an opening game.
FIRST OF ALL
Columbia is 62-50-6 all-time in season openers. The Lions are 1-2 in openers under Coach Wilson.
Austin Knowlin and Lou Miller were named to preseason All-America teams by different publications. Knowlin was named to the The Sports Network (TSN) Preseason FCS All-America team (first team), College Sporting News Preseason All-America Team (second team) and the Consensus Draft Services All-America Team (second team). Miller earned a spot on the Consensus Draft Services second team.
AcKnowledging THE RECORD BOOKS
Austin Knowlin needs just 20 receptions to become Columbia's all-time leader in pass receptions and just 479 yards to be Columbia's all-time leading receiver. Knowlin currently stands third all-time, needing 302 yards to move to second, surpassing Don Lewis and a record that has stood since 1983.
I KNOW YOU!
Offensive Line Coach Ed Argast served as the Rams' offensive coordinator for three seasons prior to joining the Columbia staff in 2009.