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Columbia Opens Ivy League Football Season at Princeton on Saturday

Courtesy: Columbia University Athletics
          Release: 09/28/2011
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NEW YORK - On Saturday, October 1 at 6 p.m., Columbia will travel to New Jersey to face Princeton in the Ivy League football opener for both teams. 

Columbia will sponsor a fan bus to the game, leaving from 116th Street and Broadway at 3:30 p.m. sharp. Space is limited so please RSVP to Gretchen Schueler to make your reservation!

The Lions have won the last two meetings in the series with Princeton, including a 38-0 victory at Princeton Stadium in 2009.  Both teams will be looking for their first wins of the year, however, as each squad enters with an 0-2 record.

The Columbia Alumni Association is sponsoring a tailgate reception for all alumni and friends before Saturday's game.  Fans can enjoy a pre-game dinner, dessert and beverages with alumni, family and friends.  For more information, visit the Columbia Alumni Association website or RSVP online.  Any questions, email Michaela Shank '07PH

Those who cannot make it to the game can follow all the action online at gocolumbialions.com with Jerry Recco and Sal Licata providing the call.  Fans can also watch live video of the game on SideLION Pass courtesy of Princeton's department.

TWO MORE
Columbia has defeated Princeton in the last two seasons, marking Columbia’s first two-game win streak vs. the Tigers in school history.  Columbia has outscored the Tigers 80-14 in the last two meetings, including a 42-14 victory vs. Princeton last year in New York.

A BRACKETT ABOVE
Columbia junior quarterback Sean Brackett tied a Columbia record with five touchdown passes in a single game in Columbia’s 42-14 win over Princeton in 2010. Columbia scored two touchdowns in a 20-second span in the final minute of the first half to take a 21-7 lead at the break, and didn’t look back.

A GERST OF SPEED
Nick Gerst, who rushed for 56 yards vs. Albany, had 124 yards rushing vs. Princeton in 2010. 

CATCH AND RELEASE
Versus Fordham, seniors Mike Stephens and Kurt Williams each totaled more than 100 yards receiving marking the first time since 2003 that two Columbia receivers have done so in the same game.  On October 11, 2003 vs. Lafayette, Travis Chmelka hauled in nine passes for 116 yards and Zach Van Zant caught seven balls for 123 yards and a touchdown.

GRINDING TO A HALT
Columbia held Fordham to just 77 yards rushing behind the stellar play of its defensive line. The line combined for 17 tackles, three sacks and five tackles for a loss.  In particular, Seyi Adebayo posted three tackles for a loss and added a sack.
 
WELCOME BACK
Players that missed most of last season due to injury had quite a season-opener. Senior wide receiver Mike Stephens recorded a career-high 105 yards receiving with a touchdown and 47 yards returning, while senior defensive lineman Owen Fraser had four solo tackles and a sack in the loss to Fordham.

CAN YOU HEAR ME?
Every Columbia game can be heard on gocolumbialions.com, with Jerry Recco (play-by-play) and Sal Licata (commentary) calling the action. Student radio can be found on WKCR 89.9 FM with Sam Tydings calling the game and Carolyn Costa and Gigi Clark providing commentary.

LAST TIME OUT FOR COLUMBIA
Albany scored 20 unanswered points in the third quarter to defeat Columbia 44-21.

LAST TIME OUT FOR PRINCETON
Bucknell rushed for 153 yards and passed for 138, defeating Princeton 34-9.

SHARING THE WEALTH
Against Albany, 12 different Columbia players caught a pass.  Senior Paul Havas led the way with four catches, including a touchdown. Sophomore tight end Hamilton Garner, in his second career game, had three receptions for 47 yards.

HEADS UP, KID
First-year Connor Nelligan made a heads up play after an Albany defender intercepted a Hail Mary pass at the end of the first half last week. The defender fumbled while trying to return the interception from the goal line and Nelligan pounced on the ball and lunged back toward the goal line for a touchdown, his first of his collegiate career.

LIONS RUSHING THE QUARTERBACK
After two games, Columbia’s defense ranks second in the Ivy League with four quarterback sacks. Harvard leads the league with five sacks.

THIRD AND LONG
Columbia’s defense has been a staunch unit on third downs so far this season. The Lions have allowed opponents to convert just 35.5% of their third down opportunities during the first two games.

TIME IS ON MY SIDE
Over the first two games of the season, the Lions are first in the Ivy League in time of possession. Columbia has held the ball for an average of 32:52.

TEAMMATES LAUNCH HIGH SCHOOL MENTORING PROGRAM
Junior Andrew Heinrich has teamed up with a number of his Columbia teammates to launch a high school mentoring program that is expanding around the country.  Known as Project Rousseau, more information can be found at projectrousseau.org.

YOUR 2011 COLUMBIA FOOTBALL CAPTAINS
Seniors Mike Stephens, Ross Morand, Bob Hauschildt and junior Sean Brackett were elected as captains for the 2011 Columbia Football season.

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