Columbia Returns to Ivy League Play at Penn Saturday
This is the 91st game between Columbia and Penn dating back to 1878, with the Quakers leading the series 68-21-1. It marks the second Ivy League game of the season for both teams. Last year, Penn edged the Lions, 27-20, at Wien Stadium on Homecoming after stringing together a touchdown drive in the final moments of the game.
Last Time Out for Penn
Some costly turnovers put Penn in a deep hole, but the Quakers fought their way back and had a chance to win on the game’s final play. Senior Billy Ragone’s pass to the back of the end zone was batted down as time expired and William & Mary held on for a 34-28 win last Saturday.
Last Time Out for Columbia
Columbia dropped its third straight game after a 35-14 loss at Lehigh on Saturday. The Mountain Hawks scored on their opening drive and never trailed in the contest. Marcorus Garrett rushed for 81 yards and a touchdown, while linebacker Zach Olinger recorded 12 tackles and provided the Lions other touchdown after an interception and 14-yard return for his first career score.
Junior linebacker Zach Olinger continued his strong season with a 12 tackle (10 solo), one TFL, and an interception return for a touchdown at Lehigh last weekend. Olinger is currently tied for second in the Ivy League with 40 tackles on the season.
Front and Center
At 3.00 sacks per game, Columbia currently ranks tied for seventh in the FCS. Through four games, the Lions’ defensive line and linebackers have combined for more than 150 tackles, including 22 for a loss, 10 sacks, three forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries. Junior LB Zach Olinger’s interception return for touchdown at Lehigh was the first pick six of his career.
Sophomore wide receiver Connor Nelligan had a breakout game against Princeton, 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 against Princeton, posting nine tackles, with four TFLs and a sack. For his efforts, Patterson was named to the Ivy League Weekly Honor Roll.
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 Lions since November 2009. It was also the first consecutive 100+yard rushing games since Jordan Davis did so in 2007. Heading into this week’s matchup, Garrett is ranked fourth in the conference, averaging 106.2 YPG.
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
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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:
Defensive Backs: 17
Defensive Linemen: 13
Offensive Linemen: 15
Running Backs: 9
Tight Ends: 5
Wide Receivers: 15
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.