Columbia Set for Homecoming Game Against Dartmouth Saturday
NEW YORK - Columbia will take on Ivy League rival Dartmouth at Robert K. Kraft Field at Wien Stadium on Saturday on Homecoming Weekend. Kick-off is set for 1:30 p.m.
Take the 1 Train to the Game!
Getting to the game:
- From Downtown/Brooklyn/Queens: Take the 1 train to 215th Street and walk three blocks to the Baker Athletics Complex.
- Alternate: Take the A train to 207th Street and Broadway. Walk uptown on Broadway to the Baker Athletics Complex at 218th Street.
- Alternate: Take the Metro North train on the Hudson line from Grand Central Station or Harlem-125th Street to the Marble Hill station at West 225th Street. Walk one block east to Broadway and seven blocks south, across the Bronx-Manhattan Bridge to the Baker Athletics Complex.
- From Uptown/Bronx: Take the 1 train to 215th Street and walk three blocks to the Baker Athletics Complex.
- Going Downtown/Brooklyn/Queens: Walk three blocks from the Baker Athletics Complex and take the 1 train to 215th Street.
- Alternate: Walk to 207th Street. Take the A TRAIN to appropriate stop.
- Alternate: Take the Metro North train from the Marble Hill station at West 225th Street. Walk seven blocks north and one block west to the Marble Hill stop and take the train going southbound to Grand Central Station or Harlem-125th Street.
- Going Uptown/Bronx: Walk three blocks to 215th Street. Take the 1 train from 215th Street to the appropriate stop.
Fans can purchase tickets online or by calling 888-LIONS-11. Fans can also watch the game online via SideLION Pass with Jerry Recco and Sal Licata calling the action. WKCR 89.9 FM also will call all the action. Live stats and game notes are available.The Series
Today marks the 83rd meeting between Columbia and Dartmouth, dating all the way back to 1899. The Big Green holds a 64-17-1 advantage in the all-time series. Last year, Dartmouth won the annual contest, 37-0, in Hanover, N.H.
Last Time Out for Dartmouth
The Big Green allowed Sacred Heart’s Keshaudas Spence to run for 138 yards and three touchdowns in a 27-10 defeat last Saturday. Dartmouth held a 10-6 lead after the first quarter, aided by a 79-yard kickoff return, but surrendered touchdowns in the final three quarters to seal its fate.The Big Green were without the Ivy League’s second leading rusher Dominick Pierre and their top receiver Michael Reilly due to injury.
Last Time Out for Columbia
Columbia held a 10-point lead going into the final 10 minutes of the game, but could not hang on, as they lost a 24-20 heartbreaker at Penn. With 2:26 on the clock, the Quakers drove down the field and scored what proved to be the game-winning touchdown with just 50 seconds remaining. Columbia took the ball deep into Penn territory on its ensuing possession, but Connor Nelligan was tackled at the two-yard line as time expired to end the rally.
This weekend’s contest marks Columbia’s annual Homecoming game. 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, 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.
Cool Foot Luke
With a pair of PAT’s at Penn last weekend, place-kicker Luke Eddy became Columbia’s all-time leader in that category with 58. He broke the previous record held by Jon Rocholl, who played from 2005-08.
On the ‘Marc’
Marcorus Garrett rushed for 118 yards on 19 carries with a touchdown at Penn last Saturday. The junior RB eclipsed 100 yards rushing for the third time this season, making him the first Lion to accomplish the feat since Ayo Oluwoloe in 2003. Heading into this week’s matchup, Garrett is ranked second in the conference, averaging 108.6 YPG.
Movin’ On Up
Senior QB Sean Brackett moved into the Ivy League’s top 10 all-time in total offense with 6,526 career yards. He enters the week 189 yards behind former Harvard star and current Buffalo Bills starting quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick. He also ranks 12th in Ivy League history with 40 passing touchdowns, just one shy of 10th and six shy of eighth place all-time.
Junior linebacker Zach Olinger continued his strong season with a 10 tackle (five solo) effort at Penn last Saturday. Olinger is currently second in the Ivy League with 50 tackles on the season.
Front and Center
At 3.00 sacks per game, Columbia currently ranks 10th in the FCS. Through five games, the Lions’ defensive line and linebackers have combined for more than 190 tackles, including 29.5 for a loss, 13 sacks, three forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries.
Football Leads the Social Lions
You can follow the 2012 Columbia Football season on social media!
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2012 Ivy League Football Preseason Media Poll
Predicted Order of Finish, First-Place Votes in Parentheses
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.