Columbia Opens Ivy League Play Against Princeton Saturday
NEW YORK - Columbia will take on Ivy League rival Princeton to Robert K. Kraft Field at Wien Stadium on Saturday in both teams conference debut. Kick-off is set for 12:30 p.m.
Take the 1 Train to the Game!
Getting to the game:
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.
This is the 82nd game between Columbia and Princeton dating back to 1874, with Princeton leading the series 65-15-1. This is the Ivy League opener for both teams, and Columbia’s third consecutive home game. While the Tigers are looking for their first win of the season, Columbia is looking to defeat Princeton for the third time in four years.
Last Time Out for Princeton
A 33-yard field goal by Georgetown’s Matt MacZura with 14 seconds remaining capped a game-winning 72-yard drive for the Hoyas, who punctuated Princeton’s 2012 home opener with a heart-breaking 21-20 loss.
Last Time Out for Columbia
Columbia failed to convert on two trips in the red zone, falling to Fordham 20-13 in the 11th annual Liberty Cup game. Marcorus Garrett rushed for 168 yards and Zach Olinger totaled 14 tackles in the loss.
Last Year vs. Princeton
Princeton used 227 yards of rushing offense to defeat Columbia 24-21 at Princeton Stadium. The loss snapped a two game win streak vs. the Tigers.
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.
With 4.0 sacks per game, Columbia currently ranks third in the nation (Football Championship Subdivision). Against Fordham, the Lions totaled nine tackles for a loss for 43 yards, added three fumble recoveries and three sacks.
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.