Football Returns Home To Face Harvard On Children's Cancer Awareness Day
GAME NOTES (.pdf)
COLUMBIA (0-7, 0-4) VS. HARVARD (6-1, 3-1)
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 9 • 12:30 P.M.
CHILDREN'S CANCER AWARENESS DAY
ROBERT K. KRAFT FIELD • NEW YORK
Video & Audio Stream: Ivy League Digital Network (Subscription Required for Video)
Columbia Athletics will be hosting its first-ever CHILDREN’S CANCER AWARENESS GAME!
The Hope & Heroes Children’s Cancer Fund provides philanthropic assistance to the Division of Pediatric Hematology, Oncology and Stem Cell Transplantation at Columbia University Medical Center. The fund’s mission is to support and expand existing programs and therapies at the Center, develop new initiatives and enhance the research that is vital to continuing the fight against pediatric cancer and blood disorders. Fans are encouraged to learn more about the Hope & Heroes Children’s Cancer Fund at http://www.hopeandheroes.org!
For this special Ivy League Football contest, donations will be collected at the game and given to the Hope & Heroes Children's Cancer Fund for children’s cancer treatment. Columbia Football is proud to welcome patients and their families to be recognized at the game!
The first 500 fans will receive a gold wristband commemorating this special day.
TAKE THE 1 TRAIN TO THE GAME
Getting to the game:
COLUMBIA/HARVARD SERIES HISTORY
Saturday’s meeting between the Lions and Crimson will be the 71st all-time meeting between the schools dating back to 1877. Harvard has won nine-straight and holds a 56-13-1 record in the series. Columbia’s last victory came in 2003 after a 16-13 triumph at Wien Stadium.
LAST TIME OUT FOR HARVARD
Andrew Flesher nailed a 23-yard field goal with 48 seconds remaining to lift the Harvard past Dartmouth, 24-21 last Saturday. The back-and-forth game began in the second half after a touchdown return for a touchdown gave the Big Green a 14-13 lead. A 32-yard reverse-option TD pass from Ricky Zorn to Tyler Hamblin gave the lead right back to the Crimson, but Dartmouth tied the game with a 78-yard drive that led to a touchdown. From there, both defenses held firm until Flesher’s late-game heroics.
On the ground, Paul Stanton, Jr. ran 26 times for 146 yards.
WELCOME BACK CONNORS
After missing the first part of the season due to injury, sophomore wide receiver caught nine passes for 81 yards at Yale last weekend, re-establishing himself as one of Columbia’s top targets.
HURT SO GOOD
Sophomore JD Hurt has developed into one of Columbia’s most dependable defensive lineman this season. Hurt made a career-best eight tackles at Yale on Nov. 2 and has at least five stops in the last three games to go with an interception and fumble recovery.
EAST-BOUND AND DOWN
Senior Brian East’s 27-yard interception return for a touchdown marked the second straight year a Columbia linebacker had a pick-six. Teammate Zach Olinger ran an interception back 14 yards last year at Lehigh. Earlier this season, East continued his knack of recovering fumbles, picking up two loose balls at Fordham on Sept. 21. East also recovered two fumbles last season to rank second in the Ivy League in that category.
MUST SEE TV
Saturday’s last two games at Cornell (Nov. 16) and against Brown (Nov. 23) will be broadcast on FOX College Sports (FCS) after they acquired the rights to seven additonal Ivy League contests to compliment the conference’s package with NBCSN. In total, the Lions will be seen on television five times. Oct. 4 showdown at Princeton was aired on ESPN3 while the Oct. 12 game against Lehigh was broadcast by NBCSN and Columbia’s Nov. 2 game at Yale was aired on the YES Network.
The Lions special teams coverage, both in the kicking and punting game, has been outstanding through six games this season. Columbia ranks first in FCS, limiting opponents to 13.2 yards per kickoff return and its net punting average of 38.9 ranks 10th in the nation.
The Lions defense has been effective in keeping teams off the scoreboard in the red zone this season, holding their opponents to a 73% scoring percentage inside the 20 to rank 23rd in FCS. Additionally, four of Columbia’s turnovers have been created in the red zone.
After posting 14 tackles against Penn on Oct. 19, senior Zach Olinger took over the Ivy League lead in that category and now has 69 for the season. Earlier this year at Princeton, the standout linebacker posted a season-best 15 tackles. Olinger checks in at No. 24 in FCS, averaging just under 10 stops per game.