Columbia Hosts Cornell in Empire State Bowl III Saturday
NEW YORK - Columbia returns to Robert K. Kraft Field on Saturday to take on Cornell in the third installment of the Empire State Bowl. 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.The Series
If I Could Be Like Mike
A week after being named Columbia’s John Toner Homecoming Player of the Game on Oct. 20, senior LB Mike Waller played another standout game against Yale on Oct. 27. Waller was named Ivy League Defensive Player of the Week after forcing a pair of fumbles, including a crucial one as the Bulldogs were trying to run out the clock in the fourth quarter, and making six tackles.
The Wayne, N.J. native posted 13 tackles against Dartmouth and became the fourth recipient of the Toner Award, joining Lou Miller, Alex Gross, and Ross Morand on the list.
Wide receiver Connor Nelligan posted 11 receptions for a career-high 138 yards against Yale. It marked the sophomore’s second 100+ yard receving game of the year after a breakout performance against Princeton where he made 11 grabs for 102 yards. Nelligan has emerged as the Lions’ go-to target and is currently ranked fifth in the Ivy League in receptions.
Front and Center
Through seven games, the Lions’ defensive line and linebackers have been a disruptive force for opposing offenses. Columbia is averaging 2.75 sacks per game, and the front seven have combined for more than 320 tackles, including 43 for a loss, 20 sacks, six forced fumbles, four interceptions, and six fumble recoveries.
Freshman Trevor McDonagh made his collegiate debut against Yale, going 5-for-7 for 41 yards in limited action. McDonagh saw a bigger chunk of playing time at Harvard, going 9-for-20 for 125 yards. Head coach Pete Mangurian expects McDonaugh and fellow freshman QB Hank Trumbull to get in-game reps for the remainder of the season.
Movin’ On Up
Senior QB Sean Brackett moved into the Ivy League’s top 10 all-time in total offense and last week surpassed former Harvard star and current Buffalo Bills starting quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick for eighth place with 6,758 yards. His 43 career passing touchdowns puts him in sole posession of 10th place on the Ivy League career list.
In addition, Brackett ranks in the top-three in every Columbia career quarterback category. His TD and total offensive yardage numbers put him second all-time, while his 493 total completions and 5,869 passing yards rank third in each respective category.
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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.