Columbia Takes On No. 14/17 Lehigh on NBCSN Saturday
GAME NOTES (.pdf)
COLUMBIA (0-3) VS. No. 14/17 LEHIGH (4-1)
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 12 • NOON
SOCIAL MEDIA DAY
ROBERT K. KRAFT FIELD AT WIEN STADIUM • NEW YORK
TV: NBCSN (Randy Moss - Play-by-Play/Ross Tucker - Color)
Audio Stream: Ivy League Digital Network
TAKE THE 1 TRAIN TO THE GAME
Getting to the game:
PLEASE NOTE, DUE TO THE NOON START TIME THE FIRST FAN BUS AND EAST SIDE FAN BUS WILL DEPART AT 10:30 A.M.
COLUMBIA/LEHIGH SERIES INFORMATION
Lehigh leads the all-time series with Columbia, 11-5-1, dating back to 1889. The Mountain Hawks are unbeaten in the last nine meetings, which includes a 28-28 tie in 1994. The last Lions victory came after a 42-21 triumph at Baker Field on Oct. 26, 1963.
LAST TIME OUT FOR LEHIGH
No. 12/13 Fordham turned two Lehigh turnovers into 14 points to turn a three-point deficit into an 11-point lead as the Rams went on to hand the No. 13/10 Mountain Hawks a 52-34 loss on the road. The loss snapped Lehigh’s 16-game regular season road winning streak, which dated back to a 31-10 setback at New Hampshire on Sept. 25, 2010.
Lehigh finished with 429 yards of offense. Senior quarterback Brandon Bialkowski eclipsed the 300-yard passing mark for the fifth straight week, completing 28-of-46 for 324 yards, three touchdowns and an interception. Wide receiver Lee Kurfis had his fifth 100-plus yard receiving day this season and his sixth straight dating back to last year with 102 yards on nine receptions.
COLUMBIA ALL-TIME VS. PATRIOT LEAGUE
The Lions hold a 36-75-4 all-time record against teams currently in the Patriot League. Columbia’s most common opponent is Lafayette, who the Lions have faced 42 times.
CHILDRESS OUT FOR SEASON
Patricia and Shepard Alexander Head Coach of Football Pete Mangurian has announced senior defensive lineman Wells Childress will miss the remainder of the season due to a foot injury that occurred in Columbia's Oct. 5 game at Princeton. Childress underwent successful surgery on Sunday, October 6.
ON THE MARC
Senior running back Marcorus Garrett picked up right where he left off after his All-Ivy League 2012 campaign, rushing for 271 yards and two touchdowns on 41 attempts in the Lions first three games. After the Marietta, Ga., native piled on 151 yards on the ground against Monmouth, he moved up to fourth on the Lions’ all-time list with 1,514 rushing yards and is just 478 yards from tying Louis Kusserow ‘49 for second place.
Senior Zach Olinger compiled a season-high 15 tackles at Princeton last weekend to take over the team-lead with 31 on the season.
HILINSKI GETS THE NOD
Quarterback Kelly Hilinski will be the first first-year to start a game for the Lions since Sean Brackett sat under center in the final four games of the 2009 campaign. In his collegiate debut last week at Princeton, Hilinski threw for 132 yards, including a 70-yard touchdown strike to Scooter Hollis.
The Lions special team coverage, both in the kicking and punting game, has been outstanding through three games this season. Columbia ranks fifth in FCS, limiting opponents to 14.75 yards per kickoff return and leads the Ivy League by allowing just 3.25 yards per punt return.
Senior Paul Delaney has lived up to his reputation as one of the fines punters in FCS, averaging 41.6 yards per attempt (which ranks third in the Ivy League) with five punts over 50 yards, five inside the 20 and a season-long of 62 against Monmouth on Sept. 28.
REIM AND REASON
Sophomore Travis Reim currently leads the Ivy League in kick return average, taking kickoffs on average of 33.2 yards. The sophomore put together a strong all-around game against Monmouth, performing well as both a kick returner and in the secondary. Reim returned two kick-offs for 72 yards, including a 47-yard return to set up a Marcorus Garrett score. Defensively, he made a career-high nine tackles and broke up two passes.
COLUMBIA FOOTBALL TODAY
Every Saturday during the Columbia football season, tune in to “The Answer” 970AM for Columbia Football Today at 7:30 a.m. Host Jerry Recco and Pete Mangurian will preview all the action for the Lions’ upcoming game.