Lions Ship Up to Boston Saturday to Square Off Against Harvard
NEW YORK – Columbia will continue its two-game road swing on Saturday, November 6 when the Lions will take on Harvard at noon at Harvard Stadium. Columbia nearly rallied from a 24-point halftime deficit last Saturday at Yale, scoring 21 unanswered points on the Bulldogs in the second half, but fell by a score of 31-28.
Sophomore quarterback Sean Brackett threw four touchdown passes, three to senior tight end Andrew Kennedy, in the game. Brackett now has thrown for 16 touchdowns with only three interceptions on the season.
Last week, Harvard defeated Dartmouth on the road, 30-14, remaining one game behind first-place Penn, which sits atop the Ivy League at 4-0. The Crimson were paced by three touchdowns, two rushing and one through the air, by quarterback Collier Winters.
Columbia fans can listen to all the action LIVE online with Jerry Recco and Sal Licata providing the call, beginning at 11:45 a.m.
THE SERIES WITH HARVARD
Saturday’s game will mark the 68th meeting between Columbia and Harvard, with the Crimson holding a 53-14 advantage. Columbia last defeated Harvard at home in 2003, while its last road win was in 1995.
CAN YOU HEAR ME?
Every Columbia game can be heard on gocolumbialions.com with Jerry Recco (play-by-play) and Sal Licata (commentary) calling the action. Student radio can be found on WKCR 89.9 FM with Tommy Di Benedetto providing play-by-play.
NFF SCHOLAR ATHLETE
Alongside some of the top student-athletes in college football today, Columbia senior linebacker Alex Gross is one of 16 members of the 2010 National Football Foundation National Scholar-Athlete class.
Gross holds a 3.58 cumulative grade point average and is on track to graduate from Columbia College in May 2011 with a degree in sociology. A first team All-Ivy League honoree in 2008, Gross is having another first team All-Ivy League season this year. He currently leads the Ivy Leauge in tackles and was named the league’s defensive player of the week earlier this month. In 2007, Gross was the Ivy League’s Rookie of the Year.
A BRACKETT ABOVE
Sophomore quarterback Sean Brackett continues to lead the Ivy League in pass efficiency by a wide margin at 152.4. Brackett currently ranks seventh in the Football Championship Subdivision in pass efficiency.
Zach Olinger had a tremendous collegiate debut, registering 10 tackles, including nine solo tackles, three for a loss and one sack vs. Yale. For his efforts, he was named to the Ivy League weekly honor roll.
Brackett has thrown 16 touchdown passes on the year, ranking fifth in Columbia single-season history. He needs just one more to take over fourth place and three more to tie Paul Governali with 19. His favorite target, Andrew Kennedy, has seven touchdowns on the season.
A GRAND ACHIEVEMENT
Andrew Kennedy now has 1027 yards receiving on his career. He has 13 career touchdowns and leads the team with seven this season.
Luke Eddy was the Ivy League’s Rookie of the Week after a strong kicking performance in the game at Penn. Eddy made both of his field goals on a blustery day, including a 48-yarder late in the third quarter, the longest by a Columbia kicker since nailed a 49-yard attempt in the Lions’ season opener at Fordham in 2007. The Lions’ longest standard field goal in history was made by Matt Pollard, a 50-yarder against Lehigh in 1988. The previous long was a 53-yard drop kick by Ralph Hewitt in 1930.Eddy broke the Columbia record for consecutive PATs vs. Yale and currently has 23 heading into the Harvard game.
HOMECOMING AWARD GOES TO...
Alex Gross finished the Dartmouth game with a game-high 16 tackles, including 10 solo stops, along with a pass breakup. For his efforts, he was named the John Toner Columbia Football Homecoming Player of the Game.
In its three victories, Columbia has piled up more than 200 yards rushing. For the season, the Lions have totaled 1130 yards on the ground.
KRAFTING A NEW LEGACY
At Kraft Field at Wien Stadium this year, Columbia is 3-2 in its first five home games. With a win against Cornell, Columbia can clinch a winning record at home for the first time since the 2000 season. The Lions went 3-2 at home that season.
THIRD TIME IS A CHARM
The third Columbia Athletics Hall of Fame class was inducted during Homecoming weekend on Friday, October 22. Former Lion standouts Walter Koppisch ’25 and Rory Wilfork ’97 were enshrined along with legendary head coach Buff Donelli and Columbia’s 1961 Ivy League championship squad.
SPREADING THE WEALTH
In seven games this season, 12 Columbia players have scored a touchdown. Alex Gross’s interception return for a score was the first for the defense, while Leon Ivery, Nick Gerst and Sean Brackett have all scored rushing touchdowns. Of Brackett’s 12 touchdown passes, eight different receivers have been on the other end – Nathan Lenz, Andrew Kennedy, Zack Kourouma, Kurt Williams, Nico Gutierrez, Mike Stephens, Brian DeVeau and Clif Pope.
SPREADING THE WEALTH, PART II
Columbia has three players who have amassed more than 200 yards rushing this season - Sean Brackett, Nick Gerst and Leon Ivery. The Lions also have four players who have more than 100 yards receiving this season - Andrew Kennedy, Nico Gutierrez, Kurt Williams and Zack Kourouma.