Empire State Bowl Closes Football's 2010 Home Schedule
Courtesy: Columbia University Athletics

Welcome to the Empire State Bowl
For years, the Cornell and Columbia matchup has been unofficially called the "Empire State Bowl" by fans.  Now, after the teams have played for nearly 125 years, this season's contest will be played with the official Empire State Bowl moniker. Columbia will host the first trophy game between the teams when the Big Red visits Robert K. Kraft Field at Wien Stadium on Saturday, Nov. 13, at 12:30 p.m.
The winner of Saturday's game will take the traveling trophy, which will be presented annually to the winner of the game. This is the 99th meeting between the two teams, marking the 12th most-played rivalry in college football.
The Series with Cornell
Saturday's game will mark the 99th meeting between Columbia and Cornell, with the Big Red holding a 61-34-3 advantage. Seeking their third-straight victory, the Lions have won the last two contests against Cornell (2008-09). 

The Series Up Close
Series record: Columbia 34, Cornell 61, tied 3
Series started: 1889 (Cornell, 20-0)
Last tie: 1935 (7-7)
Current streak:  Columbia, two wins (2008-09)
last home victory: 2008 (17-7)
last road victory: 2009 (30-20)
widest margin of victory: 38 (44-6, 1960)
last home victory: 2007 (34-14)
last road victory: 2004 (32-26)
widest margin of victory: 56 (56-0, 1973)

Last Time out for Columbia
Junior wideout Kurt Williams recorded his first 100+ yard receiving game, but Harvard's three touchdowns in the first half led to a 23-7 loss for the Lions at Harvard Stadium in Cambridge. 

Last Time Out for Cornell
After a 164-yard rushing game for Dartmouth junior tailback Nick Schwieger, the Big Red lost for the fourth time in its last five games, falling 28-10 to the Big Green.

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.

A Matter of Record
Sophomore quarterback Sean Brackett is currently tied for fourth all-time in Columbia history in single-season touchdown passes with 17.  He needs just two more to move into third place with Paul Governali (1942). John Witkowski holds the top two spots with 29 in 1982 and 23 in 1983.  Brackett has 21 on his career, just five shy of sixth place on Columbia's all-time career list.

Gross Named National Football Foundation Campbell Trophy Finalist
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, it was announced October 28, 2010 by the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame. Gross is now a finalist for the William V. Campbell Trophy, which recognizes an individual as the absolute best scholar-athlete in the nation. Renamed last fall in honor of Bill Campbell, the chairman of Intuit, former player and head coach at Columbia University and the 2004 recipient of the NFF's Gold Medal, the award comes with a 25-pound bronze trophy and a $25,000 post-graduate scholarship. A total distribution of $300,000 in scholarships will be awarded that evening.

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 League 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.

Easy as P.A.T.
First-year Luke Eddy broke the Columbia record for most consecutive points after touchdowns and currently has 24.  The old record, 22 by Larry Walsh, was set in 1983.

More Academic Accolades
Three Columbia defensive standouts earned a spot on the CoSIDA/ESPN Academic Football All-District First Team, it was announced on Thursday, November 4.  Seniors Alex Gross, Adam Mehrer and Matt Stotler each were recognized for their academic success and their accomplishments on the gridiron.