NEW YORK - Columbia closes out the season at Brown with a chance to finish 5-5 overall for just the first time since 2006. Full game notes are available above.
The Series with Brown
Saturday’s game will mark the 75th meeting between Columbia and Brown, with the Bears holding a 47-25-2 advantage. Columbia has not won in Providence since 2006, when the Lions defeated Brown, 22-21, in Norries Wilson’s first season.
The Series Up Close
Series record: Columbia 25, Brown 47, tied 2
Series started: 1902 (Brown, 28-0)
Last tie: 1940 (0-0)
Current streak: Columbia, one win (2009)
last home victory: 2009 (28-14)
last road victory: 2006 (22-21)
widest margin of victory: 50 (50-0, 1961)
last home victory: 2008 (41-10)
last road victory: 2007 (30-22)
widest margin of victory: 44 (51-7, 1965)
Last Time out for Columbia
In dramatic, come-from-behind fashion, Columbia defeated Cornell 20-17 on a diving one-yard touchdown run by sophomore quarterback Sean Brackett with just 37 seconds left to play. The Lions scored the final 17 points of the game, all in the fourth quarter, and came back from a 17-3 deficit at the start of the final period. Columbia improved to 4-5, 2-4 Ivy League and also won the inaugural Empire State Bowl, a new trophy etched with the new moniker for the annual Columbia-Cornell matchup.
Last Time out for Brown
Senior quarterback Joe Springer rallied Brown from a 28-17 late third quarter deficit to lead the Bears to a 38-28 come-from-behind Ivy League victory over Dartmouth in a thrilling game in front of a national television audience at Memorial Field. Brown’s game–winning score came on a two-yard plunge by sophomore Mark Kachmer with 1:22 left on the game.
A Season Finale with POW
Two POWs actually. This game features last week’s Co-Offensive Players of the Week in the Ivy League, in Joe Springer and Sean Brackett.
Brown’s Springer rallied the Bears from an 11-point deficit late in the third quarter to defeat Dartmouth 35-28. Springer threw three touchdown passes of three, 11 and 30 yards on 22-of-42 passing for 281 yards. He also added a crucial two-point conversion pass completion to sophomore wide receiver Tellef Lundevall in the fourth quarter.
Brackett scored the game-winning touchdown with 37 seconds remaining, helping the Lions defeat Cornell 20-17. During the final drive, which spanned 59 yards and lasted two minutes, Brackett rushed for 22 yards, including a 16-yard gain on third down with the game on the line. Brackett also threw for 37 yards (4-of-7) on the drive. His one-yard touchdown run gave him his third rushing touchdown this season. On the day, Bracket rushed for 151 yards and passed for 204 yards (19-of-41) with two touchdowns (one rush, one pass).
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 fourth all-time in Columbia history in single-season touchdown passes with 18. He needs just one 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 22 on his career, just four shy of sixth place on Columbia’s all-time career list.
Easy as P.A.T.
First-year Luke Eddy broke the Columbia record for most consecutive points after touchdowns and currently has 26, which is also Columbia’s new single-season PATs record.
The Total Package
Sean Brackett ranks 15th in the Football Championship Subdivision in total offense with 269.22 yards per game. Brackett has accumulated 2,421 yards of total offense for the year, which ranks fourth in Columbia history for a single season.