Best of 2010: Football Defeats Cornell in Fourth-Quarter Comeback to Claim Inaugural Empire State Bowl
Courtesy: Columbia University Athletics/Gene Boyars

During the final weeks of 2010, will highlight some of the best moments of 2010, highlighting the outstanding accomplishments of our student-athletes, coaches and teams in random order.

November 13, 2010

Those who didn't see the Lions' 20-17 victory over Cornell to win the inagural Empire State Bowl first hand, know the one-yard touchdown run by sophomore quarterback Sean Brackett happened with just 37 seconds left to play.  Fans who witnessed the dramatic come-from-behind win at Robert K. Kraft Field in person, know exactly how impressive the Lions' three-point win over the Big Red was. 

The Empire State Bowl is a new moniker for the annual Columbia-Cornell matchup. The winning team keeps the new trophy for the year, and earns bragging rights between the two Ivy League schools located in New York State.

The Lions came back from a 17-3 deficit at the start of the final period to score the final 17 points of the game, all in the fourth quarter.

Columbia got big performances on both sides of the ball. Alex Gross, A.J. Maddox and Matt Stotler each made big defensive plays in the final Cornell drive to give the Lions a chance to win. 

Brackett, who sustained a leg injury in one of the previous drives, was visibily limping for the final Columbia series, but still rushed for a 16-yard first down on third-and-10 with just under a minute to play and the game on the line. Brackett's diving touchdown with time running down was one for the highlight reel.

Gross finished with 14 tackles, while Calvin Otis totaled nine. Brackett finished with 151 yards rushing and 204 yards passing with one rushing touchdown and one passing TD.

Brackett was named Ivy League Offensive Player of the Week the following Monday, and the Lions were the official Empire State Bowl Champions for 2010.