Liberty Cup On The Line In Football's Opener At No. 21 Fordham Saturday
PURCHASE TICKETS TO UPCOMING HOME GAMES
COLUMBIA (0-0) AT NO. 21/21 FORDHAM (3-0)
SATURDAY, SEP. 21 • 1 P.M.
JACK COFFEY FIELD • BRONX, N.Y.
THE LIBERTY CUP
Now in its 12th season, the Liberty Cup series was initiated in September of 2002 to commemorate those who lost their lives in the tragic events of September 11, 2001. Fordham leads the Liberty Cup series 7-4. The Rams have won three-straight Liberty Cups, dating back to 2010. Columbia’s last time claiming the trophy came in 2009 after a 40-28 win at Jack Coffey Field.
Columbia leads the all-time series with Fordham 11-10. The intra-city schools only played each other three times from their first meeting in 1890 until 1991. Since then, they
have squared off 18 times and every season since 2000.
Columbia is 64-52-6 all-time in season openers. Last year, the Lions claimed a thrilling, 10-9, victory over Marist to begin the Pete Mangurian era. Additionally, this will be the 13th time in Columbia has gone up against the Rams to begin the season, including 11 of the last 12 years.
COLUMBIA ALL-TIME VS. THE 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.
This year marks the 143rd anniversary of Columbia’s first intercollegiate football game against Princeton in 1870. It is the 123rd competitive season of Columbia Football.
ON THE ‘MARC’
Returning All-Ivy League senior running back Marcorus Garrett is coming off one of the most productive seasons in program history. Garrett rushed for 957 yards, which was the third highest single-season mark for a Columbia rusher, and put him third in the Ivy League in 2012. The Marietta, Ga. native has accumulated 1,252 yards in his career, putting him seventh on the Lions’ all-time list, and is just 740 yards from tying Louis Kusserow ‘49 for second place.
The Rams improved to 3-0 after a thriling, 30-29, victory over Temple at Lincoln Financial Field on Sep. 14. Junior quarterback Mike Nebrich connected with Sam Ajala in the endzone with four seconds remaining for the game-winning score. It was Fordham’s first-ever victory over a FBS school. Nebrich connected on 23-of-36 passes with a pair of touchdowns.
Senior running back Carlton Koonce ran for 168 yards and a score on 27 carries. Ajala caught seven passes for 134 yards.
OH CAPTAINS, MY CAPTAINS
Patricia and Shepard Alexander Head Coach of Football Pete Mangurian has tabbed seniors Seyi Adebayo, Marcorus Garrett, Hamilton Garner and Zach Olinger as the captains for the 2013 squad.
COOL FOOT LUKE
Another Lions’ player climbing up the record books is senior place-kicker Luke Eddy, who became Columbia’s all-time leader in PAT’s last season. He comes into the year with 65 made and his 21 made field goals tie him for second on the career list and 17 shy of the record of 38 held by Jon Rocholl ‘09.
ONES TO WATCH
Senior Hamilton Garner and Paul Delaney have each been selected to the College Football Performance Awards watch list for their respective position, as announced by CollegeFootballPerformance.com. Garner is one of 32 returners selected to the watch list for tight ends, while Delaney was recognized as a punter. Following the 2013 season, College Football Performance will select the top player from each position as the top performer in the Football Championship Subdivision.
Senior defensive lineman Seyi Adebayo returns to the field just over one year removed from an injury that ended his 2012 season. In only a quarter of action in the season opener against Marist, Adebayo recorded a sack, two tackles and a pass defense.
FRESH FACED PACE
At 17 years and one month old, first-year offensive lineman Kendall Pace is the youngest player in Division I Football (FCS and FBS) this season. Coincidentally, the Columbia baseball team boasted the oldest player in DI last spring in junior designated hitter Joey Falcone. Falcone is 27 years of age and joined the Lions after spending several years on active duty in the US Marines Corps.
SHERIFF OF NOTTINGHAM
For the first time since the beginning of the 2010 season, Columbia will have a starting quarterback not named Sean Brackett. Junior, and former Stanford quarterback, Brett Nottingham won the job after competiting with sophomore Trevor McDonagh during training camp.
COME ON OVER
The Lions have added three transfers on the roster since 2010, all coming from NCAA FBS schools. Senior defensive lineman Wells Childress, son of former NFL player and College Football Hall of Famer Ray Childress, came to Columbia after spending a red-shirt year at Texas A&M in 2009. Junior wide receiver Jake Wanamaker played in eight games for the University of Texas-San Antonio in 2011 before coming to Morningside Heights. This season, the Lions brought in former Stanford quarterback Brett Nottingham after spending two seasons in Palo Alto, including backing up Indianapolis Colts QB Andrew Luck in 2011.
Columbia features three sets of brothers on this year’s squad. Junior John Brady’s brother Keith will join him with the linebacking corps as a first-year. Junior wideout and long snapper John Keefe and sophomore linebacker Max Keefe both return to the Lions. Also, senior defensive lineman Nick Melka will be joined by rookie defensive lineman Charles Melka.
MY FAVORITE MARTIN
Former standout and 2012 All-Ivy League honoree Josh Martin ‘13 signed with the Kansas City Chiefs as a free agent in April and became the first Columbia player to make an active 53-man NFL roster since Marcellus Wiley in 2005. Additionally, former Lions offensive lineman Jeff Adams is currently on the practice squad of the Tennesse Titans.
MUST SEE TV
Columbia will be featured on television twice this season, beginning with the Lions’ October 5 contest at Princeton that will be aired on ESPN3. Columbia’s October 12 game against Lehigh at Robert K. Kraft Field will be broadcast live by NBCSN as part of their television deal with the Ivy League.
90TH ANNIVERSARY OF BAKER ATHLETICS COMPLEX
The 2013 season is also the 90th season the Lions have spent at the Baker Athletics Complex.
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.