Football Kicks-Off Ivy League Slate at Princeton Saturday
COLUMBIA (0-2, 0-0) AT PRINCETON (1-1, 0-0)
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 5 • 1 P.M.
PRINCETON STADIUM • PRINCETON, N.J.
Prior to the game, the Columbia Alumni Association will host a pregame tailgate at Powers Field near Princeton Stadium, beginning at 10:30 a.m. Cheer on Columbia and reconnect with fellow alumni, and enjoy food and beverages. For more information, click here.
COLUMBIA IN IVY LEAGUE OPENERS
Since the Ivy League officially formed in 1957, the Lions are 15-40-1 in Ivy League openers. Columbia’s last win in a conference debut was in 2010 after a 42-14 victory over Princeton. This will be the 26th time the Lions have opened Ivy League play against the Tigers, including each of the last 14 seasons.
HISTORY LESSON - PRINCETON
The Tigers holds a 64-15-1 advantage in the all-time series that dates back to 1874. Princeton has won the last two meetings, including a 33-6 win at Robert K. Kraft Field last season. Columbia's last win at Princeton Stadium was a 39-0 victory in 2009.
LAST TIME OUT FOR PRINCETON
The Tigers dispatched Georgetown, 50-22 last week keyed by four rushing touchdowns by quarterback Quinn Epperly. DiAndre Atwater scored twice and compiled 111 yards on the ground and Brian Mills also eclipsed the 100-yard mark, including a 53-yard touchdown run to give Princeton 326 total rushing yards.
The turning point of the game came in the first quarter with Princeton trailing, 12-8. The Tigers ran a fake punt to prolong a drive that ended in an Epperly one-yard touchdown run and they never trailed the rest of the way.
ON THE MARC
Senior running back Marcorus Garrett picked up right where he left off after his All-Ivy Leauge 2012 campaign, rushing for 240 yards and two touchdowns on 30 attempts in the Lions first two games. Additionally, Garrett has not been tackled behind the line of scrimmage yet this season. After the Marietta, Ga., native piled on 151 yards on the ground against Monmouth, he moved up to fourth on the Lions’ all-time list wih 1,492 rushing yards and is just 500 yards from tying Louis Kusserow ‘49 for second place.
REIM AND REASON
Sophomore Travis Reim put together a strong all-around game against Monmouth, performing well as a kick returner and in the secondary. Reim returned two kick-offs for 72 yards, including a 47-yard return to set up a Marcorus Garrett score. Defensively, he made a career-high nine tackles and broke up two passes.
MY COUSIN VINNY
Linebacker Vinny Pugliese was a disruptive force for Columbia against Monmouth on Sept. 28, recording a game-high 14 tackles, including a sack and another tackle for a loss.
One of the most reliable punters in FCS, Paul Delaney had arguably his finest game in a Columbia uniform against Monmouth. Delaney averaged 43.9 yards on nine punts, including a 62-yarder and three that pinned the Hawks inside their 20.
MUST SEE TV
Columbia will now be featured on television four times this season after the Ivy League announced that Fox College Sports (FCS) acquired the rights to seven additonal contests. The Lions’ Oct. 4 showdown at Princeton that will be aired on ESPN3. Columbia’s Oct. 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. As part of the sublicensing agreement, the Lions’ last two games at Cornell on Nov. 16 and against Brown on Nov. 23 will appear on FCS.
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. Hosts Jerry Recco, Dalen Cuff ‘06CC and Pete Mangurian will preview all the action for the Lions’ upcoming game.