Football Gears Up for Homecoming Showdown Against Penn
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COLUMBIA (0-4, 0-1) VS. PENN (2-2, 1-0)
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 19 • 1:30 P.M.
ROBERT K. KRAFT FIELD AT WIEN STADIUM • NEW YORK
Video & Audio Stream: Ivy League Digital Network (Subscription Required for Video)
TAKE THE 1 TRAIN TO THE GAME
Getting to the game:
This weekend’s contest marks Columbia’s annual Homecoming game. Among the numerous amounts of returning alumni, the Lions will welcome back former player Dr. Bob Lincoln ‘48CC, who will serve as an honorary coach. At halftime, Columbia Athletics will acknowledge its 2012-13 individual Ivy League Champions and All-Americans as well as the National Championship Archery and Ivy League Champion Baseball and Women’s Tennis Programs.
JOHN TONER PLAYER OF THE GAME
Following today’s game, the John Toner Homecoming Player of the Game Award will be handed out to the top Columbia performer. This year marks the fifth season the award, dating back to 2009.
COLUMBIA/PENN SERIES HISTORY
Columbia and Penn will square off for the 93rd time this weekend with the Quakers holding a 70-21-1 record in the all-time series. Penn has won 16-straight with the last Lions victory coming in 1996 (20-19) at Franklin Field. Last year, the Quakers scored a go-ahead touchdown with 50 seconds remaining to secure a 24-20 win in Philadelphia.
LAST TIME OUT FOR PENN
Penn was held scoreless through the first three quarters, but rallied to pull within a touchdown with 7:58 to play. However, William & Mary answered with a 75-yard scoring drive to ice the game.
Spencer Kulcsar ran for 89 yards and Billy Ragone was 14-27 with 127 yards and two touchdowns through the air. Both teams fumbled four times, each losing two of them. Sebastian Jaskowski made a game-high 12 tackles.
COLUMBIA IN IVY LEAGUE HOME OPENERS
The Lions are 14-42 all-time in Ivy League home openers, dating back to 1957. The last time Columbia won a conference home debut was in 2010 when the Lions routed Princeton, 42-14.
ON THE MARC
Senior running back Marcorus Garrett has been a consistent bright spot for Columbia, rushing for 421 yards and three touchdowns on 41 attempts in the Lions first three games. After the Marietta, Ga., native piled on 150 yards on the ground against No. 14/17 Lehigh, he moved up to third on the Lions’ all-time list with 1,664 rushing yards and is just 328 yards from tying Louis Kusserow ‘49 for second place.
The Lions special teams coverage, both in the kicking and punting game, has been outstanding through four games this season. Columbia ranks first in FCS, limiting opponents to 10.57 yards per kickoff return and allows just 5.82 yards per punt return.
Senior Paul Delaney has lived up to his reputation as one of the finest punters in FCS, averaging 41.8 yards per attempt (to lead the Ivy League) with seven punts over 50 yards, eight inside the 20 and a season-long of 67 against Lehigh on Oct. 12.
COOL FOOT LUKE
Another Lions’ player climbing up the record books is senior place-kicker Luke Eddy, who moved up to second place on the career field goal list after converting a 23-yard attempt against Lehigh. He currently has 22 makes and is 16 shy of the record of 38 held by Jon Rocholl ‘09. He also became Columbia’s all-time leader in PAT’s last season and has made 70 in three-plus seasons.
Senior Zach Olinger was named one of 170 football student-athletes announced as candidates for the 2013 National Football Foundation (NFF) National Scholar Athlete Awards, presented by Fidelity Investments and is in the running for the William V. Campbell Trophy, endowed by HealthSouth, which is awarded to the absolute best scholar-athlete in the nation. Student-athletes must have a GPA of at least 3.2, be a significant contributor and demonstrates strong leadership and citizenship.