Football Takes On Dartmouth on the Road Saturday
GAME NOTES (.pdf)
COLUMBIA (0-5, 0-2) AT DARTMOUTH (2-3, 1-1)
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 26 • 1:30 P.M.
MEMORIAL FIELD • HANOVER, N.H.
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COLUMBIA/DARTMOUTH SERIES HISTORY
Saturday’s meeting between the Lions and Big Green will mark the 84th all-time meeting between the programs, dating back to 1899. Dartmouth has won four-straight in the series. Columbia’s last victory was a 21-13 triumph in 2008 at Wien Stadium.
LAST TIME OUT FOR DARTMOUTH
Bo Patterson caught a 21-yard touchdown pass from senior Alex Park in the final minute of regulation two plays following a blocked punt, but Bucknell (after recovering an on-side kick) was able to hold off Dartmouth, 17-14.
A pair of fourth-quarter touchdowns helped Bucknell overcome a 7-3 Big Green lead heading into the final frame. Matt DelMauro ran 15 yards into the end zone on a 3rd-and-goal draw play less than a minute into the period. A strip-sack that knocked the ball loose from Dartmouth quarterback Dalyn Williams at the Big Green 11 led to a rushing touchdown to make it a two-score game.
DELANEY EARNS JOHN TONER PLAYER OF THE GAME
For his outstanding play in Columbia’s homecoming game vs. Penn, senior punter Paul Delaney was honored as the John Toner Homecoming Player of the Game. Delaney punted 12 times for an average of 45.2 yards per attempt, including a long of 58 and two inside the 20 yard line. The Palatine, Ill., native improved his Ivy League-leading net punting average to 39.6 yards, which also ranks in the top-10 in FCS.
ON THE MARC
Senior running back Marcorus Garrett has been a consistent bright spot for Columbia, rushing for 467 yards and three touchdowns on 60 attempts in the Lions first five 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. He now has 1,710 rushing yards and is just 282 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 five games this season. Columbia ranks first in FCS, limiting opponents to 12.4 yards per kickoff return and its net punting average of 39.6 ranks sixth in the nation.
Senior Paul Delaney has lived up to his reputation as one of the finest punters in FCS, averaging 42.3 yards per attempt (to lead the Ivy League) with nine punts over 50 yards, 10 inside the 20 and a season-long of 67 against Lehigh on Oct. 12.
The Lions defense has been effective in keeping teams off the scoreboard in the red zone this season, holding their opponents to a 72% scoring percentage inside the 20 to rank 24th in FCS. Additionally, four of Columbia’s turnovers have been created in the red zone.
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.