COLUMBIA/YALE SERIES HISTORY
Saturday’s meeting between the Lions and Bulldogs will mark the 92nd all-time meeting between the programs, dating back to 1872. Yale holds a 69-20-2 record in the series,. Last year, Columbia snapped a 10-game losing streak against the Elis after a 26-22 victory at Wien Stadium.
LAST TIME OUT FOR YALE
The Bulldogs dropped their third-straight decision after falling to Penn, 28-17, last weekend. The teams combined for seven turnovers, which ultimately proved more costly for Yale.
Besides the ball security issues, the Bulldogs also played last week’s game without starting quarterback Henry Furman, junior running back Tyler Varga and key wide receiver Chris Smith.
After taking a 3-0 lead in the first quarter, the Quakers rattled off 28 unanswered in the next three frames. Morgan Roberts tried to rally Yale with a pair of touchdown passes in the fourth quarter, but the deficit proved to be too much to overcome.
The last four games between Columbia and Yale have been decided by four points or less.
MUST SEE TV
Saturday’s game will be one of five Columbia contests broadcast on television this season. Fox College Sports (FCS) acquired the rights to seven additonal Ivy League contests to compliment the conference’s package with NBCSN. As part of the sublicensing agreement, the Lions’ games at Cornell on Nov. 16 and against Brown on Nov. 23 will appear on FCS. The Lions’ Oct. 4 showdown at Princeton was aired on ESPN3 while the Oct. 12 game against Lehigh was broadcast by NBCSN.
MY COUSIN VINNY
Linebacker Vinny Pugliese continued to be a disruptive force for Columbia last week at Dartmouth. Pugliese made 10 tackles, including one behind the line of scrimmage for his fourth double-figure outing of the season. He is tied for second in the conference with 57 takedowns, only trailing fellow Lion linebacker Zach Olinger.
The Lions special teams coverage, both in the kicking and punting game, has been outstanding through six games this season. Columbia ranks first in FCS, limiting opponents to 13.2 yards per kickoff return and its net punting average of 38.9 ranks 10th in the nation.
The Lions defense has been effective in keeping teams off the scoreboard in the red zone this season, holding their opponents to a 73% scoring percentage inside the 20 to rank 23rd in FCS. Additionally, four of Columbia’s turnovers have been created in the red zone.
After posting 14 tackles against Penn on Oct. 19, senior Zach Olinger took over the Ivy League lead in that category and now has 60 for the season. Earlier this year at Princeton, the standout linebacker posted a season-best 15 tackles. Olinger checks in at No. 16 in FCS, averaging 10 stops per game.