NEW-YORK—Columbia (4-0, 1-0 Ivy League) gets back into Ivy League play when it hosts defending Ivy League champion Penn (2-2, 0-1 Ivy League) for a Saturday, Oct. 14 contest at Robert K. Kraft Field at Lawrence A. Wien Stadium. Kickoff is at 1:30 p.m. ET for Columbia’s 73rd annual Homecoming Game.
WHERE TO LISTEN/WATCH
Eleven Sports Network will televise the game with Bill Spaulding (play-by-play) and Jack Ford (color analyst) calling action and Seth Cantor on the sidelines. Mike Cleland will produce. The contest will also be simulcast and live streamed on the Ivy League Network. Lance Medow (play-by-play) and former Columbia player Ted Gregory (color analyst) will call action on the Columbia Online Radio Network available at www.gocolumbialions.com.
COLUMBIA LOOKING TO START SEASON AT 5-0
A win over Penn on Saturday would give Columbia five wins to start a season for the first time since 1996 when the Lions won their first six games en route to an 8-2 year. Columbia has already won more games than it accumulated last year (the Lions went 3-7 last year). With its four wins to start the 2017 season, Columbia begins its year at 4-0 for the first time since 1996.
A fifth win would also clinch Columbia’s first non-losing season since 2006 when it went 5-5 overall.
Should Columbia defeat Penn on Saturday, it would match its win total of five victories over the previous four years (2013-16). The Lions went 5-35 during that span. In just two-and-half seasons at Columbia, Bagnoli has already won more games (9) than Columbia won in the previous five seasons (2010-14) before he became head coach. The Lions went 8-42 during that five-year span.
In 1996, Columbia won six straight games to start its season en route to an 8-2 overall record and 5-2 Ivy League record. Two of those wins were in overtime: Sept. 21 vs. Harvard (OT), 20-13; Sept. 28 at Fordham, 17-10; Oct. 5 at Holy Cross, 42-16; Oct. 12 at Penn (OT), 20-19; Oct. 19 Lafayette (Homecoming), 3-0 and Oct. 26 at Yale, 13-10. The streak ended with an 14-11 home loss to Princeton on Nov. 2. Ironically Columbia defeated Al Bagnoli’s Penn-coached team 20-19 in overtime in 1996.
The last time the Lions put together a .500 or better season was in 2006 when it finished 5-5 overall and 2-5 in the Ivy League.
COLUMBIA ON FIVE-GAME WIN STREAK
Columbia’s current five-game win streak marks its longest win streak since 1996. With its 41-17 win at Marist in its final non-conference contest, Columbia claimed its fifth consecutive win while since closing out the 2016 season with a 31-13 victory over Brown. The last time Columbia won five straight games was from Sept. 21-Nov. 2, 1996.
The season opening victory also gave Columbia its first win on opening day in five years and snapped a four-game losing streak in season openers.
LIONS EARN VOTES IN STATS, INC. NATIONAL POLL
For a second consecutive week, Columbia gained votes in the STATS, Inc. national poll. Following a 28-24 win over Princeton last week, Columbia earned 22 votes in the STATS, Inc. national FCS poll (Monday, Oct. 2).
This week, Columbia earned one extra vote and now has 23 points (Monday, Oct. 9). The 23 points rank as the second most votes garnered by an Ivy League school trailing Dartmouth (211) and leading Princeton (7).
Columbia did not receive a vote in the FCS Coaches poll in either week. See page 5 for polls.
The last time Columbia received a national ranking was during the final 1947 poll where it came in at No. 20 in the Associated Press poll following a 7-2 overall record. Columbia has never been ranked since it joined the FCS.
STARTING IVY LEAGUE PLAY VERSUS DEFENDING CHAMPIONS
Columbia opens Ivy League play with back-to-back games against the league’s two 2016 co-defending national champions Princeton and Penn. It defeated Princeton 28-24 on Sept. 30 and now must play Penn.
COLUMBIA, LIONS PLAYERS AMONG NATIONAL STATISTICAL LEADERS IN A VARIETY OF CATEGORIES
Through its first four games, Columbia ranks among the nation’s top-20 teams in 12 different statistical categories according to the NCAA. Columbia leads the nation in winning percentage (4-0, 1.000) and ranks No. 3 in both third down conversion percentage (53.6%) and first downs defense (62), No. 4 in fewest fumbles lost (1), No. 5 in time of possession (35:08), No. 8 in third down conversion percentage defense (27.7%), No. 10 in fourth down conversion percentage defense (20%), No. 13 in punt returns (13.0), No. 14 in fourth down conversion percentage (66.7%), No. 15 in kickoff return defense (17.08), No. 17 in scoring defense (17.3) and No. 18 in fewest turnovers lost (5).
Individually, several Lions also rank among the top-25 national statistical leaders including quarterback Anders Hill, who ranks among leaders in seven categories: No. 12 in total offense (303.5), No. 12 in points responsible for (18.0), No. 15 in passing yards per game (276.8), No. 18 in passing efficiency (155.0), No. 19 in completions per game (20.5), No. 20 in yards per pass attempt (8.58) and No. 23 in completion percentage (63.6). In addition, wide receiver Ronald Smith ranks No. 13 in receiving yards per game (102.8) and No. 16 in receptions per game (6.5), wide receiver Josh Wainwright ranks No. 11 in punt returns (13.0) and No. 22 in receptions per game (6.3) and punter Parker Thome is No. 18 in punting (42.4).
COLUMBIA HOSTS 73RD HOMECOMING GAME
Columbia will host its 73rd all-time Homecoming Game on Saturday. Its first Homecoming Game was scheduled on Oct. 5, 1946, a 23-14 win vs. Navy. Overall, Columbia owns a 20-51-1 on Homecoming.
The Lions will host Penn in a Homecoming Game for the 16th time in history. Against Penn, Columbia is 2-13 on Homecoming.
Last year, Columbia snapped a 15-game Homecoming losing streak with a 9-7 win over Dartmouth on Oct. 22, 2016.
BAGNOLI AND PENN
Saturday’s matchup will be the third meeting between Bagnoli and his former employer where he spent 23 seasons as the Quakers’ head coach from 1992-2014. In 23 seasons, Bagnoli guided Penn to nine Ivy League championships (1993, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2009, 2010 and 2012), a 148-89 overall record and 112-49 Ivy League record. He also led Penn to three undefeated seasons (10-0 in 1993, 9-0 in 1994 and 10-0 in 2003), 12 years of seven or more victories and six perfect 7-0 Ivy League slates. Bagnoli also guided Penn on the longest winning streak in FCS history (24 wins from 1993-95).
At Penn, Bagnoli compiled a 20-3 record vs. Columbia. Against Penn, he is 0-2.
Penn and Columbia meet for the 97th time in series history. Penn, which holds a 74-21-1 advantage in the series, has won each of the last 20 games, including each of the last 10 contests played in New York City.
COLUMBIA HAS FLAIR FOR DRAMATIC WINS
In the early-going this year, Columbia has shown its resilience and toughness in comeback wins against both Wagner and Princeton. Against Wagner, the Seahawks tied the game at 14-14 and had a chance to go ahead on a field goal, but Columbia blocked the attempt. Columbia gained possession of the ball back and quarterback Anders Hill drove the Lions 54 yards down the field where placekicker Oren Milstein converted a last second 29-yard field goal for the win.
Trailing 24-21 with 1:12 to play at Princeton, wide receiver Ronald Smith II caught a pass from Hill and raced 63 yards down the field for the game-winning touchdown. With Princeton driving on its final possession, sophomore Ben McKeighan intercepted his second pass of the day to seal the victory.
Hill has driven the Lions for two game-winning drives in the early-going this year.
ABOUT THE LIONS
Columbia opens a season at 4-0 for the first time since 1996. It gets back into Ivy League play against Penn after defeating Marist 41-17 in its final non-conference game on Saturday. Columbia has also registered a 17-14 win over Wagner, a 35-14 win vs. Georgetown and a 28-24 come-from-behind win at Princeton to start 1-0 in Ivy League play.
Columbia returns 13 starters (seven on offense and six on defense) and 57 lettermen to a youthful and talented team that finished 3-7 overall and tied for a sixth place finish in the Ivy League with a 2-5 mark.
The 2016 Lions concluded their season with a victory at Brown, while five of their seven losses were decided by 10 or fewer points. Three All-Ivy League picks return in sophomore placekicker Oren Milstein, senior defensive back Cameron Roane and senior defensive lineman Lord Hyeamang. Additionally, Columbia returned players who accounted for 88 percent (162 of 185) of its points scored, 82 percent (1,651 of 2,014) of its passing yards, 51 percent (1,037 of 2,014) of its receiving yards, 60 percent (3 of 5) of its starters on the offensive line and 49 percent (333 of 680) of its tackles in 2016.
ABOUT THE QUAKERS
Defending Ivy League champion Penn enters Saturday’s contest with a 2-2 overall record and 0-1 Ivy League record. The Quakers enter Saturday’s game on a two-game losing streak after dropping a 16-13 home loss to Dartmouth in their league opener and losing a 42-21 non-conference contest at Central Connecticut State last week on Oct. 7. Penn opened the 2017 season with wins at both Ohio Dominican (42-24) and Lehigh (65-47). Penn is led by running Karekin Brooks, who has rushed for 543 yards and five touchdowns on 66 carries (8.2 yards per carry). Quarterback Will Colbrie-Fischer has completed 64.6 percent (53 of 82) of his passes for 696 yards and seven touchdowns, while Nick Robinson has thrown for 255 yards and four touchdowns while completing 18 of 27 passes. 2016 Bushnell Cup finalist and wide receiver Justin Watson leads the Quakers in receiving with 27 catches for 389 yards and six touchdowns, Christian Pearson (11 receptions for 204 yards, 2 TD) and Nicholas Bokun (11 catches for 167 yards, 2 TD) are also key contributors. On defense, Penn is led by Nick Miller (45 tackles, two fumble recoveries), Colton Moskal (24 tackles, 2.0 TFL) and Sam Philippi (21 tackles).
THIRD DOWN DOMINANCE
Columbia continues to make plays on third down both on offense and on defense. Offensively, Columbia has converted 37 of its 69 third down conversions (53.6) on the year to lead the Ivy League and rank No. 3 nationally in that statistic. On defense, Columbia has limited opponents to a 27.7 percent (13 of 47) conversion rate on third downs, which ranks No. 8 nationally and No. 2 in the league.
Columbia has also been successful on fourth downs on both offense and defense.
LIONS DOMINATE TIME OF POSSESSION
Columbia has won the time of possession battle in each of its four games. On the year, Columbia ranks No. 5 nationally and leads the Ivy League in time of possesion after maintaining possession for 35:08 to 24:52.
MILSTEIN NAMED IVY LEAGUE SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Sophomore placekicker Oren Milstein was named the Ivy League Special Teams Player of the Week, the conference office announced on Monday afternoon. Milstein earned the honor for the third time in his career as he was selected for the award on Oct. 10, 2016 and Oct. 24, 2016.
Milstein led Columbia in scoring with 11 points in the Lions’ 41-17 non-conference win at Marist on Saturday. He kicked two 39-yard field goals and converted all five of his extra points. He has now converted all 32 consecutive extra point attempts in his career. For the year, he leads the Lions in scoring with 25 points.
As a freshman last year, Milstein was named a unanimous First Team All-Ivy League selection and received Fred Mitchell Award consideration for the national placekicker of the year. The Boca Raton, Fla. native has converted 15 of 18 career field goals and all 32 of his extra point attempts. As a freshman, he ranked among national statistical leaders in field goal percentage (No. 2) and field goals per game (No. 13) and led the Ivy League in field goals made (12) and field goal percentage (92.3) and ranked second in kick scoring (5.7 points per game).
The honor marked Milstein’s fifth Ivy League weekly award.
ANDERS HILL LEADS COLUMBIA OFFENSE AT QUARTERBACK
For the second straight year senior Anders Hill is back as Columbia’s starting quarterback. He returns to anchor an offense that improved with every game in 2016 and looks even more polished in 2017. It also is the second consecutive year that Columbia has employed the same offensive system.
Hill has started 12 consecutive games and in those 12 starts, has guided Columbia to a 7-5 record as the starter. Already in 2017, Hill has completed 63.6 percent of his passes (82 of 129) for 1,107 yards and 10 touchdowns and ranks third on the Lions in rushing yards with 107 on 48 carries and two TDs.
Upon entering into the 2017 season, most impressive and most memorable is what Hill accomplished over Columbia’s final three games of the 2016 season against Harvard, Cornell and Brown. The three-game span saw him complete 60 percent (49 of 82) of his passes for 616 yards, six touchdowns and only four interceptions. In combining his previous five starts, Hill has completed 58.7 percent (81 of 138) of his passes for 973 yards, 11 touchdowns and six interceptions. Over that span, he has averaged 194.6 yards passing and 16.2 completions per game.
Hill has improved in virtually every aspect including his conditioning and strength.
DYNAMIC DUO: WIDE RECEIVER TANDEM PROVES TO BE THREAT
Columbia has the most dangerous wide receiver tandem in the Ivy League in sophomores Josh Wainwright and Ronald Smith II. The duo entered the 2017 campaign as a bit of an unknown league-wide as most of their key performances occurred during the back end of the 2016 season. This year, both players have displayed a knack for getting open and a flair for the big play.
Already this season, Wainwright and Smith have accounted for 62.3 percent of the Lions’ receptions (51 of 82), 68.2 percent of their receiving yards (756 of 1,107) and scored half of the Lions’ touchdowns (8 of 16).
In 2016, Wainwright led the Lions in receptions (42), receiving yards (515) and touchdown receptions (5). He also caught a touchdown pass in each of Columbia’s last three games in 2016 and also finished second on the squad in all-purpose yardage with 800. He finished fifth in the Ivy League in both receptions per game and receiving yards per game, seventh in the league in all-purpose yards per game and also caught an 88-yard touchdown reception, Columbia’s longest scoring play of 2016.
This year, Wainwright has 25 catches for 345 yards and four touchdowns. Wainwright also leads the Lions in all-purpose yards with 423 for the year (345 receiving, 78 on punt returns). For his 13-game, 12 start career, Wainwright has caught 67 passes for 860 yards and nine touchdowns.
On Oct. 2, Smith was named Columbia’s first Ivy League Offensive Player of the Week since Oct. 4, 2010 when he set a school-record and Princeton Stadium record with a career-high 236 receiving yards on 10 receptions. He also caught the game-winning touchdown pass on a 63-yard catch and run. His 236-yard receiving game ranks 11th among single-game totals in Ivy League history and marks the fourth highest total in FCS football this year. He also tied a career-high with two touchdown receptions and caught two TD passes for the second consecutive game. He surpassed Columbia’s single-game receiving yards record of 214 yards set by Bill Wazevich vs. Princeton on October 7, 1967. His game-winning 63-yard touchdown reception marked the longest catch of his career. The performance marked Smith’s third 100-yard receiving game of his career. His previous career-high for receiving yards was 195 yards and his career-high for receptions still stands at 11 vs. Yale on Oct. 28, 2016.
For his nine-game and six-start career, Smith has caught 47 passes for 803 yards and eight touchdowns.
BIG PLAY OFFENSE
Columbia now has a group of playmakers who can make big plays. It has three receivers- Josh Wainwright, Ronald Smith and Emerson Kabus- who each have a catch for over 60 yards or more and each has registered a 100-yard receiving game. In defensive back Will Allen, Columbia also has a kickoff returner capable of scoring a touchdown on any given play. The return of running back Lynnard Rose from injury gives the Lions another playmaking threat.
OFFENSIVE QUICK HITS
*Columbia is averaging 412.8 yards of total offense per game, up from 326.5 yards per game in 2016. It is averaging 276.8 yards passing per game
*Columbia is averaging 30.2 points per game, up from 18.5 points per game in 2016.
*Columbia is averaging 22 first downs per game, up from 17.7 first downs per game in 2016.
*Quarterback Anders Hill is on a hot streak. Combining his last two games against both Marist and Princeton, he has thrown for 750 yards and five touchdowns, completed 50 of 73 passes (68 percent) and had only two passes intercepted.
*Hill has been responsible for 12 of Columbia’s 16 touchdowns on the year. In his last game against Marist, he was responsible for all five Lions touchdowns. He ranks No. 12 nationally and No. 2 in the Ivy League in points responsible for (18.0 per game).
*One under-the-radar statistical category that stands out is Hill’s efficiency and success on third downs. Coming into Saturday’s game, on third downs, when Hill passes, he has incredibly completed 32 of 41 passes for 495 yards and four touchdowns and has converted first downs 24 times. Against Marist when Hill passed on third down, he completed nine of 10 for 97 yards and six first downs.
*Ronald Smith leads all Ivy League receivers in receiving yards with 411 on 26 catches. Josh Wainwright is ranked No. 6 with 345 on 25 catches.
*Three receivers have totaled 100-yard receiving games: Ronald Smith (school-record 236 at Princeton), Josh Wainwright (104 vs. Wagner) and Emerson Kabus (114 at Marist). All three have at least one catch of over 60 yards.
*Junior wide receiver Kyle Castner was the surprise of preseason. The former quarterback made a position switch to wide receiver in the offseason. In four starters, Castner has eight catches for 99 yards.
*Backup first-year quarterback Josh Bean has scored three rushing touchdowns in three games. He is used primarily in short yardage rushing situations.
*Sophomore running back Lynnard Rose saw action for the first time this year at Marist. Rose missed the first three games with an injury. He rushed for 32 yards on seven carries and caught a pass.
COLUMBIA BRINGS THE DEFENSE
Over the last three seasons, Columbia’s defense has proved to be a team strength. Defensive coordinator Paul Ferraro has guided a unit that ranked among the nation’s best in a variety of statistical categories. So far this year, Columbia’s defense has allowed just 17.2 points per game (No. 17 nationally) and it ranks No. 32 nationally in red zone defense. In addition, opponents have converted just 27.8 percent of their third downs (No. 8 nationally), 20 percent of their fourth downs (No. 10 nationally) and 62 percent of their first downs (No. 3 nationally).
In 2016, Columbia ranked among national leaders in third down conversion defense (No. 5, 29.3), first down defense (No. 7, 177.0) and team tackles for loss (No. 14, 7.6 per game). In addition, Columbia ranked a respectable No. 39 in total defense (354.9 yards allowed per game) and No. 43 in scoring defense (24.7 points per game allowed).
Ferraro returned six starters from the 2016 team, including all four defensive linemen: Dominic Perkovic, Ivy League Second Team pick Lord Hyeamang, Connor Heeb and Mike Hinton, along with defensive backs in Ivy League Second Team selection Cameron Roane and Landon Baty. Additionally, the Lions returned seven of their top-8 defensive linemen, five linebackers with in-game experience and senior cornerback Denzel Hill, who emerged at the tailend of 2016.
Columbia’s defensive success is a carryover from the 2015 season—Ferraro’s first season at Columbia—which saw a tremendous leap in defensive efficiency, as Columbia improved from the 115th best team in total defense in 2014, to the No. 8 ranked team at 291.1 yards per game a season ago.
The Lions also yielded just 19.8 points per game which ranked as the FCS’s No. 17 best tally, while holding opponents to 13 points or less four times. It also ranked No. 2 in the Ivy League in total defense and led the conference in pass defense (186.9 yards per game). In addition, Columbia ranked No. 8 nationally in rushing defense (103.4 yards per game), No. 5 in third down conversion defense (.265) and No. 3 in first down conversion defense (148). The defense also accumulated 23 sacks for 140 yards, which ranked No. 4 in the Ivy League.
DEFENSIVE QUICK HITS
*Columbia’s defense has held opponents to just 17.2 points per game and 316.5 yards of total offense per game. Running the ball has been hard for opponents against the Lions as opponents have averaged just 121.8 yards rushing per game.
*Columbia has also held opponents to just 15.5 first downs per game.
*Columbia has shut out three of its four opponents in the first half. The Lions have only allowed 14 first half points this year, all to Princeton on Sept. 30. Through the first four games, Columbia has outscored its opponents 87-14 in the first half.
*Columbia leads the league in turnover margin with eight takeaways and five giveaways. Ironically, after not registering a turnover in each of its first two games, Columbia has totaled eight turnovers (five interceptions and three fumble recoveries) in its last two contests vs. Princeton and at Marist.
*Three Lions are ranked among league leaders in tackles: junior safety Ryan Gilbert (No. 4 at 32), senior safety Landon Baty (No. 6 at 30) and junior linebacker Sean White (No. 14 at 26). Backup junior linebacker Calvin Falkenhayn leads the Lions in tackles for loss.
*Defensive line is a team strength as the Lions returned a deep and experienced unit. All four starters and seven of its top eight players returned to the squad including Second Team All-Ivy League selection Lord Hyeamang (nine tackles, FR, 2.5 TFL), senior Dominic Perkovic (11 tackles), senior Connor Heeb (seven tackles) and junior Mike Hinton (11 tackles). Other key players are senior Alex Holme (nine tackles) and sophomores Arman Samouk (six tackles) and Daniel DeLorenzi (six tackles, three QB hurries).
*Columbia had to replace all three of its starting linebackers from the 2016 season. The transition has been seamless as this year’s group of linebackers has displayed athleticism and toughness. Sophomore Jalen Williams (12 tackles, three QB hurries), junior Sean White (26 tackles, INT, 2.5 TFL, 3 pass breakups) and sophomore Michael Murphy (18 tackles, 1.5 TFL) have all emerged as starters and key contributors. In addition, junior Calvin Falkenhayn (nine tackles, team leader with 4.0 TFL) and senior Parker Tobia (three tackles) have both played key roles. White ranks 14th in the league in tackles.
*Safety Ryan Gilbert leads the Lions in tackles with 32 (16 solo). He ranks fourth in the Ivy League in tackles. He has started all four games and registered a career-high 14 tackles at Princeton
*Senior co-captain Landon Baty has been the Lions’ sparkplug on defense, ranking second on the squad with 30 tackles (nine solo) and registering an interception and forced fumble/fumble recovery. His career-high is 12 tackles vs. Wagner.
*Columbia has only registered three sacks on the season, the lowest total in the Ivy League.
SPECIAL TEAMS NOTES
*Columbia has enjoyed superb special teams play in 2017. It has blocked two field goals (both vs. Wagner) and recovered an on-side kick (at Princeton). The Lions rank No. 13 in punt returns (13.0 yards per return), No. 15 in kickoff return defense (17.1 yards allowed per kick), No. 16 nationally in blocked kicks (2) and No. 23 in kickoff return yardage (23.3).
*Field goal specialist Oren Milstein was named the Ivy League Special Teams Player of the Week (Oct. 9) after converting two field goals and all five of his extra points vs. Marist. He has nailed 15 of 18 career field goal attempts, won three career games on field goals and converted all 32 of his career point after attempts. He has earned the Ivy League Special Teams Player of the Week award three times and has won five total conference awards.
*Senior punter Parker Thome leads the Ivy League in punting at 42.4 yards per punt. He also ranks No. 18 nationally in the same statistic. Though he only punted once against Marist, he has placed eight of his 17 punts inside the 20-yard line and he has four punts of 50 or more yards (long of 53).
*First-year kickoff returner Will Allen ranks No. 3 in the Ivy League in kickoff returns with a 23.3 yards per KOR average (11 for 256 yards).
*Junior kickoff specialist Chris Alleyne has registered touchbacks in six of 21 kickoffs.
*Sophomore punt returner Josh Wainwright ranks No. 11 nationally and No. 3 in the Ivy League at 13.0 yards per punt return.
BAGNOLI IN THIRD SEASON AT COLUMBIA HELM
Patricia and Shepard Alexander Head Coach of Football Al Bagnoli is in his third season guiding the Columbia Football program. In his 36th year as a head coach, Bagnoli owns a 244-113 overall record and previously led Penn to nine Ivy League titles. He has turned football programs around at both Union College, N.Y. and Penn, where he guided the Quakers to nine Ivy League championships.
In Ivy League records, he ranks among all-time Ivy League coaches in league titles (tied for No. 2 with 9), most games overall coached in the Ivy League (No. 2 at 251), most games coached vs. Ivy League teams (No. 2 with 176), most overall coaching wins in the Ivy League (No. 3 at 156), most coaching wins vs. Ivy League teams (No. 2 with 116) and most seasons coached in the Ivy League (No. 4 at 26th). Nationally and combining all NCAA levels, Bagnoli ranks No. 6 among winningest active college coaches by victories with 243. Among national FCS coaches, Bagnoli currently ranks No. 3 among winningest active coaches with 244 wins and No. 11 among all-time winningest FCS coaches by victories (244).
Bagnoli’s players have also achieved success with three former players taken in the NFL Draft, 23 have signed NFL free agent contracts, five have won the Ivy League’s Bushnell Cup Awards, eight have earned First Team All-America honors, 125 were All-Ivy League First Team selections and 203 earned All-Ivy League honors.
In his 36 years as a head coach, Bagnoli has experienced only four seasons of sub-.500 football.
CLOSE CALLS AND TIGHTLY CONTESTED GAMES
Since Al Bagnoli took over as head coach in 2015, Columbia has been competitive in almost every game. Of Columbia’s 15 losses under Bagnoli, 11 have been decided by 10 points or fewer.
Five of Columbia’s seven losses in 2016 were decided by 10 points or less, while Columbia’s average margin of loss in 2016 was 12.0. A 35-point loss to Princeton on Oct. 1, 2016 and a 25-point loss at Penn on Oct. 25, 2016 were uncharacteristic of Bagnoli’s teams at Columbia. Additionally, the Lions were competitive in every game in 2015, Bagnoli’s first season at Columbia, as six of their eight losses were decided by 10 points or less. In contrast, during its 10 losses in 2014, Columbia lost all 10 games by a combined 28.6 points per loss.
Since Bagnoli became Columbia’s head coach at the start of the 2015 season, 14 of Columbia’s 24 total games have been decided by 10 points or less. Columbia has also won nine of those contests.
COLUMBIA-MARIST POST-GAME NOTES
*Columbia wore all white uniforms, white pants, white jerseys, white helmets.
*With its 24-point victory, Columbia registered its largest victory since a 42-14 win against Princeton on Oct. 2, 2010.
*With its 41 points, Columbia scored its most points in a game since it put up 41 in a 62-41 loss at Cornell on Nov. 12, 2011.
*The win gave Columbia its first 4-0 start since the 1996 season when it won six straight games.
*Columbia won its fifth consecutive game. The last time Columbia won five straight games was in 1996 when the Lions were victorious in six straight contests from Sept. 21-Nov. 2, 1996.
*Columbia posted a team season-high 491 yards of total offense. The Lions have posted 400 or more yards of total offense in back-to-back games (448 vs. Princeton last week).
*For the third time in four games, Columbia’s defense held an opponent scoreless at halftime. It led 14-0 vs. Wagner in the season opener, held a 21-0 lead vs. Georgetown and led 38-0 vs. Marist. Columbia’s defense has only yielded 14 first half points this season: to Princeton.
*Columbia scored 21 points in the first quarter, last time the Lions scored 21 or more points in a quarter was vs. Yale on Oct. 28, 2017 when Columbia scored 23 points in the fourth quarter.
*Senior quarterback Anders Hill was responsible for five touchdowns in the game (two rushing and three passing). He threw for 350 yards and completed 23 of 33 passes and three touchdowns. His two rushing touchdowns signified a new career-high and he has now totaled five career rushing touchdowns. Combining each of the last two games against both Princeton and Marist, Hill has thrown for 750 yards and completed 50 of 73 passes for 750 yards and five touchdowns with only two interceptions.
*First-year Emerson Kabus finished with career-highs of four catches for 114 yards and a touchdown. His 65-yard reception marked a career-long reception and his touchdown reception marked the first of his five-game career. He also caught four passes last week against Princeton.
*Sophomore Josh Wainwright caught a 69-yard touchdown pass in the second quarter. It marked Columbia’s longest play from scrimmage this year. It was the second longest reception and pass for Wainwright and Hill as they hooked up for an 88-yard TD pass last year vs. Princeton. He now has four TD receptions on the year. He finished with five catches for 89 yards.
*Sophomore Christian Everett caught the first touchdown pass of his career, a five-yard TD on Columbia’s first drive of the game.
*Sophomore placekicker Oren Milstein converted a season-high two field goals, both 39-yarders. He also converted five point after attempts, is a perfect 16-16 this year and extended his string to 32 consecutive point after attempts. He now has made three field goals on the year.
*Columbia converted three fourth down conversions in the first quarter including two on its second scoring drive. It is now 6-9 on fourth down this year.
*Junior wide receiver Kyle Castner finished the day with a career-high four receptions for 65 yards receiving. His 27-yard reception was the longest of his career.
*Senior strong safety Landon Baty registered his third career interception and first of the year in the first quarter.
*Sophomore running back Lynnard Rose made his first appearance of the season today. He finished the day with seven carries for 32 rushing yards. He ran for a 10-yard gain in the third quarter and had a season-long 15-yard carry in the third quarter.
*Sophomore tight end Ben Hill made the first reception of his career in the second quarter.
*Junior quarterback Ryan Suitt saw his first action at quarterback this year.
*Sophomore defensive back Hunter Lunsford picked off the first pass of his career in the fourth quarter in his first action of the year.
*First-year running back Marquavious Moore made his first appearance in a Lion uniform and rushed for 15 yards on four carries.
*Columbia improved to 3-0 all-time vs. Marist. It was the largest victory in the three-game series. Columbia is scheduled to play Marist three more times: 2018, 2021 and 2022.