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Cornell falls to Columbia in Empire State Bowl

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  • Kyle Evans 

Columbia rushed for 167 yards and four touchdowns, controlling the tempo and keeping Cornell on its heels to claim a 45-22 victory on Saturday afternoon at Wien Stadium in a battle for the Empire State Bowl. The Lions close the season 6-4 (3-4 Ivy), while the Big Red ended its season 5-5 (2-5 Ivy). 

Sophomore Jameson Wang threw for 196 yards and three touchdowns, including two to fifth-year senior Thomas Glover, and ran for 70 more as Cornell put up 338 yards of offense in the loss. Glover ended the day with six catches for 74 yards, giving him 106 catches for 1,347 yards and 10 touchdowns for his career. Matt Robbert also hauled in five passes for 73 yards and a touchdown, capping his school record-breaking three touchdowns for a tight end. Freshman Austin Holmes had 36 rushing yards, and Drew Powell added 31 more as the Big Red posted 136 yards on the ground against Columbia.

The Big Red defense got eight tackles from Jake Stebbins, six apiece by Demetrius Harris and Connor Henderson, and forced fumbles by Trey Harris and Brody Kidwell

The Lions piled up 398 yards of offense with 231 in the air with Caden Bell completing 11-of-17 passes, including a touchdown to JJ Jenkins. Joey Giorgi had 91 rushing yards and a touchdown, Ryan Young found the end zone twice, and Tyson Edwards added a fourth on the ground. Fara’ad McCombs caught three passes for 73 yards, posted eight tackles on defense, and returned an on-sides kick attempt 48 yards for a touchdown in the closing moments of the contest.

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