Ithaca Returns Home to Play Hobart on Saturday

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ITHACA, N.Y. - After nearly a month on the road and a bye week, the Ithaca College football program returns home to Butterfield Stadium for a Liberty League showdown with Hobart College on Saturday at 1 p.m. Ithaca picked up its first win of the season against St. Lawrence, 24-13, on September 16 before its off week, while Hobart sports a 3-1 mark coming into tomorrow's contest.



ALL-TIME SERIES: Ithaca leads the all-time series over Hobart, 25-5, dating back to 1961. Over the past seven meetings (since 2000), Hobart has won four times. IC won the first 10 meetings before Hobart snapped the streak in 1983, and then the Bombers would go on to win 12 consecutive matchups until 2000.

The Bombers have never lost to the Statesmen at Butterfield Stadium in 14 all-time meetings, and have won by an average margin of 20.5 points.

There have been two shutouts throughout the rivalry – 49-0 Ithaca in 1978 and 19-0 Hobart in 2000. The local rivals have also squared off once in the NCAA Tournament, which Hobart won, 22-15, in 2014.

Ithaca's largest margin of victory over Hobart was 58-0 in 1988, while the Statesmen's most lopsided win took place last season by a 23-3 outcome.
LAST TIME OUT: Ithaca secured its first victory of the season on September 16 at St. Lawrence, 24-13, to extend its winning streak over the Saints to 23 consecutive games. IC was on a bye week last Saturday.
LIBERTY LEAGUE RECOGNITION: After the win over St. Lawrence, junior Brian Gill and freshman Wahid Nabi earned Liberty League honors.

Gill was named Defensive Performer of the Week after he notched nine tackles, three for a loss to total 19 yards, and a sack.

Nabi was selected as Rookie of the Week after a career outing in his second collegiate appearance. He threw for 357 yards on 19-of-27 passing and three touchdowns to become the first Bomber quarterback to eclipse that mark in 12 years. He would then be named ECAC North Rookie of the Week.
BROWN CLOSER TO MILESTONE: Senior running back Tristan Brown inched closer to 2,000 career rushing yards against St. Lawrence, as he ran for 58 yards on 18 carries. He is now just 28 yards away from the milestone, which will make Brown the 10th running back in school history to rush for more than 2,000 yards.
DEFENSIVE SHUTDOWN: The Bomber defense put together their best performance of the season in the 24-13 win over St. Lawrence two weeks ago. IC allowed just 291 yards, which was more than 100 yards fewer than its season average through two games (394.5), and notched nine tackles for a loss and two interceptions. In the previous two outings, Ithaca forced just one turnover and totaled eight tackles for loss.
AIR ATTACK: On the receiving end of Nabi's career afternoon in the North Country, sophomore Will Gladney hauled in seven passes for a career-high 180 yards and two touchdowns. Senior JR Zazzara racked up 99 yards on four catches, including a long of 80 yards. Freshman Andrew Vito recorded his first collegiate touchdown on a 35-yard catch-and-run, and finished the game with 63 yards on four receptions.
SCOUTING THE STATESMEN: Hobart enters this weekend's Liberty League contest on a three-game winning streak after dropping its season opener. The Statesmen are averaging 35.3 points per game this season and are allowing 21.0 points a contest. Yardage wise, Hobart totals 420 yards of offense a game and surrenders 394.8.

Hobart possesses two All-Americans on the offensive side of the ball in quarterback Shane Sweeney and wide receiver Brandon Shed. Sweeney has thrown for 982 yards and eight touchdowns so far this season, while Shed has 19 receptions for 266 yards and a pair of scores. Four other Statesmen have accumulated more than 100 yards receiving through four games.

The Statesmen also sport a two-headed attack in the backfield in Dakota Harvey (267 yards and five touchdowns) and Joe Letizia (252 yards and three touchdowns).

Defensively, Hobart has notched 16 tackles for loss and eight sacks. Jedh Downey leads the way with 44 tackles, while Jayson Prince and Brandon Ball each have 3.5 tackles for loss and three sacks.
UP NEXT: Ithaca heads to the University of Rochester next Saturday, October 7 at 12 p.m. It will be the first-ever meeting between the two schools.



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