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Ithaca Welcomes St. John Fisher on Saturday for Hall of Fame Weekend

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ITHACA, N.Y. – The Ithaca College football team is back at Butterfield Stadium this Saturday for a non-conference matchup with former Empire 8 rival St. John Fisher College at 1 p.m. Saturday's contest also marks Hall of Fame weekend on South Hill. More information about this year's class is listed below.

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ALL-TIME SERIES:
Saturday's contest featuring Ithaca and St. John Fisher will mark the 20th all-time meeting between the former Empire 8 Conference rivals. Fisher owns the series lead, which dates back to 1998, by a slim, 10-9, margin.

Ithaca dominated the series early on, winning the first six meetings by an average margin of nearly 29 points per game (39.3 to 10.5). Fisher earned its initial win of the rivalry in 2004 by a 45-38 score, and then went on to win seven of the next eight games (seven straight from 2006-12). The Bombers got back on track with wins in 2013 (25-22) and 2014 (19-8), but the Cardinals have prevails in each of the past two showdowns – 34-0 and 34-17.

There have been three shutouts over the previous 19 bouts – two for Ithaca (44-0 in 1999 and 52-0 in 2001) and one for Fisher (34-0 in 2015).

HALL OF FAME RECOGNITION: During halftime of Saturday's contest, Ithaca College will recognize the newest Hall of Fame class, which will formally be inducted later in the evening at the Athletics and Events Center as part of the 48th ceremony. ESPN SportsCenter Anchor and Ithaca College alumnus Kevin Connors '97 will serve as Master of Ceremonies for the third straight year.

This year's class consists of the 1989-1990 back-to-back national championship wrestling teams, Tariq Ahmad '04 (football, track & field, basketball), Lynn Anne Bolton '96 (field hockey, swimming & diving), Joseph Campo '49 (wrestling, football, track & field), Ryan Ciotoli '02 (wrestling), Joe Fitzgerald '93 (football, Olympics), Maria Hutsick '75 (athletic training), Bonnie McDowell O'Kane '96 (volleyball), Brian Parrotte '88 (baseball), Tyler Schulz '04 (basketball) and Hannah Shalett Quintana '07 (softball).

STILL IN THE HUNT: Despite its 27-14 loss to RPI last Saturday, Ithaca still has a chance at winning the Liberty League title. As the league standings read heading into Saturday, Union is perfect at 2-0 and Ithaca is 3-1, to sit atop the conference. Hobart and RPI are both 1-1, while Rochester and St. Lawrence are 0-2. Hobart and Union play each other Saturday, as do Rochester and St. Lawrence.

VITO SHINES AT RPI: Freshman wide receiver Andrew Vito produced a breakout performance in Troy last weekend with seven catches for 123 yards and a touchdown. His touchdown score came on the opening drive of the game from 26 yards out. Later in the game, he recorded grabs of 34 and 37 yards.

NABI ECLIPSES 300 AGAIN: Although he threw four interceptions at RPI, freshman quarterback Wahid Nabi surpassed more than 300 yards passing for the third time this season. Nabi went 23-for-42 in the contest for 329 yards and a pair of touchdowns. By reaching 300-plus yards last week, Nabi now owns three of the top 15 passing performances in school history since 1993.

DEFENSE HAS BEEN TOUGH: Over the past two contests, the Ithaca defense has surrendered an average of 250.5 yards per game and generated three turnovers. The Bombers' secondary has also shut down the aerial attack each of the past two games, as they have allowed just an average of 112 yards through the air.

SCOUTING FISHER: Fisher has had a tough start to the season, as the Cardinals are 1-5. Fisher ran through a gauntlet of top teams early on in 2017. The Cardinals opened with Washington & Jefferson, which is now ranked No. 15, and then played at Hobart (preseason No. 14). From there, Fisher squared off with No. 22 Brockport and 18th ranked Alfred.

SJFC secured its first win of the season last week in a thrilling 39-36 five-overtime triumph over Utica. The Cardinals blocked a punt for a touchdown and made five field goals in the win.

Fisher is averaging 18.5 points per game this season and is allowing 31.2. The Cardinal offense puts up 308 yards a game, while the defense surrenders 457.3 per outing.

The offense runs through James Chambers, who has amassed 513 rushing yards and five touchdowns, as well as 207 receiving yards and two more scores. Fisher also uses two quarterbacks throughout a contest – Joshua Michels (705 passing yards, four TDs) and Johnathan Letta (318 passing yards, 192 rushing yards and three TDs).

Defensively, Demarre Nelson has intercepted five passes, while Evan Majewski and Justin Rivera have each tallied 62 tackles.

UP NEXT: The Bombers head to Utica College next Saturday, October 28 for a non-conference matchup at 1 p.m. Ithaca will then return home for the final two games of the regular season against Union (November 4) and Cortland (November 11).

STATISTICS:

ITHACA | ST. JOHN FISHER

Aug. 30: All times Eastern
TBA
University of New England at Coast Guard
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Frostburg State at Stevenson
6:00 PM
Alma at Baldwin Wallace
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7:00 PM
Randolph-Macon at Johns Hopkins
7:00 PM
Hamline at Buena Vista
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7:00 PM
LaGrange at Birmingham-Southern
7:00 PM
Trinity (Texas) at McMurry
7:30 PM
Manchester at Trine
8:00 PM
St. Olaf at Crown
8:00 PM
Millsaps at Belhaven
8:00 PM
UW-Platteville at East Texas Baptist
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Aug. 31: All times Eastern
TBA
Utica at St. Lawrence
6:00 PM
Delaware Valley at Wesley
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7:00 PM
WPI at Anna Maria
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7:00 PM
Western New England at Springfield
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7:00 PM
Nichols at Westfield State
7:00 PM
Millikin at Hope
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7:00 PM
TCNJ at FDU-Florham
7:00 PM
Becker at MIT
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Dec. 9: All times Eastern
Final
Mount Union 43, at UW-Oshkosh 40
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at Mary Hardin-Baylor 24, Brockport 0
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Dec. 15: All times Eastern
Final
Mount Union 12, at Mary Hardin-Baylor 0
@ Salem, Va.
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