|Brett Segala had a big day in front of an announced crowd of 10,000 for the Cortaca Jug game.
Ithaca athletics photo
|The Monon Bell hasn't been surrounded by the Black and Old Gold since this year's seniors were in ninth grade.
DePauw athletics photo
|The Dutchman Shoes haven't been in RPI's possession often, but they have lived in Troy for four years straight.
RPI athletics photo by Perry Laskaris
Cortland extended its Cortaca Jug streak, while DePauw snapped its losing streak in the Monon Bell game and Randolph-Macon's win in The Game propelled it to the playoffs in Saturday's final-week rivalry games.
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Jon Mannix came up big one more time on the Cortaca Jug stage, as the Cortland wide receiver caught 11 passes for 190 yards and a touchdown in Cortland's 28-16 win vs. Ithaca.
The win gave Cortland possession of the Cortaca Jug for the seventh consecutive season, and marked the final game of Mike Welch's career as Bombers head coach, as both teams finished 5-5. The streak has cut Ithaca's advantage in the series to 39-33, with three ties.
Brett Segala, the last man standing after injuires at quarterback for the Red Dragons this season, was 27-for-46 passing for 358 yards and four touchdowns against three interceptions. The Cortland defense got to the Bombers and quarterback Wolfgang Shafer for eight sacks and broke up eight passes in the win.
Matt Hunt ran for 159 yards and three touchdowns and threw for 241 yards and two more scores as DePauw took the Monon Bell home for the first time since 2008, defeating archrival Wabash 37-34. In addition to reviving the Tigers' long-dormant bragging rights, the win knocked Wabash off the bubble and ensured the Little Giants will not return to the playoffs.
Randolph-Macon scored the last 24 points of The Game, beating archrival Hampden-Sydney 48-23 and clinching the Old Dominion Athletic Conference automatic bid in the process. the Tigers (3-7, 3-4) had taken a 20-17 lead on an Alec Cobb touchdown pass with 2:01 to go in the second quarter, but Tre Frederick answered with a 39-yard TD catch 24 seconds later and the Yellow Jackets never trailed again in front of an announced crowd of 10,500. Randolph-Macon enters the playoffs at 9-1, 6-1.
Mike Tivinis rushed for 117 yards and two touchdowns to lead RPI to a 21-12 victory over visiting Union. With the win in the oldest collegiate football rivalry in New York State, the Engineers won the Dutchman Shoes Trophy for the fourth straight year for the first time in the series history. RPI had previously won three straight in 1957-59 and 2006-08. Even with the streak, Union still leads the series 80-30, with four ties.
Amherst managed to salvage a .500 record out of an otherwise forgettable season and dealt Williams its first winless season since the dawn of Division III, defeating the Ephs 28-3. Nick Morales threw two touchdowns and Alex Berluti threw two more in relief of him in the win. It was the 131st meeting of the two rivals.
Hardin-Simmons didn't let its crosstown rival get between it and a potential playoff bid, as the Cowboys defeated the War Hawks 47-17. Jaquan Hemphill ran for six touchdowns in the win, with Ryan Breton throwing for the other, to Devonte' Walker.
Delaware Valley rolled over Widener 45-7 to retain the Keystone Cup as Deshawn Darden ran for two touchdowns and threw for two more. More rivalry roundup to come.