ITHACA, N.Y. – The Ithaca College football team forced five turnovers and defeated 25th-ranked St. John Fisher 25-22 on Saturday at Butterfield Stadium. The victory was the 150th career coaching win for Ithaca head coach Mike Welch, in his 20th season at the helm of the Bomber program. Ithaca improved to 6-1 on the season and is 4-1 in the Empire 8. St. John Fisher dropped to 5-2 overall and 2-2 in the E8.
The Bombers built a 25-14 lead in the fourth quarter and withstood a comeback attempt by the Cardinals. The victory snapped Ithaca's seven-game losing streak to St. John Fisher. Ithaca had four field goals in the game and added touchdowns from Ben Cary and Evan Skea. It was the first-career touchdown for each of those players.
St. John Fisher's passing attack, which ranks 26th nationally in yards, was countered by an Ithaca defense that had two interceptions, two sacks and broke up eight passes. Cornerback Brian Garvey made a career-high 14 tackles.