GAME NOTES: Ithaca Takes on Cortland in 60th Jug Game Saturday

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ITHACA, N.Y. – The 60th Cortaca Jug Game, or once known as "The Biggest Little Game in the Nation" is set to kick off between Ithaca College and SUNY Cortland at 12 p.m. this Saturday, November 10 at the SUNY Cortland Stadium Complex.

Both teams bring 7-2 records into Saturday's matchup, which is the best combined records for the rivals since 2008. During that season, Cortland was 9-0 and No. 7 in the nation, while Ithaca was 8-1 and No. 17. The Bombers came away with a 35-13 victory in that installment of the Jug Game.





ALL-TIME SERIES: The Ithaca-Cortland rivalry dates back to 1930, which was the first season Ithaca sponsored football. Cortland has been playing football since 1893. The Bombers lead the all-time series, 40-33-3. In 1959, the rivalry hit new heights as Cortland captain Tom Decker and Ithaca captain Dick Carmean purchased a jug, which has been presented to the winning team since.

The scores from each contest on printed on the Jug. Cortaca I ran out of space in the mid-1980s, which resulted in a second Jug. Cortaca II filled up in 2015, and at the 2016 Cortaca press conference the third Jug was unveiled.

Ithaca leads the Cortaca Jug series, 35-24. Fifteen of the last 21 matchups have been decided by eight points or fewer. The Bombers own the longest winning streak in the rivalry with nine straight victories from 1973-81, but Cortland most recently won seven straight from 2010-16.

IC SNAPS CORTLAND'S STREAK IN 2017: Last season, the Bombers snapped Cortland's seven-year run as the winner of the Cortaca Jug with a convincing 48-20 victory at Butterfield Stadium.

The Bombers jumped out to a 20-6 lead after the first quarter behind three touchdown passes by Wahid Nabi, who went on to set a school record with six touchdowns in the game. By halftime, IC led, 34-6, with two more touchdowns from Nabi.

Cortland came out of intermission and trimmed its deficit to 34-20 with 6:02 left in the third quarter, but the sixth TD pass from Nabi to Jared Bauer pushed the lead back up to three scores heading to the fourth quarter. Tristan Brown capped on the win for IC with a two-yard TD run with just under three minutes left in the game.

LAST TIME OUT: IC improved to 7-2 on the season with a 10-3 Liberty League win at Hobart last Saturday. Ithaca trailed, 3-0, at halftime, but took the lead with 2:43 left in the third quarter on a 12-yard run by Kendall Anderson. A 19-yard field goal by Brian Fallon extended IC's lead to 10-3 early on in the fourth quarter.

Ithaca's defense was once again the talk of the game, as the unit held the Liberty League's top scoring offense to 33 points below its season average. Hobart only managed to gain 231 yards in the contest, and Statesmen quarterback Ryan Hofmann threw for only 100 yards. Hofmann was averaging 266 yards per game.

Anderson once again rushed for 120 yards on 26 carries to pace the offense, while Will Gladney set the school's career record for receptions in the win. Gladney now has 155 catches in his career.

START SPREADING THE NEWS: At Wednesday's press conference, Ithaca made the exciting announcement that the 2019 Cortaca Jug Game will be played at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. on November 16 at 1 p.m. Ithaca and Cortland accepted an invitational from the New York City chapter of the National Football Foundation to play the rivalry contest at the home of the New York Giants and New York Jets. Tickets will go on sale on December 1 of this year and are priced at $15, $25 and $35 for the general public. Ithaca and Cortland faculty, staff and student tickets are priced at $15.

A "FISH" OUT OF WATER: Junior John Hadac was named Liberty League Defensive Performer of the Week on Monday after his game against Hobart. Hadac recorded six tackles (five solo), a tackle for loss, a sack and two forced fumbles. The second forced fumble came on the sack at the end of the third quarter as Hobart was inside the Ithaca 25-yard line.

ANDERSON CONTINUES TO IMPRESS: Through the first four games of the season, Anderson carried the ball just 19 times for 86 yards and one touchdown. Since then, he has stepped in as the feature running back in the Ithaca offense and has logged 87 carries for 409 yards and three scores. Over the past two contests, he has compiled 120 yards in each outing.

DIII STATISTICAL RANKINGS: Ithaca ranks within the top 28 in Division III in nine different defensive categories. IC is sixth in scoring defense (8.4 points per game), seventh in red zone defense (.48%), ninth in rush defense (60.6 yards per game), 12th in total defense (227.4 yards per game), 15th in third down defense (26.7%), 18th in first down defense (120), 21st in passing efficiency defense (97.72), 26th turnover margin (.89) and 28th in turnovers gained (22).

SCOUTING THE RED DRAGONS: Cortland is 7-2 on the season and posted a 5-2 mark in the Empire 8 Conference. The Red Dragons finished second in the conference and are in line to compete in the New York Bowl, which is between the No. 2 teams in the Empire 8 and Liberty League, the following week if they do not earn an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament.

Cortland possesses one of the most potent offenses in DIII at 41.3 points per game 454.0 yards per contest. Brett Segala runs the offense at quarterback and averages 278.9 yards passing per game. Segala is 15th in DIII with 25 touchdown passes and 17th in passing yards with 2,510. He is also responsible for 182 points this season, which ranks 16th.

Cole Burgess is one of the best returners in the country as he averages 29.8 yards per kick return – good for 14th overall. His 656 combined return yards in 12th.

The Red Dragons have also blocked four punts on the season to rank sixth in DIII, while their 16 interceptions are 10th.

Saturday's game is your classic potent offense vs. stingy defense. Cortland has scored 41 points or more in six games this season, while Ithaca has not allowed more than 14 in any contest.

The Red Dragon offense has also eclipsed more than 331 yards in every game but one (237 vs. Brockport. The most yardage IC has allowed in a game this season is 355 to St. John Fisher. In four other contests this year, the Bombers have held their opposition below 200 yards of total offense.

UP NEXT: After Saturday's game, Ithaca will await the selections for the NCAA Division III Football Championship.

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