Lions Host No. 24 Dartmouth for 74th Annual Homecoming Game


AME NOTES NEW YORK—Columbia (3-2, 0-2 Ivy League) hosts its 2018 Homecoming Game on Saturday, Oct. 20 when it hosts first-place and No. 24 ranked Dartmouth (5-0, 2-0 Ivy League) at Robert K. Kraft Field at Lawrence A. Wien Stadium. The matchup marks Columbia's 74th annual Homecoming Game since 1946. The game will be televised live on Sportsnet NY (SNY) and live streamed on ESPN+ with Lance Medow (play-by-play) and Sal Licata (color analyst) calling action. The Columbia Online Radio Network will air a simulcast of the television broadcast live with Medow and Licata. The audio only broadcast is available for free at www.gocolumbialions.com. SATURDAY'S TOP STORYLINES

  • Columbia hosts first-place, undefeated Dartmouth (5-0) on Saturday for its 74th annual Homecoming Game. Dartmouth is one of four remaining undefeated teams at the FCS level.

  • Columbia's Homecoming tradition began in 1946. Columbia has won each of its last two Homecoming Games: 34-31 in OT vs. Penn last year and 9-7 vs. Dartmouth in 2016.

  • Columbia has won five of its last seven games and 12 of its last 16 games dating back to the conclusion of the 2016 season. The Lions are coming off their most successful season in 21 years after posting an 8-2 record and second place finish in the Ivy League at 5-2 in 2017.

ABOUT THE LIONS Winners of 12 of its last 16 games, Columbia is coming off a closely-contested 13-10 loss to Penn last Saturday. The Lions had several opportunities to win the game but couldn't convert. Columbia has also suffered injuries to a variety of key players and is relying on a number of first-years and sophomores at a variety of positions. On Oct. 6, Columbia concluded its non-conference schedule with a 3-0 record after defeating Marist 34-24 The Lions' Ivy League opener was a 45-10 loss to No. 21/25 Princeton on Friday, Sept. 28. Columbia won its first two games against Northeast Conference champion and NEC preseason favorite Central Connecticut State (41-24) and a Lou Little Cup win at Georgetown (23-15). Columbia is also coming off one of its most successful seasons in school history in 2017 under Head Coach Al Bagnoli. In 2018, the Lions returned 14 of 22 starters (seven on offense and seven on defense) and six All-Ivy League selections from a program that recorded its best season in 21 years. Last year, Columbia posted an 8-2 record, finished second in the Ivy League with a 5-2 record, began a season with six straight wins for the first time since 1996, put together the school's longest win streak since 1935 (seven games) and posted one of the nation's top-five best yearly comebacks in the FCS with a five-win improvement from 2016 to 2017. Along the way, it was the Lions' re