GAME NOTES: Football Closes Season on Saturday vs. Utica in ECAC Scotty Whitelaw Bowl
ITHACA, N.Y. – The Ithaca College football team will look to put the finishing touches on a successful 2018 season as the Bombers host former Empire 8 Conference rival Utica College in the ECAC Scotty Whitelaw Bowl on Saturday at Cornell's Schoellkopf Field. Kickoff is slated for 1 p.m. Ithaca is 8-2 on the season, while Utica brings a 6-4 mark into Saturday's contest. GAME COVERAGE VIDEO | LIVE STATS | RADIO STATISTICS ITHACA | UTICA GAME INFORMATION Admission to the game will be free to all spectators, but there will be a $10 charge for parking in the Crescent Parking Lot (next to the stadium entrance) and the parking garage (press box side of the field) on Cornell's campus. Also to note, tailgating is not permitted in the parking garage. All fans should enter on the Crescent side of the stadium. ECAC BOWL SCHEDULE 12 p.m. – Wesley vs. Westminster – Clayton Chapman Bowl 12 p.m. – Alfred vs. Salisbury – Asa S. Bushnell Bowl 1 p.m. – Morrisville vs. Grove City – James Lynah Bowl 1 p.m. – Utica vs. Ithaca – Scotty Whitelaw Bowl ALL-TIME SERIES: Ithaca holds the all-time series over Utica, 15-2. Playing every year since 2001, the most recent victory for the Bombers came in 2017 with a 14-0 shutout road win over the Pioneers in the annual Believe Bowl. Ithaca won the first 10 meetings of the rivalry, including four by shutout. Utica has secured victories over the Bombers in 2011 (20-15) and 2015 (30-27 OT). The largest margin of victory for IC over the past 17 meetings was a 66-0 outcome in the first-ever game between the two schools. 2018 CORTACA JUG: Ithaca repeated as Cortaca Jug winners with a 24-21 victory over Cortland in the 60th Jug Game. The Bombers never trailed in the game, with their biggest lead being 21-0 late in the second quarter. The Bombers sealed the victory when their defense forced an interception during the final seconds of the game. Ithaca secured the top ranking in the ECAC with its victory over Cortland. Kendall Anderson rushed for 115 yards on 26 carries and a touchdown, while Andrew Vito had five catches for 100 yards. Defensively, Ralf Silva led the way with eight tackles and Pat Minogue blocked two punts. Minogue also set a school record with a 67-yard punt in the contest. IC now leads the Cortaca Jug Game series, 36-24. ECAC SCOTTY WHITELAW BOWL: Ithaca returns to the ECAC Scotty Whitelaw Bowl looking to repeat as champions following last year's 27-17 victory over Salisbury. It is the second bowl appearance in as many years for the Bombers under head coach Dan Swanstrom. TWO SEASONS UNDER SWANSTROM: With one game to play in the season, head coach Dan Swanstrom owns an overall record of 16-5 at Ithaca College. The 16 victories are the most through two seasons, while his .762 winning percentage is second in program history. Mike Welch (1994-2016) went 15-7 over his first two years, while Jim Butterfield (1967-93) was 7-9. Dick Lyon (1958-66) posted an 11-3 (.786) mark. BOMBER BARRAGE ON ALL-LIBERTY LEAGUE TEAMS: All 11 defensive starters for the Bombers received All-Liberty League awards for their performance this year, including senior Pat Minogue, who earned Liberty League Defensive Player of the Year. Seniors Aaron Francis, Brien Pacholec and Jovonte Long earned First-Team defensive honors as well as junior Nick Garone. The Bombers were represented on all three facets of the Liberty League all defensive teams, with John Hadac and Ralf Silva earning Second-Team honors. Ryan Bronson, Brian Gill, Noah Hill and Tyler Kishbaugh round up the Bomber barrage with honorable mention accolades. On the offensive side, junior Will Gladney earned Liberty League Offensive Player of the Year with seniors Jake Bernstein, Bobby Puckey, and junior Kendall Anderson receiving First-Team honors. Sophomores Wahid Nabi and Andrew Vito also received awards for the second consecutive year as Second-Team honorees. MINOGUE DOES IT AGAIN: For the second time this season, Pat Minogue found a spot on the d3football.com Team of the Week. On Sept. 17, he was named to the team as a punter, and this time, he earned the honor for his performance on both sides of the ball on special teams. On punt return, he blocked two punts, and as a punter, he boomed a school record punt of 67 yards. 2019 CORTACA: For the second consecutive season, the Ithaca College football team defeated SUNY Cortland in the annual Cortaca Jug Game, as the Bombers took down the host Red Dragons, 24-21, in the 60th edition of the rivalry at the SUNY Cortland Sports Complex. NCAA STATISTICAL RANKINGS: Ithaca ranks in the top 13 in six different defensive categories. IC is 10th in scoring defense (9.7 points per game), 11th in total defense (232.9 yards per game), 13th in rush defense (66.6 yards per game), 14th in first down defense (134), 13th in third down defense (26.5%) and eighth red zone defense (50%). SCOUTING UTICA: Utica (6-4) is led by freshman quarterback and Utica native Logan Wilcox. Wilcox has passed for 2,258 yards along with 21 touchdowns and 12 interceptions. On the ground, the Pioneers are led by Malcolm Stowe, who has rumbled for 1,041 yards and six touchdowns. Utica is riding high heading into the Scotty Whitelaw Bowl after the Pioneers defeated Hartwick, 75-14, to end their regular season. The Pioneers have scored 111 points in their last two games. Utica is averaging 31.6 points per game this season and 393.9 yards per outing. UC passes for 255.2 yards a contest and runs for 138.7.