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Cornell drops key game to Columbia

The Columbia defense kept Cornell in check most of the afternoon and did just enough on the other side of the ball to hold off Cornell 18-8 on Saturday afternoon at Schoellkopf Field. The Lions (7-2, 4-2 Ivy) remained a game behind first place Yale with one to play, while the Big Red slipped to 3-6 overall (3-3 Ivy).

The Lions held the Big Red to 179 yards of offense before ending the game with a 78-yard scoring drive for the team’s first points of the night. Senior Josh Sweet, one of 25 seniors honored prior to their final game in the shadows of the historic Crescent, went the final 7 yards for his second touchdown of the season. Fellow senior Hayes Nolte caught a shovel pass for the two-point conversion with 1:09 remaining, but the Lions recovered the on-sides kick and ran out the clock to keep their dream of an Ivy title alive. It also allowed Columbia to celebrate with the Empire State Bowl for the first time since 2012.

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