»

Ithaca brings home third consecutive Cortaca Jug with win at MetLife Stadium

The Ithaca College football team defeated SUNY Cortland 32-20 the 61st Cortaca Jug game Nov. 16 at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The game broke the attendance record for a Division III football game with 45,161 people. It is the Bombers’ third Cortaca Jug win in a row.

It was a sunny and cloudless day in East Rutherford, but the temperature was a chilly 41 degrees. MetLife stadium was packed with fans of all ages sporting Bomber blue gear or Red Dragon red. The Jumbotrons showed footage of both teams shot by students over the past several months in preparation for the biggest Division III football game in history.

Image

The Bombers maintained control in the first half, possessing the ball for 21:33 of the possible 30-minute half. They scored on their first possession of the game with an 80-yard drive. Senior quarterback Joe Germinerio rushed in for a 1-yard touchdown and freshman Nick Bahamonde completed on the extra point to give the Bombrers a 7–0 lead with just under nine minutes remaining in the first quarter.

Cortland were able to secure two first downs on their first drive, but senior quarterback Brett Segala fumbled the snap, and it was recovered by the Bombers’ senior defensive end John Hadac on the 40-yard line. However, the South Hill squad was plagued by penalties after the recovery and was pushed back as far as the 49-yard line. After Germinerio made an 11-yard rush on 3rd and 27, freshman kicker Nick Bahamonde took a 48-yard field goal attempt on fourth down, but he came up short for the first time all season when the kick missed wide right.

GAME HIGHLIGHTS:

Also on FingerLakes1.com