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Cornell clobbers Columbia in Empire State Bowl, 35-9

Senior Harold Coles ran 58 yards for a touchdown on the Big Red’s second play from scrimmage, jumped out to a 21-0 lead and sent its seniors out with a 35-9 victory over Columbia on Saturday afternoon at Schoellkopf Field. The win gave Cornell possession of the Empire State Bowl and, coupled with Princeton’s victory over Penn, solidified the Big Red’s first upper-division finish in the Ivy League standings since 2006.

The Cornell football team celebrates with the Empire State Bowl after a 35-9 win over Columbia on Saturday, Nov. 23, 2019 at Schoellkopf Field in Ithaca, N.Y.

Seniors contributed all over the lineup in capping off its second straight victory to close the season, with Coles leading the way with 122 rushing yards and a pair of scores, becoming the eighth player in school history to surpass 2,000 career rushing yards. He led an offense that churned out 219 yards and five touchdowns on the ground, with junior SK Howard chipping in 72 yards on just seven carries.

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