November 12, 2011

Cortland Controls Ithaca, 27-3, to Retain Cortaca Jug

More news about: Cortland State

ITHACA, N.Y. – Cortland graduate student quarterback Dan Pitcher completed 23-of-36 passes for 280 yards and three touchdowns and rushed for 94 yards on 11 carries as Cortland retained the Cortaca Jug with a 27-3 victory at Ithaca College in front of an estimated crowd of 9,700 fans.

Cortland finishes the regular season with an 8-2 mark. The Red Dragons have a slim chance at an NCAA at-large berth, but most likely will host an ECAC bowl game next Saturday. The NCAA pairings will be announced Sunday at 6 p.m. and the ECAC pairings will be released on Monday morning.

Cortland's 24-point margin of victory is its largest in the series since a 41-13 win in 1996 and is the Red Dragons' biggest road victory over the Bombers since a 28-0 shutout in 1955, four years before the Cortaca Jug existed.

Sophomore tight end Tyreek Burwell, junior receiver Mike Humphrey and sophomore receiver John Babin each caught touchdown passes and freshman tailback Bronson Greene rushed for a score.

Freshman Kordel McInnis caught seven passes for 73 yards. Babin made five catches for 91 yards, senior tailback Dorian Myles had five receptions for 48 yards and Humphrey finished with three catches for 34 yards. Burwell's TD catch was his first collegiate reception.

Babin set a school single-season record with 1,110 receiving yards and tied the school record with 68 receptions. He extended his school record for TD catches in a season to 15. Steve Ellis held the school record with 1,089 receiving yards and now shares the school record with 68 receptions – marks set in 1994.

Pitcher has now thrown at least one TD pass in 12 straight games, breaking his mark of 11 set in 2009-10. Pitcher has a TD pass in 23 of 24 games he has started for the Red Dragons. Pitcher has thrown a school-record 29 touchdown passes this season and 52 for his career, and his 2,442 passing yards this fall are the most ever at Cortland during the regular season and second overall at Cortland behind Ray Miles' 2,963 yards in 13 games in 2008.

Cortland outgained Ithaca 417-226 in total offense. The Red Dragon defense sacked Ithaca quarterback Jason Hendel eight times and limited the Bombers to 67 yards net rushing. Senior defensive tackle Steve Gruber made six tackles, including three for lost yardage. Senior linebacker Cody Allen recorded five stops, a sack and an interception that halted Ithaca's opening drive of the game inside the Cortland 20-yard line. Junior linebacker Mike Wilson and freshman linebacker Jesse Scanna each finished with 1.5 sacks.

Hendel finished 16-of-24 passing for 159 yards for Ithaca. Dan Ruffrage made eight catches for 85 yards and became Ithaca's career receiving leader. Adam Lajara ran for 47 yards on just three carries. Josh Liemer and Will Carter each finished with seven tackles.

Ithaca faced a 4th-and-17 on its own 30-yard line on the first play of the second quarter with the game scoreless. The Bombers faked a punt and Tom Scanlon ran 38 yards to the Cortland 32-yard line. The drive stalled at the 20-yard line and Andrew Rogowski made a 39-yard field goal – his school record 13th of the season – to give Ithaca a 3-0 lead.

Cortland responded with a 10-play, 89-yard touchdown drive on its next possession. The big plays on the drive were a Pitcher 20-yard run to the Cortland 48-yard line, a 15-yard catch by McInnis, and a 29-yard reception by Humphrey on 2nd-and-8 from the Ithaca 35-yard line. Two plays later, Pitcher found Burwell open in the left corner of the end zone on a play-action pass to give Cortland a 7-3 lead.

The Red Dragons marched 80 yards on 10 plays to open the third quarter to score a touchdown and take a 14-3 lead. Babin caught a 47-yard pass to advance the ball to the Ithaca 8-yard line and, three plays later, Pitcher found Humphrey for a 6-yard TD pass.

Ithaca drove to the Cortland 27-yard line later in the third quarter but dropped a pass on 4th-and-2 to turn the ball over on downs. The Red Dragons answered with a 13-play, 73-yard scoring drive. On 4th-and-15 at the Ithaca 29-yard line on the final play of the third quarter, Pitcher ran for 17 yards to keep the drive alive. Two plays later, he found Babin for a 10-yard TD and a 21-3 lead.

Cortland's final score came on Greene's 2-yard TD run with 1:50 remaining. Greene has rushed for 11 touchdowns this season, the most ever by a Cortland freshman. Ithaca's final drive ended on an interception by senior cornerback Chad Stalter in the end zone as time expired.

comments powered by Disqus
Sep. 5: All times Eastern
TBA
Anna Maria at Worcester State
TBA
McDaniel at Catholic
7:00 PM
Albright at Kean
7:00 PM
Widener at Rowan
7:00 PM
WPI at Curry
7:00 PM
Mass-Dartmouth at Mount Ida
7:00 PM
Salve Regina at Bridgewater State
7:30 PM
Trine at Manchester
Sep. 6: All times Eastern
TBA
RPI at Norwich
TBA
Plymouth State at Castleton State
TBA
Carnegie Mellon at Case Western Reserve
TBA
St. Lawrence at Coast Guard
TBA
Thomas More at Wesley
TBA
Rhodes at Austin
TBA
Arizona Christian at George Fox
12:00 PM
Dickinson at Hobart
12:00 PM
Holland College (PEI, Canada) at Maine Maritime
Video
12:00 PM
Otterbein at St. John Fisher
12:00 PM
Union at Ithaca
1:00 PM
Lebanon Valley at Franklin and Marshall
1:00 PM
Emory and Henry at Ferrum
1:00 PM
Washington and Lee at Averett
1:00 PM
Franklin at Illinois Wesleyan
1:00 PM
Hampden-Sydney at Wabash
1:00 PM
Rose-Hulman at Kalamazoo
Live Stats Video
1:00 PM
Wilmington at Olivet
1:00 PM
Adrian at Defiance
1:00 PM
King's at Moravian
1:00 PM
Alfred State at Morrisville State
1:00 PM
Randolph-Macon at Johns Hopkins
1:00 PM
Susquehanna at Lycoming
1:00 PM
Oberlin at Brockport State
1:00 PM
Utica at Misericordia
1:00 PM
Delaware Valley at Montclair State
1:00 PM
Southern Virginia at Methodist
1:00 PM
Ohio Wesleyan at Bluffton
1:00 PM
Marietta at Kenyon
1:00 PM
Merchant Marine at Apprentice
1:30 PM
Alma at Heidelberg
1:30 PM
Berry at Maryville (Tenn.)
1:30 PM
Bridgewater (Va.) at Gettysburg
1:30 PM
Muskingum at Waynesburg
1:30 PM
St. Vincent at John Carroll
1:30 PM
Mount Union at Bethany
1:30 PM
Juniata at Grove City
2:00 PM
Sewanee at DePauw
2:00 PM
Carleton at Macalester
2:00 PM
Albion at UW-Stevens Point
2:00 PM
UW-Platteville at Buena Vista
2:00 PM
UW-Eau Claire at St. Thomas
2:00 PM
Ohio Northern at Washington U.
Live Stats Video
2:00 PM
UW-River Falls at St. John's
2:00 PM
Crown at Gustavus Adolphus
2:00 PM
Concordia-Moorhead at Jamestown
2:00 PM
Simpson at Iowa Wesleyan
2:00 PM
Hope at Monmouth
2:00 PM
Lawrence at Rockford
2:00 PM
Aurora at Illinois College
2:00 PM
Carroll at Lakeland
2:00 PM
Elmhurst at Loras
2:00 PM
Millikin at Greenville
2:00 PM
Coe at Wheaton (Ill.)
2:00 PM
Central at Benedictine
2:00 PM
Presentation at Luther
2:00 PM
Martin Luther at Maranatha Baptist
2:00 PM
MacMurray at Culver-Stockton
2:00 PM
Eureka at Knox
2:00 PM
UW-Stout at Dakota Wesleyan
2:00 PM
Huntingdon at Louisiana College
3:00 PM
St. Norbert at Carthage
4:00 PM
Claremont-Mudd-Scripps at Puget Sound
4:00 PM
Pomona-Pitzer at MIT
4:00 PM
Lewis and Clark at Whitworth
5:00 PM
Hartwick at Western Connecticut
6:00 PM
Salisbury at Christopher Newport
7:00 PM
Stevenson at N.C. Wesleyan
7:00 PM
Butler at Wittenberg
Live Stats Video
7:00 PM
Shenandoah at Gallaudet
Audio
7:00 PM
Wooster at Washington and Jefferson
7:00 PM
Greensboro at Guilford
7:00 PM
Geneva at Frostburg State
7:00 PM
Thiel at Allegheny
7:00 PM
Concordia (Wis.) at North Park
7:00 PM
Beloit at Chicago
Live Stats
7:00 PM
LaGrange at Birmingham-Southern
7:00 PM
Howard Payne at Trinity (Texas)
7:00 PM
Mary Hardin-Baylor at Millsaps
7:00 PM
Sul Ross State at Texas Lutheran
7:30 PM
Hanover at Centre
8:00 PM
St. Olaf at Northwestern (Minn.)
8:00 PM
Hamline at Minnesota-Morris
8:00 PM
Lake Forest at Wisconsin Lutheran
8:00 PM
Wartburg at Augsburg
8:00 PM
Hardin-Simmons at Southwestern
Dec. 20: All times Eastern
Final
at UW-Whitewater 52, Mount Union 14
@ Salem Stadium; Salem, Va.
Box Score Recap Photos Photos
Dec. 14: All times Eastern
Final
UW-Whitewater 16, at Mary Hardin-Baylor 15
Box Score Recap Recap Photos
Final
at Mount Union 41, North Central (Ill.) 40
Box Score Recap Recap Photos

What We're Reading