November 16, 2013

Cortland Wins Fourth Straight Cortaca Jug, 28-24, on Late Babin TD Catch

More news about: Cortland State

ITHACA, N.Y. – Junior John Babin (Warwick/Warwick Valley) caught two touchdown passes, including a go-ahead 41-yard reception with one minute, eight seconds remaining, as Cortland rallied to defeat nationally 20th-ranked Ithaca, 28-24, in the 55th Annual Cortaca Jug game.

The Red Dragons won the Jug for the fourth straight year. The last time Cortland defeated Ithaca four consecutive times was during a five-year streak from 1955-59, with the last of those five wins for the inaugural Cortaca Jug.

Cortland finishes the regular season with a 6-4 record and will await a possible ECAC bowl game berth. Ithaca (8-2) is the Empire 8 champion and will play in an NCAA tournament first-round game next week.

Babin finished with eight catches for 174 yards. He is now Cortland's career leader with 2,382 receiving yards, and his 72 catches this season match his own school single-season record set in 2011. Babin caught a 63-yard TD pass early in the third quarter to put Cortland ahead 21-14. Ithaca scored the next 10 points, however, and Cortland eventually started its final drive on its own 25-yard line with 2:28 remaining. Junior quarterback Tyler Hughes (Sranton, PA/West Scranton) ran for eight yards, threw a 7-yard pass to Babin, then rushed for another eight yards. Sophomore Dylan Peebles (Port Leyden/South Lewis) followed with an 11-yard rush to the Ithaca 41-yard line. On the next play, Hughes lofted a pass deep down the left sideline. Babin out-leapt a defender, caught the ball and ran in for the score to put Cortland ahead.

Ithaca drove into Cortland territory on its final drive. With less than 40 seconds left, Tom Dempsey completed a pass to Vito Boffoli. He ran to the 41-yard line, but was hit by Tom Hagan (Hopewell Junction/John Jay-East Fishkill) and fumbled. Cortland recovered at its 38-yard line and took a knee three times to run out the clock.

Cortland led 7-0 in the first quarter on a Peebles 6-yard TD run that capped a 9-play, 81-yard scoring drive. Early in the second quarter, Ithaca had to punt from its own 6-yard line, but Cortland fumbled the punt and the Bombers recovered at the Cortland 37-yard line. On the next play, Boffoli took a handoff from Dempsey on a slot end around, then passed to Joel Lynch for a 37-yard TD pass to knot the game at 7-7.

Midway through the second, Cortland mounted a 62-yard scoring drive that was capped by a 12-yard pass from Hughes to freshman Joel Nunez (Bay Shore) to put the Red Dragons up 14-7. Ithaca started its ensuing drive on its own 25-yard line and marched down the field on a 16-play, 75-yard TD drive to tie the game. Dempsey capped the drive with a 3-yard TD pass to Boffoli on 3rd-and-goal with 16 seconds left in the half.

Cortland lost the ball on a fumble on its next play from scrimmage, giving Ithaca a shot at a Hail Mary with two seconds remaining, and the Bombers' Lynch almost made a leaping catch in the end zone but lost the ball as he hit the ground.

Cortland scored on the 63-yard connection from Hughes to Babin 1:13 into the third quarter to take the lead. Ithaca drove to the Cortland 8-yard line on its next possession, but the drive eventually ended with an Andrew Tolosi (Monroe/Monroe-Woodbury) interception in the end zone. The Bombers, however, forced a quick 3-and-out and started their next drive on their own 44-yard line. Evan Skea broke a 45-yard run on the first play of the drive, and three plays later Dempsey found Lynch on a 6-yard TD pass to tie the game at 21-21.

Early in the fourth quarter, Ithaca punted from its own 37-yard line but recovered the ball at the Cortland 20-yard line after the punt was fumbled. The Red Dragons limited the Bombers to five yards over the next three plays and Garrett Nicholson made a 32-yard field goal with 9:24 left to give Ithaca its first lead of the day at 24-21.

The Bombers seemed poised to add to their lead when Sam Carney returned a punt 44 yards to the Cortland 23-yard line with 7:43 left. However, Matt Ambrose (Wyckoff, NJ/Ramapo) forced a fumble on the next play that Hagan recovered. The teams traded punts before Cortland mounted its winning drive.

Hughes finished 16-of-24 passing for 251 yards and three touchdowns with no interceptions and rushed 10 times for 59 yards. Peebles also had 10 carries for 59 yards and scored once. Ambrose led the Red Dragons with a career-high 15 tackles and added a forced fumble and pass breakup. Troy Beddoe (Endicott/Union-Endicott) and Hagan each made nine tackles. Beddoe and Gabe Ostrow (Nanuet) each registered 1.5 of Cortland's four sacks.

Cortland outgained Ithaca in total offense, 379-350, despite the Bombers holding a significant advantage in time of possession, 37:51 to 22:09. Dempsey completed 23-of-34 passes for 216 yards and Skea ran 25 times for 110 yards. Jared Prugar made seven catches for 79 yards, while Boffoli and Chris Bauer each finished with five catches.

On defense, Ithaca was led by Marc Recio's seven tackles and Mike Sheldon's six tackles, including two sacks, and two forced fumbles.

NOTEBOOK:

John Babin has now caught at least one TD pass in eight straight games and 17 of his last 18 contests; the only game in the last 18 in which he did not catch a TD pass was at home versus William Paterson on Sept. 21...Babin extended his school career record for TD catches to 30 in 26 games played...Babin's 1,174 receiving yards this season are nine short of his school-record 1,183 yards in 2011, and his 145 career catches rank third in school history...Ithaca has won 34 of the 55 Cortaca Jug games, but Cortland is now 16-11 in Jug games decided by eight points or less. Thirteen of the last 17 Cortaca Jug games have been decided by eight points or less, with Cortland victorious in nine of those contests.

comments powered by Disqus
Sep. 18: All times Eastern
Final
Christopher Newport 31, at N.C. Wesleyan 28
Box Score
Sep. 19: All times Eastern
Final
Framingham State 29, at Fitchburg State 26
Box Score Recap
Sep. 20: All times Eastern
Final
RPI 41, at Castleton State 13
Box Score Recap
Final - 2OT
at Massachusetts Maritime 26, Maine Maritime 20
Box Score Recap
Final
at Rochester 30, Gallaudet 2
Box Score Recap Recap
Final - OT
at Husson 34, Alfred State 28
Box Score Photos
Final
at Randolph-Macon 34, Sewanee 20
Box Score
Final
at Johns Hopkins 33, Moravian 14
Box Score Recap
Final
at Utica 20, Frostburg State 12
Box Score Recap Recap
Final
Alfred 29, at Buffalo State 21
Box Score Recap Recap
Final
at Catholic 31, Newport News Apprentice 24
Box Score
Final
at Nichols 10, Becker 3
Box Score
Final
Wesleyan 22, at Middlebury 14
Box Score
Final
Bridgewater State 51, at Worcester State 27
Box Score Recap Recap
Final
at Tufts 24, Hamilton 17
Box Score Recap Recap Photos
Final
at Amherst 14, Bates 6
Box Score Photos
Final
at Trinity (Conn.) 32, Colby 7
Box Score Recap
Final
at William Paterson 36, Salve Regina 32
Box Score Recap
Final
at Stevenson 20, Lebanon Valley 14
Box Score
Final
Allegheny 24, at Hiram 21
Box Score Recap
Final
at Merchant Marine 34, SUNY-Maritime 17
Box Score Recap
Final
at St. Vincent 23, Case Western Reserve 20
Box Score
Final
Thomas More 66, at Thiel 27
Box Score Recap
Final
Ursinus 31, at Franklin and Marshall 24
Box Score Recap
Final
Endicott 41, at Kean 28
Box Score Recap
Final
at Hampden-Sydney 56, Coast Guard 0
Box Score
Final
Maryville (Tenn.) 40, at Averett 17
Box Score
Final
at Widener 41, Albright 23
Final
Hobart 43, at Curry 13
Box Score Recap
Final
at Greensboro 37, LaGrange 35
Box Score
Final
at Dickinson 29, Susquehanna 28
Box Score Photos
Final
at Wesley 37, Rowan 7
Box Score Recap
Final
at St. Lawrence 31, Morrisville State 14
Box Score
Final
at Misericordia 35, FDU-Florham 0
Final
at Gettysburg 31, Juniata 17
Box Score Recap
Final
at Montclair State 27, Lincoln (Pa.) 14
Box Score Recap
Final
Wabash 31, at Denison 12
Box Score Photos
Final - OT
Bethany 21, at Westminster (Pa.) 14
Final
at Springfield 47, Mount Ida 16
Box Score Recap
Final
at Ithaca 42, Hartwick 7
Box Score Recap
Final
at Norwich 10, WPI 7
Box Score Recap
Final
Iowa Wesleyan 13, at Minnesota-Morris 7
Box Score
Final
at Methodist 41, Huntingdon 34
Box Score
Final
Ohio Northern 37, at Baldwin Wallace 35
Box Score
Final
at Capital 34, Wilmington 21
Box Score Recap Photos
Final
Franklin 62, at Anderson 14
Box Score
Final
at Washington and Jefferson 48, Carnegie Mellon 30
Box Score Recap
Final
at John Carroll 43, Heidelberg 16
Box Score Recap Recap
Final
at Lycoming 28, King's 13
Box Score Recap
Final - 2OT
at Waynesburg 44, Geneva 38
Final
Mount Union 62, at Muskingum 6
Box Score
Final
Mount St. Joseph 24, at Defiance 21
Box Score
Final
at Manchester 55, Earlham 7
Box Score Recap
Final
at Williams 36, Bowdoin 0
Box Score Photos Photos
Final
Muhlenberg 59, at McDaniel 10
Box Score
Final
UW-Whitewater 48, at TCNJ 0
Final
at Otterbein 20, Marietta 0
Box Score
Final
Hope 25, at Lakeland 22
Box Score
Final
Olivet 49, at Aurora 20
Box Score Recap
Final
Albion 57, at Concordia (Wis.) 20
Box Score
Final
at Washington U. 24, North Park 19
Box Score Recap
Final
at Wisconsin Lutheran 32, Kalamazoo 20
Box Score
Final
at Wheaton (Ill.) 17, UW-Eau Claire 0
Box Score Recap Recap
Final
Concordia-Moorhead 23, at St. John's 14
Box Score Photos
Final
at Bethel 40, St. Olaf 0
Box Score
Final
Augsburg 42, at Carleton 14
Box Score
Final
at Gustavus Adolphus 48, Hamline 19
Box Score
Final
Stetson 37, at Birmingham-Southern 19
Box Score
Final
Trinity (Texas) 14, at Sul Ross State 6
Box Score
Final
at Austin 21, Occidental 12
Box Score Recap Recap
Final
at Howard Payne 38, Southwestern Assemblies 25
Final
at Central 65, Maranatha Baptist 12
Box Score Recap
Final
at Luther 49, Grinnell 21
Box Score
Final
UW-Stevens Point 37, at Coe 21
Box Score
Final
at Greenville 30, Eureka 27
Box Score
Final
Westminster (Mo.) 27, at MacMurray 21
Box Score
Final
Texas Lutheran 38, at Louisiana College 32
Box Score Recap
Final
at Simpson 13, Illinois Wesleyan 3
Box Score
Final
Trine 27, at Rockford 7
Box Score Recap
Final - 2OT
Rose-Hulman 48, at Hanover 42
Box Score Recap Photos
Final
at Western Connecticut 45, Plymouth State 7
Box Score
Final
Hardin-Simmons 37, at Wayland Baptist 23
Box Score
Final
at Whittier 23, Lewis and Clark 10
Box Score
Final
Willamette 42, at Cal Lutheran 24
Box Score Recap Photos
Final
Alma 24, at Concordia-Chicago 21
Box Score
Final
Carroll 28, at Lake Forest 7
Box Score
Final
Whitworth 50, at La Verne 48
Box Score Recap Recap
Final
Westfield State 14, at Mass-Dartmouth 13
Box Score Recap
Final
at St. Scholastica 48, Crown 14
Box Score Recap
Final
at Wittenberg 34, DePauw 17
Box Score Recap Photos
Final
St. John Fisher 36, at Brockport State 20
Box Score Recap
Final
Guilford 35, at Southern Virginia 27
@ Salem Stadium
Box Score Recap
Final
Wooster 63, at Oberlin 10
Box Score Recap
Final
at Shenandoah 45, Ferrum 20
Box Score Photos
Final
Centre 28, at Washington and Lee 23
Box Score
Final
at Ohio Wesleyan 35, Kenyon 25
Box Score
Final
at Delaware Valley 54, Wilkes 35
Box Score Recap
Final
UW-River Falls 43, at South Dakota Mines 28
Box Score
Final
at Augustana 34, Loras 17
Final
at Dubuque 16, Pacific 10
Box Score Recap
Final
at North Central (Ill.) 28, UW-Platteville 7
Box Score Recap
Final
Chicago 29, at Elmhurst 17
Box Score Recap
Final
Mary Hardin-Baylor 41, at UW-La Crosse 22
Box Score Recap Photos
Final
at South Dakota State 41, UW-Oshkosh 3
Box Score
Final
Adrian 23, at Benedictine 6
Box Score Recap Recap
Final
at Wartburg 45, UW-Stout 14
Box Score Recap
Final
at Northwestern (Minn.) 41, Martin Luther 27
Box Score Recap Recap
Final
at East Texas Baptist 58, Southwestern 34
Box Score Recap
Final
Rhodes 42, at Pomona-Pitzer 21
Box Score Recap
Final
Linfield 36, at Redlands 3
Box Score Recap Photos
Sep. 20: All times Eastern
Final
St. John Fisher 36, at Brockport State 20
Box Score Recap
Final
at Wittenberg 34, DePauw 17
Box Score Recap Photos
Final
at Wartburg 45, UW-Stout 14
Box Score Recap
Final
at South Dakota State 41, UW-Oshkosh 3
Box Score
Final
at North Central (Ill.) 28, UW-Platteville 7
Box Score Recap
Final
Mary Hardin-Baylor 41, at UW-La Crosse 22
Box Score Recap Photos
Final
Linfield 36, at Redlands 3
Box Score Recap Photos
Final
UW-Whitewater 48, at TCNJ 0
Final
Mount Union 62, at Muskingum 6
Box Score
Final
at John Carroll 43, Heidelberg 16
Box Score Recap Recap
Final
at Lycoming 28, King's 13
Box Score Recap
Final
at Wesley 37, Rowan 7
Box Score Recap
Final
at Hampden-Sydney 56, Coast Guard 0
Box Score
Final
Wabash 31, at Denison 12
Box Score Photos
Final
Thomas More 66, at Thiel 27
Box Score Recap
Final
at Ithaca 42, Hartwick 7
Box Score Recap
Final
Hobart 43, at Curry 13
Box Score Recap
Final
at Johns Hopkins 33, Moravian 14
Box Score Recap
Final
at Bethel 40, St. Olaf 0
Box Score
Final
at Wheaton (Ill.) 17, UW-Eau Claire 0
Box Score Recap Recap
Final
at Simpson 13, Illinois Wesleyan 3
Box Score

What We're Reading