Skid Snapped: Ithaca College dominates rival SUNY Cortland in 59th annual Cortaca Jug
The 59th Battle for the Cortaca Jug took place Saturday afternoon from Butterfield Stadium in Ithaca, as the Bombers and Red Dragons met in the only NCAA Division-III football game that's bet on in Las Vegas.
Not to mention, SUNY Cortland had won the previous seven meetings in the matchup, a statistic so dominant that it's the second longest win streak for either team in the history of the series.
Ithaca had the home crowd behind it, and went to work from the very first possession.
Bombers freshman quarterback Wahid Nabi threw consecutive touchdown passes to sophomore receiver Will Gladney, both on lob passes into the corner of the end zone.
Gladney, a 6'3" receiver out of the state's southern tier, recorded five receptions for 91 yards and a pair of touchdowns.
Ithaca receiver Andrew Vito tallied a game high 10 receptions for 116 yards and a touchdown as well.
However, the difference in the game was Nabi, a true freshman out of Shaker high school in the Capital Region. Nabi went 27-of-37 for 329 yards and six touchdowns.
The Bombers led 34-6 at the halftime break, but Cortland responded with a pair of touchdowns to cut it to a 34-20 deficit.
But from there, Ithaca piled it on with two more touchdowns to put it away, 48-20.
"This is amazing," Gladney said following the game. "We did it for the seniors. We did it for the program. It's been a long time, so we're glad we got it back."
The Cortaca Jug had called SUNY Cortland home for the last seven seasons, but after Saturday, it has a new home at Ithaca College.
With the win, Ithaca concludes the regular season with a 7-3 overall record.