Fordham 20, Columbia 16
NEW YORK (AP) _ Sophomore Mike Thomas scored his first career touchdown with 3:52 remaining as Fordham rallied for two touchdowns in the final 10 minutes Saturday and beat Columbia 20-16.
The game was the first Division I football matchup between New York City schools since 1952, when Fordham beat NYU 45-0. The Rams upgraded their program from Division III to Division I-AA in 1989.
In three previous games in the series, which began in 1890, Columbia had outscored Fordham 129-0.
The Rams (1-3) ended a nine-game losing streak and are 3-18 since moving to Division I-AA. Columbia (0-3) has lost six straight games, 13 of 14 and 70 of 74.
Tom Boccofola’s third field goal, a 31-yarder, put the Lions ahead 16-7 with 11:52 remaining. The Rams closed to 16-14 on a 22-yard TD pass from Gary Brennan to John Potamousis with 9:26 to go, capping a 58-yard, six-play drive.
Kevin Butler intercepted John Tribolet’s pass - which bounced off the hands of Ken Hayes - and returned it 11 yards to Columbia’s 2. Thomas scored from the 1 on third-and-goal, going around right end.
Tribolet was intercepted four times in the second half, including three times in the final five minutes.
Brennan completed 10 of 17 passes for 116 yards with three interceptions. Greg Abbruzzese led Columbia’s offense with 95 yards in 26 carries. The Lions controlled the ball for 37:31.
Fordham took a 7-0 lead in the first quarter on Brennan’s 11-yard TD pass to Tony Iasiello. Columbia went ahead 10-7 in the second quarter on Boccofola’s 22-yard field and a 2-yard TD run by Abbruzzese that capped a 59- yard drive.
Boccofola also kicked a 28-yard field goal.