Empire State Bowl

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Marketing Logo for the inaugural Empire State Bowl

The Empire State Bowl has been the name of the annual Ivy League football game between Columbia and Cornell since 2010. Although the schools have played a football game against each other for decades, no one thought to make it into a marketing opportunity until 2010. Perhaps the schools should also lobby to have the fixture scheduled for the last weekend of the season, the traditional "rivalry weekend" in the league, when Harvard plays Yale, and Penn plays Princeton - Cornell and Columbia are currently paired with Dartmouth and Brown, respectively.

After six years, the series stands at 4-2 in favor of Cornell. In the initial four encounters the home won. The series has produced some memorable games, including a shootout in 2011 that produced a basketball game scoreline with 103 total points scored, and three furious Columbia comebacks: one where Columbia scored 17 unanswered 4th quarter points, including a diving touchdown with 37 seconds on the clock, to overturn a 14 point deficit in 2010, another when Columbia scored 24 unanswered second half points to overturn a 7 point deficit in 2012, and an unsuccessful bid in 2014 where Columbia scored 27 unanswered points to overturn a 21-0 scoreline before succumbing 30-27.


Year Winning Team Losing Team Location Series
2010 Columbia 20 Cornell 17 Robert K. Kraft Field at Lawrence A. Wien Stadium COL 1–0
2011 Cornell 62 Columbia 41 Schoellkopf Field - 1–1
2012 Columbia 34 Cornell 17 Robert K. Kraft Field at Lawrence A. Wien Stadium COL 2–1
2013 Cornell 24 Columbia 9 Schoellkopf Field - 2–2
2014 Cornell 30 Columbia 27 Robert K. Kraft Field at Lawrence A. Wien Stadium COR 3–2
2015 Cornell 3 Columbia 0 Schoellkopf Field COR 4–2