Columbia plays its first game of intercollegiate football and becomes only the third school in the country to play the sport. The Lions lose at Rutgers 6–3 in the first interstate game ever played; the three previous games had been between Princeton and Rutgers.
2. OCTOBER 15, 1915
Columbia beats St. Lawrence 57–0 in its first game following a nine-year hiatus. Football competition had been discontinued after the 1905 season, when some deemed it too violent and inappropriate for college students. The Lions would celebrate the sport’s return by winning all five of their games, which were played on South Field, the team’s home until Baker Field opened for competition in 1923.
Columbia Athletics / Manny Warman
9. OCTOBER 8, 1988
The Lions end a record 44-game losing streak by rallying to beat Princeton 16–13, the first win at the new Lawrence A. Wien Stadium at Baker Field. Columbia fell behind 10–0, cut the margin to 10–9 at halftime and then, after a Princeton field goal, scores the winning touchdown on a 2-yard run by Solomon Johnson ’91 in the final five minutes.
COLUMBIA ATHLETICS / MIKE McLAUGHLIN
Columbia beats Penn 34–31 in overtime as Anders Hill ’18 hits Josh Wainwright ’21 with the winning 24-yard touchdown pass, prompting many in the Homecoming crowd of 13,081 to storm onto the field in celebration. The Lions rally from a 21-point fourth-quarter deficit to snap a 15-Homecoming game losing streak. After starting the season 6–0 under Ivy League Coach of the Year Al Bagnoli, the Lions finish the campaign 8–2 overall and 5–2 in Ivy play.
Alex Sachare ’71 is a former Spectator sports editor and CCT editor-in-chief; his favorite Lions football moment came on October 2, 1971, when Columbia snapped a 20-game losing streak to Princeton by beating the Tigers 22–20.