Cortaca Jug Timeline

October 17, 1959
The first Cortaca Jug game is played on Ithaca’s South Hill Field. The Red Dragons prevail, 13-7. 

October 29, 1960
The Bombers win their first jug, 12-6.

October 9, 1965
Coached by Dick Lyon, Ithaca defeats Cortland, 13-12, for 100th win in program history en route to its only undefeated season.

October 7, 1967
Jim Butterfield, a future College Football Hall of Fame coach, makes his Cortaca debut as Ithaca falls to Cortland, 11-7. 

September 29, 1973
Ithaca defeats Cortland, 41-33, in the first of nine straight victories for the Bombers and the longest winning streak in Cortaca history. 

November 8, 1980
Running back Bob Ferrigno ’81 runs for 133 yards in a 21-7 Bomber win, finishing the regular season with 1,307 yards and setting a single-season record that still stands.

Npvember 5, 1983
In a game televised by ABC, Ithaca takes back the jug, defeating Cortland, 49-26. Current Cortland head coach Dan MacNeill is on the Ithaca sidelines as a Bomber assistant coach.

November 8, 1986
In a 40-12 Ithaca rout, George Mack ’87 catches a school-record four touchdown passes.

November 5, 1988
Both teams sport 8-0 records and meet at Cortland’s Chugger Davis Field in front of nearly 8,000 fans. Coach Dennis Kayser ’74 and his Red Dragons win the thriller, 21- 20. (Later the Bombers and Red Dragons meet for first and only time in the NCAA playoffs, and Ithaca wins, 24-17.) 

November 3, 1990
Graduate assistant coach for the Bombers in 1983 and 1984, Dave Murray coaches his Cortaca debut for the Red Dragons. The Bombers win, 28-14.

November 9, 1991
A revitalized jug rivalry breaks Ithaca’s single-game attendance record when 10,903 fans show up to watch Ithaca defeat Cortland, 23- 14. It’s the first Ithaca game to draw more than 10,000 fans.

November 6, 1993
Butterfield leads the Bombers to a 32-14 win over Cortland for the 209th and final victory of his career in his final home game.

November 5, 1994
First-year Ithaca head coach Mike Welch ’73 wins his Cortaca debut, 15-13. Welch goes on to win nine Cortaca games during his career.

November 8, 1997
The Red Dragons win their first game at Butterfield Stadium since 1967, defeating the Bombers, 33-28.

November 11, 2000
In the final game at Cortland’s Chugger Davis Field, the Bombers top the Red Dragons, 27-20, behind a school-record 39 carries from running back Tommy Giorgio ‘01. 

November 10, 2001
A Cortaca-record 12,620 fans converge on Butterfield Stadium to see the Bombers defeat the Red Dragons, 21-14, clinching Ithaca’s first playoff berth since 1994.

November 13, 2004
In a 47-22 Ithaca rout, quarterback Josh Felicetti ’06 raises his career totals to 5,380 yards and 418 completions. Running back Jamie Donovan ’07 sets a Cortaca record with 203 rushing yards.

November 12, 2005
The first overtime game in Cortaca history ends with the Red Dragons prevailing, 37-30. Felicetti throws for a Cortaca-record 373 yards.

November 10, 2007
Donovan scores a trio of rushing touchdowns to break Ithaca’s all-time record of 44. He would finish his career with 46.

November 15, 2008
Cornerback Jason Chier ’09 intercepts a record-tying three passes as the Bombers upset previously unbeaten Cortland, 35- 13. Chier joins Kevin Farrell ’86 and Bob Gneo ’85 as the only Bombers with three interceptions in a jug game. 

November 12, 2011
Kicker Andrew Rogowski ’12 sets a school record with his 13th field goal of the season in 27-3 Cortland win.

November 11, 2017
In Ithaca head coach Dan Swanstrom’s Cortaca debut, freshman quarterback Wahid Nabi ’21 sets a school record with six touchdown passes. The Bombers snap a seven-year Cortaca losing streak with a 48-20 victory.

November 16, 2019
Ithaca and Cortland play the Cortaca Jug at MetLife Stadium.