The 61st Cortaca Jug football game between Ithaca College and Cortland State University will be played on its biggest stage yet this fall — MetLife Stadium, the home of the National Football League’s New York Giants and New York Jets. To shine a light on this historic matchup, we will run a multi-part series in this space leading up to game day on Saturday, Nov. 16 at 1 p.m. We’ll cover all things Cortaca — interviews with Cortaca Jug legends, plans for alumni gatherings around the nation, ways the game is being incorporated in academic programs and other topics. Previous stories in the series can be found here.
When Andrew Vito ’21 stepped onto the field for his first Ithaca College football practice before the 2017 season, he proudly wore gear from his high school team, Bergen Catholic (N.J.). Vito was an integral part of a team that reached the state semifinals his junior and senior seasons.
But a teammate quickly called for a wardrobe change. Why? Bergen Catholic’s school colors were red, just like a certain rival school located in Cortland, N.Y.
“That was the last time I wore red on the field,” Vito said.