Cortaca Jug

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Cortaca Jug
Teams Cortland State Red Dragons
Ithaca Bombers
Originated 1959
Trophy Series Ithaca leads, 34–24
Current Holder Cortland
Cortaca Jug is located in New York
SUNY Cortland
SUNY Cortland
Ithaca College
Ithaca College
Locations in New York

The Cortaca Jug is the trophy given to the annual college football game played between the Red Dragons of the State University of New York at Cortland and the Bombers of Ithaca College. The match-up is one of the most prominent in Division III football.

History of the game[edit]

The name is a portmanteau of the names of the two schools. The "cort" part coming from SUNY Cortland and the "aca" part coming from Ithaca College. The schools are 21 miles apart in the eastern end of the Finger Lakes region of New York.

The night before the Jug, it is customary for the staff of Cortland's radio station WSUC to play the staff of Ithaca's radio station 92 WICB in a game called "The Cortaca Mic" which takes place at Cortland.

Since 2006, Ithaca College students and alumni residing in Los Angeles have gathered to watch the game in an event dubbed CortaCal. The event originally began in an apartment in Sherman Oaks, CA. It was held from 2008 to 2010 at The Casting Office in Studio City, CA and since 2011 has been held at its current home, 33 Taps (formerly Dillon's Irish Pub) in Hollywood, CA. Between 300 and 400 Ithaca College alumni attend every year.

Ithaca College Alumni in New York City have begun watching the game at their own annual event, NYCortaca. The event was started in 2009 by Ithaca alumni living in NYC, and was first held at George Keeley Pub on the Upper West Side. In 2010 it was held at Berry Park in Williamsburg, and in 2011 it took place at Irving Plaza in Union Square. NYCortaca 2012 was held at Brooklyn Bowl in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, and in 2013 NYCortaca returned to Irving Plaza. NYCortaca 2013 was attended by over 800 Cortaca fans and was the biggest off-campus alumni gathering in Ithaca College history. NYCortaca has been compared to New Year's Eve and Halloween in vibrancy.

More localized Cortland and Ithaca graduates come together to attend the game, or showings of it at der Lynne Parks Alumni House, in Cortland, NY. Examples include an annual gathering from Slabtown, NY.

History of the trophy[edit]

The original Cortaca Jug trophy (left) along with the new trophy (right).

The Cortaca Jug was introduced to the already competitive rivalry in 1959 by the captains of the two teams. While driving in nearby Homer in 1959, Cortland football captain Tom Decker stopped at a yard sale and purchased a $2 jug from a local farmer, named Freddy Testa, that he thought could be used as a trophy during the annual game between the two teams. After meeting up with friend and Ithaca football captain Dick Carmean, the two painted the jug blue, gold, red, and white in honor of both schools’ colors. The first Jug ran out of room for scores in the mid-1980s, necessitating a second Jug that sports the most recent results. After 2015, Jug II will be full, no word on if/how a third jug will be procured.

2013 Riot[edit]

The Cortaca Jug is usually associated with an assortment of pre- and post-game parties and drinking. Following their 2013 win, SUNY Cortland revelers rioted on the streets of Cortland, throwing beer and other items, flipping cars, and committing other destructive acts that resulted in the arrests of around 30 people.[1][2] SUNY Cortland President Erik J. Bitterbaum issued a formal apology for the students' behavior.[3]

The game[edit]

2002 Cortaca Jug, the first at the new Cortland Athletic Complex – image courtesy of Jamie Malarkey

Results [4][edit]

(Ithaca leads overall series 39–31–3 and Cortaca Jug series 34–23)

Pre Cortaca Jugs Games

Year Winner Score Site
1930 Cortland 12–0 Cortland
1931 Ithaca 12–6 Ithaca
1932 Tie 0–0 Ithaca
1933 Tie 6–6 Cortland
1934 Ithaca 7–0 Ithaca
1948 Cortland 19–0 Cortland
1949 Cortland 32–7 Ithaca
1950 Ithaca 7–6 Cortland
1951 Ithaca 13–6 Ithaca
1952 Cortland 39–6 Cortland
1953 Cortland 32–0 Ithaca
1954 Tie 13–13 Cortland
1955 Cortland 28–0 Ithaca
1956 Cortland 37–0 Cortland
1957 Cortland 32–13 Ithaca
1958 Cortland 16–6 Cortland

Cortaca Jug Games

Year Winner Score Site
1959 Cortland 13–7 Ithaca
1960 Ithaca 12–6 Cortland
1961 Ithaca 34–0 Ithaca
1962 Ithaca 24–12 Cortland
1963 Ithaca 22–7 Ithaca
1964 Cortland 16–0 Cortland
1965 Ithaca 13–12 Ithaca
1966 Cortland 24–11 Cortland
1967 Cortland 11–7 Ithaca
1968 Cortland 34–13 Cortland
1969 Ithaca 36–28 Ithaca
1970 Cortland 7–0 Cortland
1971 Ithaca 21–13 Ithaca
1972 Cortland 21–16 Cortland
1973 Ithaca 41–33 Ithaca
1974 Ithaca 34–33 Cortland
1975 Ithaca 21–6 Ithaca
1976 Ithaca 28–12 Cortland
1977 Ithaca 38–17 Ithaca
1978 Ithaca 27–13 Cortland
1979 Ithaca 42–7 Ithaca
1980 Ithaca 24–7 Cortland
1981 Ithaca 42–0 Ithaca
1982 Cortland 21–17 Cortland
1983 Ithaca 49–26 Ithaca
1984 Ithaca 42–6 Cortland
1985 Ithaca 41–0 Ithaca
1986 Ithaca 40–12 Cortland
1987 Ithaca 37–15 Ithaca
1988 Cortland 21–20 Cortland
#1988 Ithaca 24–17 Ithaca
1989 Ithaca 28–0 Ithaca
1990 Ithaca 28–14 Cortland
1991 Ithaca 23–14 Ithaca
1992 Cortland 22–20 Cortland
1993 Ithaca 32–14 Ithaca
1994 Ithaca 15–13 Cortland
1995 Ithaca 35–19 Ithaca
1996 Cortland 41–13 Cortland
1997 Cortland 33–28 Ithaca
1998 Ithaca 37–29 Cortland
1999 Cortland 26–21 Ithaca
2000 Ithaca 19–14 Cortland
2001 Ithaca 21–14 Ithaca
2002 Cortland 16–12 Cortland
2003 Cortland 16–15 Ithaca
2004 Ithaca 47–22 Cortland
2005 Cortland 37–30 (OT) Ithaca
2006 Cortland 23–20 (OT) Cortland
2007 Ithaca 40–17 Ithaca
2008 Ithaca 35–13 Cortland
2009 Ithaca 23–20 Ithaca
2010 Cortland 20–17 Cortland
2011 Cortland 27–3 Ithaca
2012 Cortland 16–10 Cortland
2013 Cortland 28–24 Ithaca
2014 Cortland 23–20 Cortland
2015 Cortland 11–8 Ithaca
2016 Cortland 28–16 Cortland

#Quarterfinal playoff game. Does not count in Cortaca Jug game count.


  1. ^ Wenerd, Brandon. "The Most Ratchet College Riot Ever Broke Out at SUNY Cortland This Weekend During Cortaca". BroBible. Retrieved 18 November 2013. 
  2. ^ Carpenter, Megan. "Cortland commotion aftermath, students pick up the pieces". WBNG. Retrieved 18 November 2013. 
  3. ^ "NY college apologizes for students' rowdy behavior". Wall Street Journal. 18 November 2013. Retrieved 18 November 2013. 
  4. ^ "Cortland vs. Ithaca - 50th Annual Cortaca Jug Game - Nov. 15, 12 p.m." (Press release). Cortland State University of New York. 2008-11-12. Retrieved 2008-11-15. 

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