November 9, 2001

Stopping the Running Man

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His name is Jonathan Reese. He’s listed as a tailback for Columbia. But that’s hardly the position from where he exacted most of his damage last year against Cornell. On Nov. 11, Reese nearly single-handedly spoiled the Red’s dream run at a shot at the Ivy League title.

It was a week before the much-anticipated Penn-Cornell showdown when Reese shredded the Red defense for 73 yards on the ground and another 127 through the air. If that wasn’t enough, he scored three touchodwns, including one that came on a 92-yard romp down the right sideline on a kickoff return.

He is the man that the Cornell defense must stop tomorrow afternoon when the Red hosts Columbia on Schoellkopf Field.

“We want to control the best we can a very talented running back and a very good running attack,” head coach Tim Pendergast.

In seven games, so far Reese has racked up 634 rushing yards, including a 139 yard performance against Dartmouth. He has also caught 20 passes for 129 yards.

Facing talented rushers aren’t anything new for Cornell, though. Outside Penn’s Kris Ryun —