Small schools, big damage: Cops can't stop fans' wild rivalry rager
You might not guess that college football fans in upstate NY would destroy their town while celebrating SUNY Cortland's victory over mighty Ithaca.
By Chris Mahr, Lost Lettermen
Evidently Morgantown, W. Va., has nothing on Cortland, NY, when it comes to wreaking havoc after a football game.
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The central New York town, about half an hour due south of Syracuse, was the site of some Project X-style mayhem after SUNY Cortland defeated Ithaca College, 28-24, in a DIII rivalry football game called "Cortaca" last weekend. "Only" about 30 arrests were made among the 4,000 to 6,000 people who poured into Cortland's streets, but only because local police later admitted that they had to stop arresting people.
The large mob pelted the police with cans and pieces of wood while also flipping over several vehicles. One car in the area allegedly was driven through a house, while another partier apparently lost the end of his finger amid the chaos — and kept partying.
As expected, SUNY Cortland's president issued a public apology to the community around the school, calling the students' behavior inexcusable.