College Students From SUNY Cortland Partied So Hard This Weekend They Destroyed A Neighborhood

There are parties, and then there’s whatever the hell this was. A rivalry between two New York colleges resulted in what could charitably be described as unbridled anarchy.

1. An estimated 4,000 to 6,000 people poured into the streets after SUNY Cortland’s football team won its rivalry game against Ithaca.

3. The president of SUNY Cortland issued a public apology to the community around the school, calling the students’ behavior inexcusable.

5. The rivalry match, The Cortaca Jug Game, is part of a long-running rivalry between SUNY Cortland and Ithaca.


— bauweezy (@Matthew Bauer)

7. Over the weekend about 30 people were arrested, according to local law enforcement.

#Cortaca2013 most wild party ever

— nuttman626 (@Tyler Nutt)

@SUNYPartyStory I love this show #Cortaca

— itsnikkibabiii (@ηicole ∞)

9. Cortland police admitted, however, that at a certain point they had to stop arresting people.

Cortland's' finest trying to control Clayton #mobwins #Cortaca2013

— Doig56 (@Justin Doig)

Cortaca crazy! #clayton #Cortaca2013

— emkelly486 (@Elizabeth Kelly)

11. Instead, law enforcement began focusing on managing the massive and unruly crowds.


— krishhten (@Kristen Condosta)

Fueled up and ready to go #iwentfirst #cortland #cortaca #cortaca2013 #chargeee @SUNYPartyStory @GetWeirdCstate

— Mirror_Image91 (@Cory Espejo)

13. The police were attacked at certain points during the celebration, being pelted with cans and pieces of wood.

Outrageous always. Out rage us never. #Cortaca2013

— kelll_17 (@Kelly Knight)

@SUNYPartyStory #cortland #cortaca look both ways before you cross the street

— conormc21 (@Conor)

15. There are photos of multiple vehicles that were damaged over the weekend.

I guess they didn't like your Oneonta bumper sticker #cortaca #Oneonta @Kristinasuzanne @SUNYPartyStory

— _clarebearr (@Clare Adams)

It has begun #Cortaca

— DonxFigueroa (@A K U M A)

17. Like this one driven through a house.

Car driven through a house..... #Cortaca2013

— casscarlen (@Cassidy Carlen)

This girl needed protection from flying beer bottles so she wore a pasta strainer on her head #Cortaca

— MelissaRowe18 (@Melissa Rowe)

19. At a certain point local authorities had to bring in state police to quell some of the more out-of-control celebrating.


— claudiafulll (@Claudia Celeste)


— Bmatott16 (@Brandon Matott)

21. Several minor injuries were reported as well.

My roommate lost the end of his finger on cortaca An kept partying hard

— jzehr11 (@Joshua Zehr)

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Ryan Broderick is a reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.
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