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People in custody following "Cortaca" weekend

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CNY/NNY/S. Tier: People in custody following "Cortaca" weekend
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CORTLAND, N.Y. -- People are in custody following celebrations in Cortland during the 55th annual "Cortaca" weekend.

SUNY Cortland beat Ithaca College with a last minute 41 yard touchdown yesterday and the crowds took to the streets to celebrate.

Police say the game usually makes for a busy night, but this year it became more violent than years past and they had to call for backup.

"We were severely outnumbered, so we called for more Officers to come from other agencies and they did. And the bad situation that we had on Clayton Ave is over now. It was all destructive, there were thousands of people partying, reviling, and throwing things which was the biggest thing," said Michael Catalano, Cortland Police Officer.

"Their having fun but I mean no one was really causing trouble; it just became a mob scene because there were so many people out there," said T.J. O'Leary, Cortland Alumni.

The Chief says he is only aware of a few injuries, but didn't know any specifics. ClientIP:, UserAgent: CCBot/2.0 ( Profile: TWCSAMLSP