Sunday, September 17, 2006

"D" is for Dominant

Columbia 37 Fordham 7

The Norries Wilson era got off to a great start today as the Columbia Lions took advantage of a slew of Fordham mistakes, and created some of their own in a 37-7 crushing of the Rams.

I'll have much more on this game in the coming days, but here are the headlines:

The Defense was Superb

Columbia's "D" played fired up ball for 60 minutes, forcing turnovers, confusing the quarterback, and most importantly, STOPPING THE RUN. Fordham's star runner James Prydatko had just 47 yards on 20 carries with a long run of just eight yards.

There were too many great individual efforts to mention in this quick piece, but sophomore Drew Quinn and senior tri-captain Adam Brekke seemed like they made big plays on every series.

The Lions also produced two defensive touchdowns, doing what the offense couldn't do until well into the second half; put the ball in the end zone.

The 3-5-3 looks like a winner, as the Columbia defenders not only shifted a lot before each snap, but they shifted fast and aggressively. Kudos to defensive coordinator Lou Ferrari for getting these guys ready to play and seeing to it that they dominated the line of scrimmage despite giving up a lot in size to the Fordham offensive line.

The Offense has Some Work to Do

QB Craig Hormann and the offensive troops looked a little sluggish for the first two and a half quarters, but they finished strong enough to preserve the blowout.

The running game was not spectacular, but it made a difference when it counted. Starting tailback Jordan Davisrushed 18 times for a respectable 61 yards, and backup James Cobb made his short time on the field count with 39 yards on three carries, including a nice 22-yard scamper for a touchdown.

Another star was freshman Austin Knowlin, who caught a 62-yard touchdown pass from Hormann and made another tough clutch catch later in the game.

Rocholl was no Fluke, and these Special Teams Really are Special

Fordham could have avoided paying the price for its many early mistakes if it had not been for the sure leg of Columbia sophomore John Rocholl. When the Lion's offense had trouble moving the ball after Ram turnovers, Rocholl made sure Columbia got at least three points out of it every time. Rocholl made all three of his field goal attempts, the longest of them was 42 yards.

Meanwhile, Columbia blocked both of Fordham's field goal attempts with fantastic rushes from the outside. We'll have to wait for the official game notes to find out who got the blocks, but the Lions were impressively aggressive.


BOTH Columbia blocks were made by cornerback Eugene Edwards,
a junior. Congrats to him!

Wilson Wins the First

Norries Wilson becomes the first Columbia football head coach to win his opening game since Aldo "Buff" Donelli did it in 1957 with a 23-20 win over Brown. Now Wilson will try to match the legendary Lou Little by trying to become the first CU coach since the hall-of-famer to go 2-0 his first time out. Incidentally, Little started his career at 3-0 in his first season, 1930... each victory was by shutout!


At Sun Sep 17, 04:37:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks, Jake for the wrap-up. Unfortunately, I tried watching it from the webcast, but that's another story, another day...

Did it seem to you that the D has depth, alas, froshs, but they seemed to get the job done. Thinking about how fired up the team was, I wonder if, in addition to Coach, it is because some of these kids were standouts at their high schools and came with a winning attitude? I know one frosh, at least, who left high school as a team captain the whole way to the state semis. He doesn't know much about being on the other side of the W L column. I'd bet he isn't the only one. Just a thought.

Anyway, looking forward to reading more. Thanks again.

At Sun Sep 17, 07:08:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

If Norris becomes the first coach to go 2-0 since Lou Little, does anyone remember the team where Little came from?


At Sun Sep 17, 10:00:00 AM GMT+7, Blogger Jake said...

It did seem like the D had depth, with frosh like Masorti coming in later in the game and making plays. I'll have some more later in the week on how Masorti could be second coming of Columbia great Des Werthman, (he even looks like Des)!

Look, without a JV season, Columbia needs to get the second team in the real games as much as possible to get them some reps. It's nice to see them do that today because we had such a big lead!

At Sun Sep 17, 10:03:00 AM GMT+7, Blogger Jake said...

Yes, Little did come from Georgetown! Excellent point! You gotta love symmetry.


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