Columbia-Yale: Keys to the Game
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Yale pretty much looked unbeatable until last week, when the Elis darn near lost to Penn at Franklin Field. The offense stalled a bit despite 147 yards from Mike McLeod and while the defense came up big when it needed to, there was some weakness against the pass.
Columbia will need to pull out a number of surprises and special tactics to have a chance tomorrow. They include:
1) Make the Elis Run
Coming off a triple-OT game and a long bus ride, Yale may tire a little easier than usual. The offense needs to spread the field with screen passes, deep balls, and give the ball to the speedy Ray Rangel more to induce fatigue. You never want to lose, but you really don't want to lose without even making the other guys break a sweat.
2) Blitz, Blitz, Blitz
Let's face it, the Lions haven't been able to stop the run by being conservative, so I say take more risks and see if they can't disrupt things in the opposing backfield. The burn risk is high, but I honestly don't know how Columbia can get more burned by the run than they already are.
3) Have Fun
The Lions will be playing the #1 team in the Ivies... they need to grab the underdog's spirit and know they have very little to lose.
... oh and did I forget to say: "stop Mike McLeod?" If I did forget, it's probably because doing so seems just about impossible.
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