Hit and Run
Sandberg had a career day in a Penn rout (CREDIT: IvyLeagueSports.com)
Penn 59 Columbia 28
Why Penn Won
They didn't do anything fancy; they ran the ball right up the gut and Columbia couldn't stop them. But when Penn did decide to pass, the Lions couldn't stop them either as Bryan Walker finished 16 for 21 passing with two TD's
Why Columbia Lost
In addition to the defensive problems, the offense and the special teams made crucial mistakes that turned slight miscues into catastrophic errors. A blocked field goal was left lying on the field, and while the Columbia players were stadning around, Penn went after the ball and finally returned it for a TD.
The Turning Point
The blocked FG turned a 10-7 game into a 17-7 affair, but frankly, Penn's opening drive for a TD was an even bigger turning point in my mind.
It was eerily reminiscent of the John Witkowski era, as Craig Hormann became the first Lion QB since Witkowski to have a 400 yeard passing game. Hormann threw two INT's, but only one was really his fault. Like so many Witkowski games, the Lions defense made much of those big number irrelevant.
Austin Knowlin was the biggest positive on the day with 10 catches for 188 yards, (including a 90-yarder), and 2 TD's.
Ray Rangel's two TD runs were brilliantly executed.
Game MVP: Knowlin