Coming Up Short
Sophomore Austin Knowlin finished as the top receiver in the Ivies (CREDIT: Columbia Athletics/Gene Boyars)
Brown 30 Columbia 22
Why Brown Won
They jumped out to a big early lead and didn't completely lose their nerve when the Lions almost came all the way back. Big interceptions late in the game by Brown's resilient secondary were a big key.
Why Columbia Lost
They squandered scoring opportunity after scoring opportunity and then couldn't close the deal on a remarkable second half comeback. Hormann's three late interceptions were daggers to the Lions' hearts.
Key Turning Points
1) Trailing 21-0 early in the second quarter, freshman Adam Meher forced and recovered a Brown fumble at the Bear 23. But the Lions failed to even get a first down and Brown came away unscathed.
2) After cutting Brown's lead to 21-3, Columbia appeared to be gaining momentum. But the Lions allowed the Bears to drive all the way to the Columbia 26 and Steve Morgan was able to boot a long field goal to give Brown their 21-point advantage once again.
3) After cutting the lead to 24-10 and getting another defensive stop, the Lions drove all the way from their 20 to get a 1st and goal at the Brown 6. But they couldn't get any closer than the 3 and had to settle for a 20-yard field goal from Jon Rocholl. Columbia's next possession followed a similar pattern as the Lions failed to get a TD after driving all the way to the Brown 9. Another field goal made it 24-16 when it could have been 24-24 by that point.
4) After the Eugene Edwards 69-yard fumble return for a TD cut the Brown lead to 24-22, Columbia forced another three-and-out and got the ball back. But Hormann promptly threw a crucial interception that killed the momentum. Columbia would not score again.
1) Against an excellent offense, the young Lion defense adjusted beautifully and gave the team more than enough chances to win. The excellent play of freshmen Alex Gross, Adam Mehrer, Augie Williams, and Calvin Otis stood out. Obviously the sophomores and juniors contributed brilliantly as well. If these kids stay with it, the future is indeed bright.
2) The Ivy leader for 2007 in receiving yards, Austin Knowlin, fell 12 yards shy of the all-time Columbia single season record for passing yards, but he still had another 100+ yard game and made a lot of great plays. He also finally broke a good long kickoff return in what we hope will be a hint of things to come for the next two years.
Game MVP: Eugene Edwards had a great game with nine tackles and his all-out sprint for a TD on the fumble recovery was impressive.