The Lions just didn't do this enough today (CREDIT: Columbia Athletics/Gene Boyars)
Harvard 27 Columbia 12
Why Harvard Won
They dominated both lines of scrimmage, harassing Craig Hormann on every play while on defense, while giving their own QB, Chris Pizzoti eons of time while on offense. When you win the battle in the trenches in football, you will win.
Why Columbia Lost
They couldn't protect Hormann with any consistency and they never even came close to getting a sack of their own. Some of their more promising drives in the first half ended with no points.
Key Turning Points
1) Trailing 7-0 in the first quarter, the Lions drove the ball all the way to the Harvard 11 and had a first down, but they got no closer than the 7 and had to settle for a field goal.
2) On their next possession, Columbia drove to a first down at the Harvard 16, but could get no closer than that and had to settle for yet another field goal to make 7-6.
3) After Columbia made it 7-6, Harvard took over at their own 33 and easily drove down the field for another TD, only a missed extra point kept it from becoming a total momentum killer.
4) On their first drive of the 4th quarter and now trailing 20-6, the Lions had a first down at the Harvard 29, but Craig Hormann fumbled the ball while trying to fight through a sack a play later and the Crimson recovered. 11 plays later, it was 27-6.
It was another terrific game for Austin Knowlin who finished with 10 catches for 123 yards and a TD. He also ran a couple of reverses, one for 8 yards. He now has 797 yards receiving this season, just 203 yards shy of Don Lewis' Columbia season record.
MVP of the Game: Austin Knowlin