Tad Makes a Splash
Tad was solid in defeat
Tad Crawford '07, impressed most BC Lions fans in the CFL team's 28-18 loss to Calgary Stampeders in the season opener last night. Tad had to start because of another player's injury. Full stats are not so easy to find right now, but by all accounts, Tad was solid.
Just some background: BC was dominant in the regular season last year as Tad made a nice contribution as a rookie. But the Lions fell in an early playoff shocker and didn't even get a chance to play in the Grey Cup Final.
Game of the Day (Day 85)
November 12, 1960
Columbia 16 Penn 6
Today's win from the end of the 1960 season was a Lion win most experts believe was the biggest harbinger of the following season's Ivy title.
It was Columbia's first win over the Quakers at Franklin Field since 1937, and the crowd of 15,800+ never really had any reason to doubt the outcome as the Lions took an early lead. A first quarter safety followed by a quick TD actually gave Columbia more points than they would need all day.
Don Savini scored the first touchdown, (Don's son Durc was also a member of the Lion football team in the 1980's), but missed on a couple of field goal tries, (not many teams used specialty kickers in the early 60's), and Penn later made it 9-6 on a first quarter TD of their own.
But the Lions defense took over after that and when Tom O'Connor scored from the 4 late in the third quarter it was over.
Defensively dominated wins like this one in 1960 would become the norm in 1961 when the Lions walked away with a title. In 1960, they were just a 3-6 team looking to play the spoiler.