Saturday, September 27, 2008

Columbia-Towson Keys to the Game

Austin Knowlin looks to get more catches (CREDIT: Columbia Athletics)

1) Control the Line of Scrimmage

Towson's offensive and defensive linemen have been pushed around this year and this is no time for Columbia to end that streak. The Lions are stronger and more experienced on the defensive line, ditto in spades on the offensive side of the ball. If they can't take advantage of these match-ups, the Lions won't be able to do it all season.

2) Stay Focused for 60 Minutes

A definite lull crept over Columbia in the second half after a major burst in the second quarter. Despite the longish road trip, the Lions need to come out pumped and keep up the intensity.

3) Contain Schaefer

Sean Schaefer is going to try to attack Columbia with short passes and crossers all day. Occasionally, he'll probably go deep. The linebackers need to help contain these plays and the defensive line needs to put pressure on Schaefer whenever possible. Schaefer may be as good a QB as Fordham's John Skelton, but he doesn't have the Fordham offensive line in front of him or a Xavier Martin to hand the ball off to whenever he likes.

4) Run, Run, Run

This is a team that's giving up 300+ yards per game on the ground. Run the ball until they prove thay can stop you.

5) Get Austin More Touches

But running aside, Austin Knowlin needs to get the ball thrown to him enough times to really make an impact. He makes things happen, period.


At Sat Sep 27, 04:00:00 AM GMT+7, Blogger dabull said...

I'd like to see more aggressive playcalling too. Kelly showed good touch on two fairly long balls down the left sideline in the 2nd quarter, then we never stretched the defense again. I know we started our 2nd half drives deep in our own end but even when we moved it out for some good breathing room we stayed too conservative for my liking. Also a heads up to Lion fan. The Towson site is selling video feed of the game for a one time shot of 4.95.

At Sat Sep 27, 04:52:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for that video tip, dabull...I be watchin!

At Sat Sep 27, 10:02:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

SideLion Pass is listing the game on its video service...starting at 11:45; the game begins at 3, however.

At Sat Sep 27, 07:44:00 PM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

the towson feed will be available to subscribers

At Sat Sep 27, 08:22:00 PM GMT+7, Blogger dabull said...

Right on, save 5 bucks. But you'll have to hear the Towson crew and miss Jerry and Jake. Oh well, you can go back and replay the archived audio.

At Sat Sep 27, 09:12:00 PM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Game is listed as starting at 11 AM EST on Towson subscription site. Has it been changed due to weather? Better check if planning to watch or listen.


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