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.