Sunday, October 18, 2009

Homecoming Giveaway

Lou Miller had 2.5 sacks

Penn 27 Columbia 13

Why Penn Won

After a jittery start, the Quakers settled down and overcame 13-7 second quarter deficit to dominate the rest of the way. QB Keiffer Garton played perfectly for the final 40 minutes of the game and Penn capitalized on several Columbia mistakes. But to be fair, this is a Penn team that is very tough to beat when Garton is healthy and making good decisions. He did that most of the day Saturday.

Why Columbia Lost

The team with a +8 turnover ratio coming into Saturday made an incredible eight turnovers on the afternoon. The Lions appeared to settle down in the second quarter to take the lead at 13-7, but a blocked PAT opened the floodgates for more sloppy play and Columbia did not recover.

Key Turning Points

-Trailing 7-0 late in the first quarter, Adam Mehrer intercepted a Garton pass and returned to the Penn 30. The Lions quickly drove inside te Quaker five, only to have M.A. Olawale throw a deflected pass that was picked off by Kameron Jones at the 4.

-On the ensuing possession, Matt Moretto intercepted a Garton pass and returned it to the Penn 38. But the Lions went 11 yards backwards and had to punt it right back.

-After taking a 13-7 lead on a beautiful Olawale-to-Austin Knowlin TD pass that covered 68 yards, the extra point was blocked and the Lions were flagged for a personal foul as Penn attempted a run-back off the block. The ensuing kickoff from the Columbia 15 set up the Quakers with great field position at their 48 and they marched the 52 yards for the go-ahead TD in just over five minutes.

-On the ensuing drive, Olawale fumbled the ball on an option keeper, giving the Quakers the ball at the CU 14. Penn scored another TD for plays later.

Columbia MVP

Lou Miller had a standout game, getting two and a half sacks, five tackles for a loss and 10 total tackles.

Knowlin had his best game as a pure receiver since Craig Hormann graduated after the 2007 season. He finished with five catches for 109 yards and a TD.


At Sun Oct 18, 08:20:00 PM GMT+7, Blogger cathar said...

It's hard to find anything positive to take away from yesterday's game. Possibly the worst thing is that here we were in our "showcase" game of the season (albeit one a little later than usual), with the stands relatively filled, and we showed very little to entice folks back two weeks from now.

We go on to Dartmouth next week, too, suddenly "upsettable" by what isn't a very good team but at least will be playing at home. So next Saturday may really set the tone for the rest of the season. Not only do we have to win, maybe we have to "win big." (Dare I add "Princeton big?")

It was good, however, to see that Alex Gross was at least down on the field yesterday. With a noticeable limp, but surely he wouldn't have been there so quickly post-op if the prognosis wasn't good for a complete recovery. That was nice to see.

At Sun Oct 18, 08:45:00 PM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The key play, despite our turnovers, was when MA missed a wide open Knowlin near the goal line. That score would have led to a Lion win.

At Sun Oct 18, 09:11:00 PM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Will we see Frazer again this year? He was at the game.

At Sun Oct 18, 09:14:00 PM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Our defense actually played a pretty good game. Penn was playing with a short field.
teh offense wasn't playing to our talents. Kennedy should be catching 6 balls a game. If we want to run inisde with Rangel we can't do it against a strong defense if we are in the shotgun. MA has to learn how to tuck th ball. And Knowlin, as grat as he is, needs to learn how to field punts which aren't kicked right to him. We do much better with two punt retuners, since we really aren't going to block many kicks. And what is going on with the PATs?

At Sun Oct 18, 09:16:00 PM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Agree with Cathar. No positive takeaways from yesterday's game. Perhaps the coach shouldn't even show the kids the game film. Kids have to leave that one on the field and move on. Looking at the Ivy League scoreboard last night shows the it is a wide open league. We have a competitive team and have an oppy to be in the mix. Penn was a beatable team and yes that was a win-"able" game
What I did see on the field yesterday is that this team is prepared to fight.
Eliminate the mistakes and we'll be fine.

At Sun Oct 18, 10:48:00 PM GMT+7, Blogger DOC said...

If you turn the ball over 8 times you lose 100% of the time, regardless of your effort or "fight",
which is a shame, since this was
Homecoming. Give Penn credit- they
caused the turnovers and took advantage of the short fields they afforded. If we just take care of the ball against Dartmouth it shouldnt be close.

At Sun Oct 18, 10:48:00 PM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

A few points worth noting. First, Lafayette just rolled over Harvard. I know that these comparisons are dangerous, but this should say something about our talent level. Second, I just don't understand our inability to make offensive adjustments during hte half time against a tough opponent. Third, I think that the hurry up offfense is defeated if MA needs to run to the sideline and check with the coaches before callin ghte plays. Fourth, we just flat out beat ourselves. Fifth, I think we will bounce back and play well for the rest of teh year. I think our kids will learn from this.

At Mon Oct 19, 01:41:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Agree on the no huddle point. We actually had some momentum at the end of the game. But the constant checking off at the sideline has got to stop.

Doc- I agree that Penn made the turnovers happen and in that lopsided a TO ratio we lose every time. That said, our talent level and our no quit spirit shows that we'll be fine.

But I think we've moved beyond just being competitive.

Only W's matter.

At Mon Oct 19, 04:53:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Re checking off on the sideline: it just has to be brought under control; it is a momentum killer and gives the defense a chance to think about what's coming. Have some plays called in advance, and run them. One final point: Lou Miller played a great game.

At Mon Oct 19, 07:23:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

We praise MA when he has a good game, can't make any excuses for one of the worst performances I've ever seen. -47 yard and 6 turnovers! What happened to Kelly? He had some good games last year.

At Mon Oct 19, 07:28:00 PM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I believe the point of the pseudo "hurry up" O is to prevent the D from being able to substitute freely. Once the O lines up, the D has to do the same.
Anyone know anything about the JV game on Friday?

At Mon Oct 19, 08:57:00 PM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

MA appears to stay in the pocket/hold the ball too long and that's where he gets in trouble. He needs to make plays with his legs when he has 20 yds of open field in front of him. Otherwise we need to get a more accurate thrower in there as he missed wide open receivers on several occasions. MA is a great talent and everyone has bad days--let's hope we can shake this off and march on.

At Mon Oct 19, 09:40:00 PM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

In three out of 5 games this year our offense has been shut out in the second half. What's going on? Can someone please tell me?

At Mon Oct 19, 10:30:00 PM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Columbia Junior Varsity defeated Bridgton Academy by a 49-40 score Friday afternoon at Baker Field.

At Tue Oct 20, 09:01:00 PM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think the answer to the question - what's happen in the second half - is teams realize we are one dimensional with MA and adjust accordingly. We are too easy to defend. Stop MA from running and put pressure on him and the offense folds.

At Wed Oct 21, 02:06:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Any details on the JV game???

At Wed Oct 21, 02:32:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have to take issue with "Anonymous" (why is everyone anonymous?) - We had a RB leading the Ives, and a WR who broke a school record - so how are we playing on one dimension?


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