Monday, October 26, 2009

Hurtin' in Hanover

By halftime, the Memorial Field stands resembled this Hanover waterfall

Dartmouth 28 Columbia 6

Why Dartmouth Won

The Big Green immediately established a running attack and passed the ball just well enough to score points when they needed them. Nick Schwieger broke a school record with 242 yards rushing. Meanwhile, the defense gave up a lot of yards but forced Columbia mistakes time after time.

Why Columbia Lost

They could not stop the Dartmouth run and the offense lost all momentum every time in entered the red zone. Turnovers sealed their fate.

Key Turning Points

-Dartmouth took the opening kickoff and drove 67 yards for a TD mostly on great short runs by Schwieger. Connor Kempe's best pass of the day went for the score and the Lions never seemed to recover.

-Forced to punt on their first possession, Columbia snapped the ball over punter Greg Guttas' head and a partial block led to the Big Green getting the ball at the Lions' 36. It was 14-0 Dartmouth not long after that.

-Columbia put together a good drive to start the second half, and looked like they would make it 14-7, but a holding penalty and missed FG left them with nothing.

Columbia MVP

You have to give the award to Adam Mehrer, who had 16 tackles and a lot of TD-saving stops.

The highlight of the weekend was meeting with Coach Mac, more on that later


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