Sunday, October 04, 2009

Whippin' on Washington Street

Jared Morine grabbed ANOTHER pick six! (CREDIT: Columbia Athletics)

Columbia 38 Princeton 0

Why Columbia Won

The defense gaveth and the offense tooketh. The first half was all about the two fumbles the Lions defense forced and the offense's ability to capitalize, first on a short TD run by M.A. Olawale and then with a FG by Greg Guttas to make it 9-0 at the half. Then Jared Morine got another pick six to start the second half and the game was over.

Why Princeton Lost

The Tiger offense was declawed. Soph QB Tommy Wornham just couldn't deliver the key throw time after time. The Princeton defense actually did a pretty good job, but finally ran out of gas in the 4th quarter.

Turning Points

-I thought Princeton's fumble late in the first half, giving the Lions the ball at the Tiger 12 was huge. Columbia didn't get a TD, but they left the field with a much-needed FG, a two-score lead, and solid momentum.

-With both teams looking sluggish to start the 2nd half, Morine's pick six put Columbia in the driver's seat the rest of the way.

MVP of the Game

Key tackle after key tackle was made with authority by LB Corey Cameron. He finished with 12 tackles, some of which were stops that stuffed what otherwise would have been big gainers.


At Sun Oct 04, 10:08:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

MVP was MA. He was excellent; a bushnell Cup performance. Followed closely by AK. they are the two best players in the League.

At Sun Oct 04, 10:56:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jared Morine is having a great season thus far with his superior special teams play and his two picks to the house in the first three games. I don't know if there is some special recognition at the League level for this kind of effort but they should. Great play today by Cameron this week as well. Nice job MA. Fun to watch this game today.

The Neckman

At Sun Oct 04, 11:05:00 AM GMT+7, Blogger DOC said...

Wow !! No one expected a margin of victory of 38 points and a shutout to boot !! Congrats to the Lions for starting the Ivy portion of the season with a road win against an opponent that has had our number time and again. That streak is over and a new era begins.Kudos to MA and Ray R. who continue excelling at their positions while taking care of the ball. The O-line was fab and the D-line bent but never broke. Congrats to Mike Stephens for sticking it in the end zone this time. A little payback for the pumpkinheads.

At Sun Oct 04, 03:41:00 PM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...


I had a girlfried who called me "pumpkinhead," but I am no Princetonian, that's for sure. T'was a famous victory.

At Sun Oct 04, 06:18:00 PM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

MA is really showing that he is a complete player. His running ability is now complemented by an excellent passing touch. And AK's catch and run was a Mario Manningham play. But the unsung hero was our sophomore offensive tackle; he was opening up running lanes all afternoon.

At Sun Oct 04, 07:33:00 PM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Agree with all above. Thought we'd win, but never dreamt 38-0. Only other thing to mention is the visiting side crowd. Haven't seen as large, active and noisy visiting CU crowd in as long as I can remember.

At Sun Oct 04, 08:51:00 PM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

So fun to see Columbia clinch a crucial win on the road. Kudos to MA, AK, CC, AS, and especially, Jared Morine. That kid should be seeing a lot more field time, that's for sure. Go Lions!!

At Sun Oct 04, 09:13:00 PM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Huge win and great way to start rolling up the Ivy foes. Saw alot of the Penn game on tv and they look very mediocre against a still weak but slightly better then last year D-Mouth squad. Lafayette might be the best team we play this year so that game will tell a lot.

At Sun Oct 04, 09:55:00 PM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Kudos to the alumni association for getting out the visiting crowd. The spirit was excellent. I was especially impressed by teh coaching job. No panic during the first hald when we failed to convert the opening drive, or when Princeton started to stir a bit. At one point, Norries pulled some of the starters together and really let them have it on the sideline. I'm not sure what he said, but whatever it was, it worked. On to the unfriendly confines of Lafayette, but hey, it can't be any worse than Fordham! Two road wins, and the season is young!

At Sun Oct 04, 10:52:00 PM GMT+7, Anonymous Frode Jensen said...

How big was yesterday’s win at Princeton?

Well, it was Columbia's first shutout since 2006, a 24-0 win over Iona. But it was also…

… Columbia's largest win in thirty-seven years, since a 44-0 rout of Fordham to open the 1972 season.

…It was Princeton’s worst defeat in 20 years, since a 46-0 loss at Holy Cross in 1989.

...It was the Lions largest margin of victory ever against the Tigers, in a series that began in 1875 and which Princeton dominates 64-14-1.

...The previous largest margin of victory for Columbia over Princeton was 32-7, in 1945.

... It was Columbia’s first win in an Ivy League opener since 2003, a 33-27 win at Princeton.

…It was Columbia’s first shutout in Ivy League play since beating Harvard 24-0 in 1998.

…It was Columbia’s first shutout win in an Ivy road game since beating Yale 11-0 in 1961.

…It was only the Light Blue’s fourth win ever at Princeton.

…The victory tied the Lions' second-biggest margin of victory ever over an Ivy League opponent (44-6 vs. Cornell, 1960). Columbia defeated Brown 50-0 during the 1961season.

Frode Jensen Law '76

At Mon Oct 05, 03:02:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said... includes highlights of Tiger games. I don't know how soon the Lions' whippin' will be up.

At Mon Oct 05, 02:08:00 PM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

hey i know this might be random but im a new fan to Columbia i just started following the team this season im really excited. Im tryin to get tickets for the Yale game how are the games in terms of atmosphere...i know its a dumb question i was just wondering...also is there anyway to get the games on tv if you live in the NY area and do not have dish? any way great win on the road i feel like there is something good here. GO LIONS!

At Mon Oct 05, 08:45:00 PM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jake, I couldn't help reading this morning's The Daily Princetonian--they call us a "perennial doormat"!

At Mon Oct 05, 10:12:00 PM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

In reference to the comment at 12:08, welcome to the family of CU fans. We need all the people we can get. And if you are a student, please encourage your fellow students to come to games and cheer wildly. The atmosphere has been improving but CU needs many more who are not afraid to clap and yell and get LOUD. The team needs your support. It really matters! You can get tickets to the Yale game on the CU athletic website or at the stadium the day of the game. Also, to watch games online go to the the CU athletic website and click on the SideLion Pass which provides audio and video on game days for a nominal charge. Here is the link:


At Tue Oct 06, 01:25:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Cameron defensive player of the week; HMs to MA,AK and our first year punter, Williamson.

At Tue Oct 06, 02:58:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jake - I think we all can feel the groundswell of support for the Lions...your blog is about to burst at the seams......

At Tue Oct 06, 03:37:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This year, I will travel from Boston to Morningside Heights in my annual trek to Homecoming ('82). This year I come with anticipation of strong, competitive game from our Lions, which stands in stark contrast to many years when I came only for social reasons and few expectations on a positive outcome.

No sure what happened in CCSU game, but I hope we play against Penn the same way we did vs Princeton and FOrdham. I wasn't sure that scoring 5/6 TDs in a game was allowed in our school charter! (sorry, you get jaded after three decades)



At Tue Oct 06, 03:41:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Lafayette game will tell alot. If we can hang with them (even if we lose a close one), then I will begin to believe this year's Lions are for real. Lafayette beat Penn and Yale already, so they will be very tough on home turf. Good luck team!

At Tue Oct 06, 03:48:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

If you read the Daily Princetonian blog you will see everyone calling for their coach's head. One of the more telling posts was from a former student athlete who said many talented recruits have quit the football team for what ever reasons...but the clear indication was a lack of confidence in the Coach.

By contrast, I understand that this is our largest team in a long time and that it is evenly spread across the four classes. This implies to me that the kids want to be/remain part of this program...that they like the Coach.

Is this a correct inference?

At Tue Oct 06, 04:04:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't have any personal knowledge, i.e., I don't speak with any of the players or parents, but the circumstantial evidence, e.g., the retention rate and, even more importantly, the 3 walk ons, certainly support the view that the kids want to be part of that which Coach Wilson and his staff have created.

At Tue Oct 06, 05:16:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

In so many years past, we would watch Columbia be slowly but surely worn down and beaten. Play was marked by anemic offense leading to a tired defense which inevitably gave up alot of points by the end of the game.

This year, the script was the same but the roles were reversed. It was great to see us hand el Tigres a bit of their own medicine. I saw balance and depth on the Lion's side. On offense, we seemed able to grind out a running game and also strike the big play. On defense, we forced turnovers which lead to points.

I like what I see so far. Let's hope everyone stays healthy.


That school has such a superiority is nice to see it get knocked down a few pegs.


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