Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Beat Down of the Decade

Corey Cameron was a one-man wrecking crew against the Tigers in 2009

Continuing now with the list of the greatest Columbia football games of the 2000's...

Game #4

Columbia 38 Princeton 0

October 3, 2009

Princeton Stadium

After an exhiliarating 40-28 win over favored Fordham and then a 22-14 loss to underdog Central Connecticut State, the Columbia Lions came into Princeton Stadium to take on a Tiger team that was also 1-1.

The Lions hadn't defeated Princeton since 2003 and were coming off two consecutive heart breaking losses to the Tigers in 2007 and 2008. Princeton was favored to make it three in a row.

But by the time the game was over, the Lions had completed their most dominating performance over an Ivy opponent for the entire decade. It was so dominant that even the Columbia fans walked out of the stadium still stunned.

No other Lion victory in the 2000's was as one-sided as this game, even though it was far from a flawless performance. The Columbia offense sputtered a bit in the first half, and despite the shutout, the Lion defense gave up a ton of yards all day.

But why nitpick? The game had everything! Defensive touchdowns, long TD bombs, an incredible effort by Austin Knowlin to find the end zone in acrobatic fashion.

But the sweetest moment had to be the stunned silence from the Princeton fans as they began to realize that not only were the Tigers going to lose, but lose very very badly.

It's a feeling not enough opposing fans had to endure over the past decade.


At Wed Jan 13, 03:03:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jake, voyforums shows us with only one recruit and everybody else with more, in some cases a lot more, committed players. Can we read anything into this?

At Wed Jan 13, 03:04:00 AM GMT+7, Blogger Jake said...

I don't think so. It's just that our commits have been quieter in the press. We have more.

At Wed Jan 13, 05:02:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm glad to hear that; I would think we would be in a pretty good recruiting position right now, since there seems to be a perception that the program is on the upswing, with stability in the coaching ranks, and a high retention rate for our players. I hope that we bring in a heavy duty, between the hash marks running back who can move the pile.

At Fri Jan 15, 07:56:00 PM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

We could have gone 1-9 this season and I would have been still smiling ear to ear thinking of the Princeton game every week. Beating Penn would have been the cherry on top. Let's get it done next year fellas!!!


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