Saturday, November 13, 2010

A Bowl of Our Own

Cornell Big Red at Columbia Lions

November 13, 2010

Kickoff Time: 12:30pm

Location: Robert K. Kraft Field, Lawrence A. Wien Stadium at the Baker Athletics Complex

Gametime Weather Forecast: Sunny and 61 degrees

The Spread: Columbia is favored by 19 points

Columbia Game Notes

Cornell Game Notes

HOW TO GET TO THE GAME (Jake’s EVEN NEWER preferred methods):

By Subway: Take the Uptown A train to the final stop at 207th Street. Exit from the 211th Street exit and walk up to 218th Street.

By Commuter Rail: Take the Metro North train from Grand Central to the Marble Hill stop and walk back over the Broadway Bridge to the stadium.

By Car: Do whatever you can to avoid the Cross Bronx Expressway. But ALSO avoid the tie ups at Broadway north of Dyckman that are also a result of the subway construction. And the Harlem River Drive is now backed up on weekends because of GW Bridge construction. You can still take the RFK/Triboro Bridge to either 125th Street and stay on 125th going west until you reach the West Side Highway North, or take the RFK/Triboro to the Major Deegan North to the 230th Street exit and drive down Broadway to 218th.
If you choose the parking garages along 10th Avenue, I would get under the tracks as soon as you can on 10th and pull into the first garage you see within 10 blocks of the stadium.

More driving, subway, and bus directions and tips here


Columbia and Cornell have followed eerily similar paths over the past 15 years or so. The teams have split their last 14 games right down the middle at seven wins apiece.

But the Lions come into this game having won the last two in a row and looking to beat the Big Red three times in a row for the first time since 1992, '93, and '94. Befor that, Columbia hadn't won three in a row against Cornell since 1960, ’61, and ’62.

When the game is in New York City, the local Cornell club makes a serious event out of it and even holds a short parade near its clubhouse in Midtown. The Big Red travelling crowd is usually the best you see at Wien Stadium compared to any other Ivy.

The added excitement of an actual named “Bowl” game and corresponding traveling trophy should make the crowd even more enthusiastic.

Keys to the Game

Run, Run, Run!

Cornell’s run defense is not strong by any stretch and the Lions must take advantage. Columbia needs to see if it can match or exceed the roughly 245 yards in rushing offense the Big Red has been allowing this season.

Avoid the Turnovers and Short Punts

The only way a team like Cornell can really improve on its 10 points per game average is to grab a bunch of turnovers and capitalize on insanely short fields.

Get the Sacks

The Big Red is allowing five sacks per game. Columbia needs to match that number and maybe even exceed it. It’s time for the defensive line that looked so good in the wins over Towson and Princeton to make its triumphant return.

Keep the Crown In, (and out) of It

Cornell’s crowd will be decent in size as it always is when the Big Red visit Wien Stadium. The Lions need an early lead and a grind-it-out clock-controlling game to keep the bad guys from cheering their team on to a 19-point underdog upset.

At the same time, the Lion crowd needs to keep cheering and drowning out the considerable Big Red crowd and large marching band.

Saying Goodbye

There are some all-time great Lions who will take the field at Wien Stadium for the last time tomorrow.

These guys all went through a lot for this program and our gratitude knows no bounds.

I know that there are a good number of seniors who are considering taking a 5th year because of injuries, but I do want to include the names of all the seniors here:

Dan Cohen OL

Rex Cole DB

Carl Constant OL

Alex Gross LB

Nico Gutierrez WR

Craig Hamilton DB

Paul Havas WR

Marc Holloway LB

Leon Ivery RB

Andrew Kennedy TE

Bryan Kipp DL

Zack Kourouma RB

Nathan Lenz FB

Adam Mehrer S

Matt Moretto LB

Mike Murphy DB

Daniel Myers DB

Calvin Otis CB

Clif Pope TE

Ian Quirk OL

Prentis Robinson OL

Tim Skalak OL

Josh Smith DE

Mike Stevens WR

Matt Stotler DL

Augie Williams LB


At Sat Nov 13, 08:31:00 PM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

As a dedicated alumnus who has been sidelined for today's game I want to extend my appreciation to a great senior class and a supportive group of parents. Go Lions! You are very much appreciated.

At Sun Nov 14, 03:35:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

what a gutty win!

At Sun Nov 14, 03:43:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...


At Sun Nov 14, 04:25:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Did anybody notice how good Columbia was as soon as Nick Gerst entered the game. With Gerst and Brackett the team is electric..Can somebody explain to me where Gerst has been for a month...The last time he got to play before this he rushed for 140 yds...Where would this team have been..


At Sun Nov 14, 04:43:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Next year with Gerst and Garrett as the backs and a junior brackett and a returning Mike Stephens...and possibly one or two newcomer surprises and this offense should have all the pieces

Though we should have won handily against this rather poor Cornell team, I am pleased to see us pull one out in the final minutes!

At Sun Nov 14, 05:39:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...


At Sun Nov 14, 05:46:00 AM GMT+7, Blogger DOC said...

Congrats to the defense which played a great 4th quarter, allowing what seemed like one first down in that time span. Absolutely agree that Gerst made a huge difference, also play calling, which finally got him outside the tackles. However, we don't get a shot at the winning drive without Brackett dodging and weaving through tacklers, on one good leg.This team never quits !!

At Sun Nov 14, 06:10:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Our WRs came up short; drops, giving up on patterns, lack of ability to get separation, and lack of speed. We need a high end WR next year. And Brackett should be POY, despite our record.

At Sun Nov 14, 08:03:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Congrats. This team needed this win in the worst way. Finish the job and beat Brown to go into the offseason on a 2 game win streak.

Have some pride Lions.

At Sun Nov 14, 08:40:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wrong! Gerst has not been hurt. It is simply inexplicable why he hasn't been the premier running back all season. Go on sidelion pass and watch the games CU won earlier in the year. Gerst was the spark plug for those wins. I don't understand it.

At Sun Nov 14, 08:48:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

How about Brackett's leaping ability! Tremendous athleticism (all the more because of his gimpy leg)in leaping over the defense for the touchdown. His 150 yards rushing were tremendous. He should win the Player of the Week in the Ivy League if you ask me. How about the great crowd, too!

At Sun Nov 14, 09:39:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's 9:00 PM Saturday evening and I am still taking some deep breaths to calm down after one of the most exciting Columba victories I ever witnessed. This was a Game to Remember, particularly the final 60 yard drive to victory with about three minutes to play. Talk about drama. Columbia needed a big play on third down to get things going and Brackett made an amazing run of 16 yards. With time running out, the Lions needed some bigtime pass receptions and they got them from Kurt Williams and Ian Cummins (the first of his Columbia varsity career, I believe). The Lions needed yardage in the red zone and Gerst delivered. The Lions needed some more yardage and Gutierrez made The Catch. And then, of course, the Lions needed The Man, Sean Brackett, to run for a first down and then leap two plays later into the endzone and that's precisely what he did, even with an injured leg. Finally, let's give all of the players on the winning drive credit for executing flawlessly. And finally, thanks to the offensive line for coming through when it counted and blocking ferociously on the drive and particularly on the winning play when Brackett hurdled into the endzone. Thanks guys!

At Sun Nov 14, 10:36:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow! what a job by this coaching staff. They have now won at least four games in three of the five seasons. I think after this win no matter what happens next week, they deserve to be back. After today it is safe to call this a successful season.Congrats to all associated with this fine program. having followed the team in the 1980's i really appreciate the amazing improvement in the Even ray tellier never has back to back seasons of this type of consistent success. program.

At Sun Nov 14, 12:46:00 PM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Amazing how much better Columbia is with Gerst on the field. He opens up the whole offense with his electric speed. It really is unbeleivable how this kid sat for 1/2 the year...The option with Brackett is so much more effective when the defense has to worry about Gersts speed. Brackett will stay more healthy if Gerst carries more of the load. Same old story. When you can run the ball you win.

At Sun Nov 14, 07:09:00 PM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The coaches deserve to be baack. No question.


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