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Schuster comes up with the ball!
#97: Wayne's Bobble
With the scored tied at 3 in week one, Fordham got the ball first in the second half and was promptly facing a 3rd and three at its own 31.
Columbia came in on a run blitz led by LB Alex Gross and safety Neil Schuster that rattled Ram QB Blake Wayne who promptly bobbled and fumbled the shotgun snap.
First Gross grabbed the fumble, but he lost it. Luckily Schuster then got it and the Lions took over at the Fordham 21.
As we've discussed over and over on this site, Columbia's run defense really needs to improve in 2011. But this was one play where the defense really performed beautifully and killed a play before it even started.
And yes, they got a little lucky too.
The fumble was the first takeaway for the Lions in 2010, a season where they had 20 takeaways compared to 29 in 2009.
That number has to climb back up again in 2011 if Columbia is going to contend.