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Ivy League Countdown
For the last several years, I've been counting down the 100 days until the Ivy football season begins with some kind of special daily feature, (although last year, I dedicated that time to assembling the "Lion Feeder" database of all the know high schools that have sent football players to Columbia and published that data every day for that 100 day period).
Anyway, the folks at the Ivy League sport website are doing something very similar starting today to count down the 56 days until the season starts.
Top 100 Moments of 2010
#56: The Goal Line Stand that Wasn't
After Columbia's second straight failure to capitalize on a drive that had begun inside Penn territory, the Quakers took over at their own 29 with about seven minutes left in the first half and a 14-3 lead.
The ensuing drive would essentially ice the game.
Seven rushing plays and one pass put Penn at the Lion two yard line with a 1st and goal.
Suddenly, the Columbia defense stiffened up the middle.
First Brandon Colavita was stuffed for a one yard loss by linebackers Nick Mistretta and Matt Moretto.
Then on 2nd down, Mistretta and safety Steven Grassa combined to stop Jeff Jack right at the one.
On 3rd and goal, Jack couldn't get moving and fell down right at the one.
Instead of going for the FG and handing the Lions a minor moral victory, Quaker coach Al Bagnoli called a timeout with 2:06 remaining in the half.
On the crucial 4th and goal, Jack ran to the outside instead of the inside runs Penn had tried on the three previous three plays and he danced into the end zone for a 20-3 lead.