Light it Up!
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The night game rage is still on throughout the Ivies.
It was just announced yesterday that the Dartmouth-Harvard game in week 7 will be played at night at Harvard Stadium.
Dartmouth is installing lights at Memorial Field as we speak and since it hasn’t yet announced the start time of the Big Green-Columbia game in week 6 that could be a night game too.
Columbia was one of the first Ivy teams to play night games, starting with the Fordham game in 2000.
But the practice has gone by the wayside since Coach Norries Wilson took over the team in 2006.
I also know that there have been some “community objections” to the later night noise associated with games under the lights, but that’s a bit dubious when the games are over no later than 9:30 or 10pm.
I’d like to see one night game each season, just to mix things up a bit.
But that’s just me.
Top 100 Moments of 2010
#73: Tigers Bearing Gifts
Columbia fans were pretty happy when the Lions took a 14-7 lead with just 48 seconds left in the first half of the Princeton game in week three.
But there was more good news to come in the very short time before the break.
After a short kickoff return to their own 37, the Tigers had 44 seconds left and they decided to try for a score.
The first play seemed to justify the decision as Princeton got a 14-yard completion to the CU 49, but it was called back on a penalty.
Two plays later lightning struck.
On 2nd and 7 from the Tiger 34, QB Tommy Wornham dumped off a short pass to Trey Peacock who was hit hard right away by Columbia’s Ross Morand. The ball popped loose and Ben Popeck grabbed it out of midair and lumbered all the way down to the Princeton seven.
The crowd at Wien Stadium went wild, but with only 17 seconds left, it was not a certainty that the Lions would be able to cash in on the turnover.
QB Sean Brackett and TE Andrew Kennedy, two eventual 2010 1st Team All Ivy players, would end all doubts about that. Brackett found Kennedy at the back of the south end zone on the very first play, giving Columbia two TD’s in just 42 seconds.