Friday, July 08, 2011

Princeton's Night Moves

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Princeton Stadium Lights

Columbia will play a night game this fall after all... just not at Dartmouth.

The Princeton website now says the October 1st Lions-Tigers game at Princeton Stadium will kick off at 6pm.

Actually, all three of Princeton's first three games at home will start at 6pm.

Columbia has played the Tigers under the lights twice, both times at Princeton Stadium.

The first night meeting came in 2001 and resulted in a brutal 41-11 drubbing by the Tigers.

In 2003, Columbia came back from a 20-0 deficit and won on a thrilling Jeff Otis-to-Wade Fletcher Hail Mary with no time left for a 33-27 win.

Top 100 Moments of 2010

#72: Stuffed Tiger

Columbia scored another quick TD on its first possession of the second half of the Princeton game to take a commanding 28-7 lead.

Then it was time for the defense to provide some drama.

After the kickoff, the Tigers took over on their 28 and immediately tried to get back into the game with a 33 yard pass completion from QB Tommy Wornham to WR Trey Peacock.

(If you've been wondering about Peacock and whether he graduated this spring, the answer is: yes he did. How Princeton's offense will be without him this fall is questionable).

Two plays later, the Tigers face a 3rd and 1 at the CU 30.

Andy Kerr was stuffed on that play by Matt Stotler for no gain setting up the 4th and 1.

On that play, Alex Gross and Adam Mehrer teamed up to force a two yard loss on a carry by Matt Zimmerman. Columbia got the ball back on downs.

(And for the record, Stotler, Gross and Mehrer have all graduated too).

The Lions were much too weak against the run in 2010, but on these two back-to-back plays against the Tigers, there was a happy exception.


At Fri Jul 08, 10:12:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jake, This night game triggered a real issue for me that we saw last year. Our team played at Cambridge and Providence in November. Both Harvard and Brown players had warm jackets on the sidelines. Our players were freezing on our sidelines. This appeared to be a substantial disadvantage particularly for our special team players and backups. When they got in they had cold, slow and numb hands and feet. Could you ask the Athletic Director or Equipment Manager why this happens? Do the coaches refuse to use them? Can the team not afford them? Is there not enough staff to bring them along on the trip? Those were cold days in November in New England and I want to see our players compete on an equal footing with the other Ivies. What's up with that?

At Fri Jul 08, 11:29:00 PM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was thinking the same thing! Why would anyone want to play a night game in some of these venues...especially late season? Football is best enjoyed in fall like temperatures. Saturday afternoon game times are perfect for the east coast.

At Sat Jul 09, 12:33:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ivy football is Saturday afternoons.

At Sat Jul 09, 01:19:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

From a fan standpoint night games can be a blast if the school hosts it properly. I do agree, especially in the Ivys, it really doesn't make much sense unless there is a TV requirement like the Penn game.


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