Reversal of Fortune
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Lafayette QB Ryan O'Neil and his old HS chum, Clif Pope
Top 100 Moments of 2010
#69: Bad Snaps Taketh, Bad Snaps Giveth
As we continue our chronological countdown of the key moments of the 2010 Columbia season, we now come to what I consider to be the most crucial game of last year.
The week four Lafayette game told us, and everyone else, just where the Lion strengths and weaknesses were.
For in this game, both the strenghts and the weaknesses were extremely evident.
But the initial important moment of this game was a stoke of luck.
After beginning their opening drive on their own 21, Lafayette started an impressive drive by mixing the pass and the run to get all the way down to the Columbia 20.
Every play seemed to put the Lion defense on its heels. It started with a 24 yard pass, then an 11 yard run, a four yard run, a nine yard pass, and then an 11 yard pass.
The Columbia defense just couldn't stop the Leopards.
But then in a shotgun formation, the snap flew way over Lafayette QB Ryan O'Neil's head. O'Neil made the heads up play to recover the fumble way back at the Lion 39.
The Leopards used the next two plays to resume their offensive assault, getting all the way back to the CU 15 before having to settle for a short field goal and a 3-0 lead.
But just three weeks after a long snap miscue had cost the Lions their opener against Fordham, it was nice to see the bad luck go the other way for once.