Sunday, July 10, 2011

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.


At Sun Jul 10, 10:28:00 PM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It was nice nevertheless to watch this game with a neighbor in Vermont who was same year grad of Lafayette. Having suffered the year before, I gloated with each of the six TDs we scored that day.

Chen 82

At Sun Jul 10, 10:53:00 PM GMT+7, Blogger Jake said...

Chen, yes it was a fun win. It showed all Columbia could do offensively... But it also showed all our defensive weaknesses. Penn was watching that day and they exploited us mightily the following week. Then Dartmouth, Yale and Harvard followed suit.

At Mon Jul 11, 07:05:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You are certainly right about our weaknesses, Jake. As this season approaches, we can only hope that Wilson and crew have addressed this run defense problem in a fashion similar to how they fixed the previous kicking game problem.

New DC, moving to a 3-4, Childress transfer and hopefully some underclassman/Fraser coming least there is some sign of action/change.

Chen 82

At Mon Jul 11, 12:37:00 PM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

And I must also thank you Jake for this site....having now relocated to HK for work, this site is my main connection with Columbia football and inside scoops from you and all of the posters. Don't know what I am gonna do this Fall without the ability to attend games!!!

Chen 82

At Mon Jul 11, 09:19:00 PM GMT+7, Blogger dabull said...

Chen you can catch almost all games on the web home or away and listening to Jerry Recco makes you feel close to home no matter how far you are


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