Gone to the Dogs
Like the new Campbell Center, Columbia's season is still under construction
Albany 44 Columbia 21
Why Albany Won
The Great Danes found Columbia's weaknesses early and exploited them. Albany's screen pass heavy offense burned the Lions time after time. Meanwhile the defense won the battle at the line of scrimmage even when it was not in blitz mode.
Why Columbia Lost
The Lions turned the ball over four times, couldn't get a consistent running game going, and missed tackle after tackle on defense. And for the second straight week, Columbia did not get the performance it needed from QB Sean Brackett.
Key Turning Points
-With the score tied 7-7 late in the first quarter, Albany began a long march down the field aided mainly by tremendous play out of the wildcat formation by Drew Smith. Columbia failed to tackle him properly and then it got contagious. Omar Osbourne finished the drive blowing through tackles on 17 yard TD run.
-Now trailing 14-7, Columbia tried a fake punt on a 4th and 4 from their own 47. But a bad snap killed the gambit and Albany took over on downs. Four plays later, it was 21-7.
-Trailing 24-14 in the third, the Lions were on a promising drive when on 3rd and 10 from his own 45, Brackett threw a bad interception to the Albany 41. Four plays later it was 31-14.
-Not many. But the electric energy RB Nick Gerst did inject into the Lions when he did get into the game was encouraging. Gerst finished with 56 yards on nine carries with a TD. If he can get 100% healthy for the Princeton game, there's hope.
-Freshman Connor Nelligan's heads up play to scoop up Albany's bonehead fumbled INT and take it in for a TD was just a miraculous moment. I'm sure most of us have never seen a Hail Mary turn out like that!
-Without Gerst, the running game was still inept. All the other ball carriers combined rushed the ball 31 times for a grand total of 62 yards.
-After stuffing the rush last week at Fordham, the Lions had no answers today. Albany gained 216 yards on the ground and averaged almost six yards a carry.
-Sean Brackett was still a bit out of sync. He did completed fewer than 50% of his passes, fumbled the ball away twice and had two interceptions.
-Already trailing 44-14, the coaches still left #1 WR Mike Stephens in the game to return kickoffs. Sure enough, he came up limping after his last kick return.
Despite limited duty, I have to give this one to Nick Gerst.