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One of the things I urged the Columbia coaches to do before the Penn game was to do something different.
We may not have liked the way things turned out in the end, but there were some glimmers of hope in the way of new weapons the coaches chose to use in the game and I don't want to go without acknowledging them.
-The opening drive of the third quarter was a thing of beauty, using the middle of the field for pass play after pass play to great result. Sophomores Louis DiNovo and Hamilton Garner distinguished themselves as new weapons.
-The tackling was much, much better across the board. Whatever Columbia did differently to get that result was the right way to go.
-Letting QB Sean Brackett take off and run on a few more plays was also the right call, especially late in the game.
-Homecoming attendance was about 9,100. Compare that to Homecoming at Brown, where they just broke 5,200. Again, what Head Coach Phil Estes can do with that little fan and alumni support up there is amazing. Kudos to our fans. Kudos to Estes. Boo on the Brown "fans."
For all of the above points, it would have been great to see more of each. More slants in the middle of the field, more Brackett scrambles, etc.
TV on Saturday?
Despite some rumors to the contrary, FOX College Sports Atlantic will NOT be broadcasting the Columbia-Dartmouth game this coming Saturday. Stand by for any news about another network picking up the game.
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