The Brown Factor
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As tough as Brown will be as a final opponent, (and final chance to avoid the first 0-10 season at CU since 1987), Columbia's recent history against the Bears has been encouraging, as long as the game is played on Kraft Field.
In 2007, Columbia went 1-9 and 0-7 in the Ivies. But the Lions played perhaps their best game overall against a rising Brown team at Wien Stadium. The 30-22 loss came after a furious comeback by Columbia fell just short.
In 2009, the Lions played their best game in many years as they beat the high-flying Bears 28-14. That was the game where then-freshman QB Sean Brackett ran for 171 yards and threw for 151 more.
Going a little further back, the 1998 game at Wien Stadium was another surprising game as Brown came in with a super high powered offense and a chance to win the Ivy title.
But the game turned into a defensive battle that the Bears won 10-3 after a late fourth down pass by CU was intercepted in the end zone.
In all three games, Columbia came in as a prohibitive underdog.
Senior Tributes (continued)
Chao has been one of the hardest workers on this Lions team the last four years. The Illinois product has some of the best fundamentals of any running back we've seen in a long while. Definitely has some fans who read this site who would have loved to see him get more carries or start a game or two.
Lion fans are hoping he decides to take a fifth year, but even if he doesn't, Fraser has been a major contributor as long as he's been on the field. Of course his best year was his freshman season when he was named a 2nd Team All Ivy. Incredibly fast for a defensive lineman, one can only imagine what kind of impact Fraser would have had if he had not been injured in that fateful 2009 season opener at Fordham.
The Michigan native Groth made his biggest impact in his sophomore year of 2009, but he was good enough to get decent playing time as a freshman as well. He has continued to be that "big body" the team desperately needs on the D-line.
It's been especially gratifying to see this DB/LB from New Jersey finally get some real varsity playing time this season. It's been even better seeing him get 16 tackles, one of them for a loss. If ever there was proof that patience is a virtue, Haslett is it. I think Ryan will be one of those graduates we hear a lot from in the future.
The co-captian Hauschildt has excelled in the classroom and on the field for four years. When healthy, he and Jeff Adams created a wall on that left side of the O-line to make their mutual home state of Illinois proud! Considered by many to be the smartest player on the team. (Psst... Morgan Stanley: hire this guy NOW!)