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Cornell 62 Columbia 41
Why Cornell Won
Big Red QB Jeff Mathews put on a passing clinic, going an incredible 40 of 46 for 521 yards, five TD's and no INT's. Cornell never let up, scoring on all but three of its possessions, not including the kneel downs at the end of each half.
Why Columbia Lost
The Lions defense had no answer for the flurry of short passes everyone in America knew they would be facing all day. And once again, Columbia came out flat in the third quarter, abandoning the quick passing attack that had earned them a first half lead.
Key Turning Point
-Leading 34-28 to start the third quarter, the Lions went three and out on their first three possessions and Cornell took over each time and scored a FG, a TD, and another TD. The game was essentially over after that.
QB Sean Brackett and WR Kurt Williams put up huge numbers, mostly in the first half. Brackett finished with 409 yards passing, and four TD passes. Williams had 12 catches for 191 yards and three TD's.
Converted DB Marquel Carter had 12 tackles from the linebacker position and he looked generally sharp.
The Lions had no answer for Mathews, save for three sacks that hardly broke his stride.
The third quarter nightmares continued as the Columbia coaches abandoned what had worked nicely in the first quarter and stalled the offense.