The Key 5
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With senior Jeff Adams hurting, an amazing four freshmen have cracked the two-deep on the offensive line, albeit all of them as backups.
Although he limped off the field late last weekend, senior co-captain Mike Stephens is listed as the starter.
The Harvard Rivalry
It's never really seemed like Columbia and Harvard have had much "bad blood" between them in football.
But over the last 20 years, there have been a few games that really kicked up the drama when the Lions and Crimson squared off.
Here are the 5 most important Columbia-Harvard games from a Columbia fan's point of view since 1991:
1994: Harvard 39 Columbia 32
The Lions almost ruined Tin Murphy's debut as Harvard's head coach with a furious comeback from a 28-10 deficit.
But the Crimson rallied to score a TD with just 21 seconds left.
Columbia actually righted their ship after that loss and put together its first winning season in 23 years.
Harvard mostly struggled as it took a few years for Murphy to get his bearings in Cambridge.
1995: Columbia 28 Harvard 24
After 16 straight losses to the Crimson, Columbia finally broke through with a clutch win at Harvard Stadium.
QB Mike Cavanaugh starred with some key passes and even more clutch runs. On the final winning drive alone, Cavanaugh had four rushes for 41 yards. Four of those yards came on a key 4th and 2 on the Harvard 28 when everyone ih the stadium knew Cavanaugh was going to run with it anyway.
1996: Columbia 20 Harvard 13 (OT)
A true thriller at Wien Stadium with the Lions coming back from a 13-0 halftime deficit and then forced OT when Marcellus Wiley blocked what would have been a chip shot FG late in the final moments of regulation.
It was Columbia's first win of its remarkable 8-2 '96 season.
1998: Columbia 24 Harvard 0
The Lions decided to make their season opener Homecoming and they made it count with
an incredibly dominant performance.
Another note: this was all-time Columbia leading rusher Johnathan Reese's debut and he had 72 yards on 11 carries.
2003: Columbia 16 Harvard 13
With Harvard and future NFL QB Ryan Fitzpatrick out, Columbia eked out a win thanks to back-to-back interceptions by sophomore DB Prosper Nwokocha.