FOOTBALL Lions vs. Cornell—Final score: COLUMBIA 34 – CORNELL 17
The Lions are back home at Baker today for Senior Day and the third Empire State Bowl against Cornell. The Big Red come in with an overall record of 4-4, and have gone 2-3 in the Ivy League.
The Big Red come in with a high octane passing offense that allows the team to always be in a game. Cornell’s quarterback, Jeff Mathews, by far leads the league in passing yards with 2611, and in has already broken the Big Red record for career passing yards with 7,746 in his junior season. Limiting him will be key of the Lions are to win today.
It’s the Lions last home game, and there’s a lot on the line after the blowout against Harvard last week. You can check out our three keys to the game after the jump, and follow all the action on Twitter @CUSpecSports.
1. Pressure the quarterback
One of the best ways to disrupt a quarterback’s timing is to hit him and jam the wide receivers at the line of scrimmage. The entire Lions defense will have a tough job today, and the front seven and secondary will have to work together in order to stop Cornell’s prolific passing offense.
2. Control the clock
Stopping the Cornell defense is also on the Lions offense, as they’ll need to maintain a strong time of possession to keep the ball out of Mathews’ hands. Cornell ranks dead last in the league in passing, rushing, and overall defense, so look for junior running back Marcorus Garrett to have a strong day running the ball.
3. Send the seniors off right
After last week’s blowout loss to Harvard, it’s important for the Lions to come back home and end the season right. The Light Blue have had a tough season, but do have a good chance to win today if they execute their game plan.
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