Posts Tagged ‘football’
At halftime, Coumbia football (0-5, 0-2 Ivy) is down four touchdowns to Dartmouth (2-3, 1-1 Ivy). The Big Green offense has seemingly overwhelmed the Columbia D to take its big lead.
Things didn’t start well for Columbia. After winning the toss, electing to receive, and promptly going three and out, the defense allowed a 10-play, 61-yard touchdown drive to put the Big Green up 7-0. Dartmouth wide receiver Jon Marc Carrier took in a two-yard reverse from running back Dominick Pierre over the right side for the score. More »
I’ve talked before about how, in football, each offensive play is carefully scripted to try to yield a successful result. And last week I also discussed how playing smart — a defense knowing what an offense might try, anticipating it, and stopping it before it happens — is a big part of being successful on defense.
During the Homecoming game last week against Penn, the Lions were struggling on offense for much of the game. The defense was bending, but not breaking, and had kept the score at a respectable 14-7 in the third quarter. I turned to someone standing near me and said, “The defense is going to need to force a turnover to get us back in this game.” (Because it was Homecoming, it is entirely possible that this random person had no idea what I was talking about.) The Lions did just that — defensive back Jeremy Mingo intercepted a Penn pass to cut their drive short and give the Lions the ball at the Columbia 13.
It was a chance to turn the game completely around. Unfortunately, it led to freshman quarterback Kelly Hilinski’s worst decision of the game. More »
At halftime, the football team trails 14-7 in its homecoming game.
The Lions (0-4, 0-1 Ivy) drew first blood against the defending Ivy champion Quakers (2-2, 1-0 Ivy), scoring on their third possession of the game.
First-year quarterback Kelly Hilinski connected with first-year wide receiver Cameron Dunn on a huge 46-yard pass off a flea flicker, giving Columbia a first and goal from the six.
The Light Blue wasted little time in taking advantage of the opportunity. Senior running back Marcorus Garrett punched it in on the next play, putting the home team up 7-0 with 4:02 to play in the first quarter. More »
Have you ever noticed that Columbia isn’t your typical college? We don’t dutifully attend all football games, spend 90 percent of our free time sunbathing on the quad, or live and breathe for “Meatloaf Mondays.”
We’re unique, it’s true. One of the sad but true things about Columbia is that we all individually take on a lot of commitments, making age-old traditions of our university seem… well, missable.
However, if there’s one football game Columbians are most likely to attend, it’s Homecoming. Show up prepared to see your entire school and then some. So maybe don’t paint yourself all blue—or do? Either way, Homecoming is one of the handful of events a large number of Columbians attend. Why, you may ask? Well let me break it down for you…
1. Day drinking in dorms—is there more to life?
This is one of your few moments as a young college student to wake up early and pregame in the comfort of your own room. Set your alarm early, shower, eat some carbs and begin your day of festivities.
Columbia football played its best game of the season this weekend against Lehigh, bolstered by a strong running game and a defense that forced two turnovers. Thanks to some poor planning on my part, though, I don’t have any video of this game to show you.
What I will do is break down a certain type of play — the screen pass — which is very common in football, then discuss how Columbia’s defense was able to make two big stops against Lehigh when they tried to run this play. More »
At halftime, the Lions trail Lehigh, 17-3.
The Lions offense got off to a good start on Saturday afternoon. With sophomore Trevor McDonagh under center for Columbia, the Lions put together a 69-yard drive on their first possession. Though they were unable to come away with a touchdown, senior kicker Luke Eddy drilled a 23-yard attempt to put the home team up, 3-0. More »
Last week, I looked at two plays that were rather unsuccessful. And, to be frank, the tape from this week doesn’t look much better—Columbia was unable to get the running and passing game going, managing a feeble five first downs against Princeton en route to a 53-7 defeat.
Thanks to the magic of ESPN3, I actually have a little bit more game footage to work with this week. So let’s take a look at one really successful play—Columbia’s only touchdown, which came with 1:37 to go in the first half. More »
While Princeton rolled, Columbia couldn’t get anything going offensively in the first half and is down 36-7.
First-year quarterback Kelly Hilinski came on to relieve sophomore Trevor McDonagh for the Lions with 10:08 left in the second quarter, and proved to be more effective. Hilinski hit sophomore Scooter Hollis over the middle with a pass and the wideout took it the rest of the way for a 70-yard touchdown. It was Hilinski’s first completion and touchdown of his Columbia career. That touchdown pass more than tripled the Lions’ offensive output to that point in the game. More »
Football is a confusing sport. You’ve got 22 guys running around on every play, seemingly aimlessly, and then they all crash into each other and the play ends.
In this new series, “All-22,” I hope to break down a key play or two from the most recent Columbia football game. The goal is twofold: (1) to identify some of the successes or failures in the most recent game, and (2) to simplify the game for people who may be new to football or want to understand more of what’s going on in a game.
This week, I’m going to take a look at the first two plays of the second quarter from the Lions’ 37-14 loss to Monmouth last week. I think these two plays illustrate both the team’s promise on offense — quick, simple pass plays—and the biggest issue, poor pass-blocking. More »