Fourth-Quarter Collapse Dooms Football

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When running back Leon Ivery ran in the two-point conversion to give Columbia a 22-10 lead over Yale with only 8:32 to go, Norries Wilson’s team had to be confident about returning to .500 in the Ivy League. But Yale scored less than three minutes later, and then again with under a minute to play, to steal a 23-22 win over the Lions, and drop Columbia to 1-3 in the league, and 2-5 overall. 

Columbia played without senior running back Ray Rangel (injured against Dartmouth), and first-year quarterback Sean Brackett got the start over Millicent Olawale. Both Brackett and Ivery had stellar games filling in their first starts – Ivery ran for 131 yards, while Brackett added 83 more on the ground and threw for 180 yards and three touchdowns. But all three of Yale’s fourth quarter touchdown drives took less than three minutes, and in the end the Yale pass attack was too much for Columbia. The team is home again next week, playing league co-leaders Harvard (5-2 overall, 4-0 Ivy).

Photo: Columbia University Athletics


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