NEW YORK – Senior defensive back Calvin Otis was honored as one of the Defensive Back Performers of the Week by CollegeFootballPerformance.com, the wesbite announced Monday.
Otis had a pair of fourth-quarter interceptions and seven tackles, including six solo stops, in Columbia's 24-10 win over Towson on Saturday.
Both of Otis' interceptions came late in the game when Towson was in Columbia territory. The first came after the Lions had just taken a 21-10 lead early in the fourth quarter. After Towson's Chris Hart connected with Hakeem Moore on a 25-yard catch, Otis picked off Hart's next pass at the Lions' nine-yard line to stall the drive.
Later in the game, with Columbia ahead 24-10, Otis again picked off a pass in the Columbia end zone, essentially sealing the victory for the Lions at the 1:24 mark in the fourth quarter.
The two interceptions were part of a monster defensive effort for Columbia on Saturday. The Lions held Towson to just 3.1 yards per carry and sacked Towson's quarterbacks four times.
Senior linebacker Alex Gross had 12 tackles for Columbia and sophomore defensive end Josh Martin had a breakout game with six tackles, two for a loss, three sacks and four quarterback hurries. The combined defensive effort helped limit Towson to just four third down conversions on 11 chances.
Columbia is back in action this Saturday, October 2 at 12:30 p.m. when the Lions will host Princeton in their Ivy League opener at Robert K. Kraft Field. Tickets are available online, by calling 888-LIONS-11 or by visiting the athletics ticket office in the Dodge Physical Fitness Center.