In a game of inches, Columbia used every inch of the field and every facet of their game plan to produce a 10-9 win over Marist in the 2012 season and home opener at Robert K. Kraft Field on Saturday, September 15. Each phase of the game contributed to the win - just the way Coach Mangurian envisioned from the very first press conference.
While the offense needed a half to get their legs underneath them, the defense executed a well-organized scheme - complete with a couple of spectacular plays - to keep Columbia within striking distance.
Trailing by a field goal to start the second half, Columbia opened the third with a steady drive for a touchdown to take the lead. Along the way, upperclassmen and underclassmen combined to make plays when they were needed.
Marist tried to gain momentum on the ensuing kickoff and special teams stepped in with a big tackle by Vinny Pugliese, to thwart a big return.
You can point to a number of individul plays that were memorable. The goal-line stance, forced fumble and fumble recovery saved the lead, while a 58-yard punt kept Marist at bay. A tough ground attack with Marcorus Garrett's first-ever 100+ yard game provided the offense, and Wells Childress' fingertips batting down a PAT ensured the win.
The defensive line dominated and the linebackers held their own, with Zach Olinger earning Ivy League Defensive Player of the Week honors.
Multiple plays, multiple players, one goal and the desired outcome - a team win.
The team is on to the next opponent, but the goal remains the same - WIN, together.