Blue Squad Outlasts Whites, 14-7, In Football Scrimmage
Courtesy: Columbia University Athletics/Gene Boyars

NEW YORK -- The Blue team held off a late surge on the White's final possession to win the Lions' annual intrasquad spring game, 14-7, on Robert K. Kraft Field at Lawrence A. Wien Stadium. Pete Stoll rushed six yards for what proved to be the game-winning touchdown with 39 seconds left on the clock in the third quarter.

The game, which pitted the first-team offense Blues vs. the first-team defense Whites, had the defensive linemen doing double duty playing for both teams.

Whites' running back Jordan Davis and Blues' quarterback M.A. Olawale dueled for top rushing honors for the day, with Davis carrying 22 times for 110 yards, and Olawale rushing 11 times for 82 yards. Running back Ray Rangel added 68 yards on 19 carries for the Blues.

The Blues had the only score of the first half when Olawale completed a five-yard touchdown pass to Austin Knowlin in the back of the end zone for a 7-0 lead early in the second quarter. Two plays earlier, the Blues appeared to get on the board when offensive lineman Mike Brune carried an Olawale pass 13 yards over the goalline, but was subsequently declared ineligible, erasing the TD and resutling in a five-yard penalty.

The Whites evened the score in the third quarter when Cody Steele caught a six-yard touchdown pass from first-year quarterback Cory Clare, who split time at QB with classmate Paul Havas for much of the half. Jordan Davis helped account for 75 yards on the first two plays of the three-play, 81-yard drive. Davis rushed up the right sideline 46 yards before being hauled down by Craig Hamilton, who also had an interception in the end zone in the game. On the next play after his run, Davis took a handoff from Clare, ran right, and threw to Jason Pyles for a 29-yard gain to the Blues' six, setting up the TD pass to Steele.

Stoll's game-winning score came on the next possession. Knowlin got things rolling with an 18-yard rush on a reverse, and Olawale hit Rangel for a 23-yard completion on a screen pass three plays later. Olawale rushed for 11 yards on first down, moving the ball to the Whites' six-yard line.

In the fourth quarter, the Blues started a possession with 6:20 showing in a half in which the clock was running. Olawale had a 21-yard keeper to the Whites' 40, but Matt Stotler stopped Rangel for a two-yard loss and Lou Miller sacked Olawale, forcing a Blue punt. Jon Rocholl, who had a 55-yard punt earlier in the afternoon, booted the ball deep in White territory, and Josh A. Williams downed the ball at the two, leaving 98 yards and less than two minutes of running clock for the Whites.

Havas proceeded to toss a 35-yard completion to Pyles, then kept the ball for a 12-yard rush to the White 49. After an incomplete pass, he threw a 14-yard completion to Pyles, who lateraled to Davis for another three yards before he was brought down and time expired.

Havas finished 8-of-18 for 94 yards and an interception, while Clare was 7-of-12 for 40 yards and a TD. Olawale was 13-of-25 for 101 yards, a touchdown and an interception, picked off by Andy Shalbrack.

The 2007 Ivy League Rookie of the Year Alex Gross led all tacklers with 10, and fellow first-year Marc Holloway had seven. Phil Mitchell had a fumble recovery.

Columbia opens its 2008 campaign Saturday, September 20 at home vs. Fordham for the Liberty Cup.