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Columbia Still Winless After Blowout Loss to Princeton


The Columbia Lions seem to not be able to catch a break. Columbia dropped it’s Ivy League opener to Princeton,  48-13 on Saturday. 

The 35-point loss was unusual and out of character of Columbia football under coach Al Bagnoli, as the Lions have played mostly competitive games since he took over in 2015. Eight of Columbia’s last 11 losses have come by 10 points or less. Princeton’s 48 points were the most Columbia has yielded to an opponent since Monmouth scored 61 points vs. the Lions on Oct. 11, 2014.

With the win, Princeton moves to 2-1 and Columbia falls to 0-3.

Princeton roasted the Lions defense for over 437 yards. Columbia’s defense entered the game ranked No. 11 nationally in total defense, No. 5 in scoring defense, No. 3 in passing yards allowed and No. 1 in first downs defense. Nothing was working as Princeton was just moving the ball and chains at will.

The only thing Columbia did right was unveiled their new blue Nike uniforms. The Nike uniform consist of a rich blue jersey and blue pants.

Princeton’s quarterback Chad Kanoff completed 21 of 25 passes for 230 yards and three touchdowns, while John Lovett rushed for three touchdowns on eight carries and 50 yards and completed five of eight passes for 59 yards and a touchdown.

The Good Takes For Columbia

Anders Hill threw for 215 yards on 13 completions and  the freshman Josh Wainwright caught three passes for 97 yards. Wainwright caught his first career touchdown pass in the fourth quarter when Hill found him open down the middle of the field and he raced into the end zone for an 88-yard touchdown. Wainwright first TD marked the longest play from scrimmage for the Lions in the last ten seasons.

The Lions will look to get that illusive first win next Saturday at Wagner.

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