Two years ago, I blogged about Columbia's ascendancy under Coach Norries Wilson and Columbia's loss to Yale 31-28 at the Bowl after trailing 31-7 at the end of the first half.
Wilson is gone replaced by Pete Mangurian who has experience as an assistant with five N.F.L. teams
Yesterday at Wien Stadium, Columbia (2-6, 1-4 Ivy League) snapped a five game losing streak to beat Yale 26-22--their first win over the Bulldogs in 9 years.
Sean Brackett the Lions quarterback who was 16-35 two years ago turned in his best performance of the year by completing 33 of 47 passes for 328 yards; this included a two yard touchdown pass to Marcorus Garrett with 45 seconds on the clock.
With both of its quarterbacks sidelined because of injuries, Yale (2-5, 1-3 Ivy League) was playing with Tyler Varga, its star tailback in the QB position. Varga rushed for a career high of 220 yards including three touchdowns.
In each of its three prior games, the Lions had blown a fourth quarter lead. It appeared they were headed for a repeat performance. With just over 2 minutes remaining, Yale was in possession and leading 22-19.
However, Vargas fumbled with 2:05 left.
The Lions marched downfield and the rest was history.
Great job Lions!