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Columbia edges Brown 35-28 in 2 OT thriller

November 19, 2011

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NEW YORK—Sean Brackett threw a touchdown pass and ran for a score in overtime, and the Columbia defense stopped Brown on a goal line stand to win a 35-28 game in double-overtime for the Lions' first win of the season in its last game Saturday.

After Brackett's 14-yard touchdown to Hamilton Garner sent it to a second overtime tied at 28-all, Columbia (1-9, 1-6 Ivy League) got the ball first. On Columbia's third play, Brackett ran it in from 16 yards out.

On Brown's seventh play of its possession in the second overtime, Kyle Newhall-Caballero completed a 6-yard pass to Tellef Lundevall on fourth-and-4 to set up first-and-goal at the 3.

But the Lions held Brown (7-3, 4-3) to a Newhall-Caballero incompletion, a 2-yard quarterback keeper and two rushes for no gain for the win.

Brackett had four rushing touchdowns and 62 yards, while throwing for a score and 139 yards.

The victory was Columbia's first in an overtime game since a 20-19 win over Penn in 1996.

The win snapped a 10-game losing streak for the Lions, and helped avoid what would have been Columbia's first 0-10 season since 1987. It was a skid that garnered national attention after the school's marching band mocked the team during last week's 62-41 loss to Cornell.

During that game, the Columbia band, which bills itself as the "Cleverest Band in the World," used lyrics to the effect of, "Why do we even try, we always lose," in a parody of "Roar, Lion, Roar," which urges the Lions to "wake the echoes of the Hudson Valley" and "fight on to victory evermore."

According to the Columbia Spectator, the alternate lyrics also included: "We always lose, lose, lose; by a lot, and sometimes by a little."

Earlier in the week, the school barred the band from the game only to retract the penalty.

The band, whose manager apologized Thursday, tweeted Friday: "We're back, baby. The Band is grateful that it will be able to honor its seniors and cheer for the Lions this Saturday."

They got the opportunity today, thanks to Brackett and company.