I watched our team play the way I envisioned it over the final three quarters of last weekend’s game against Brown. I saw toughness, I saw playmakers, I saw an engaged sideline, I saw emotion. I watched as we clawed back from a 25-point first half deficit to get within 10 with almost a full quarter to play. It was the final 45 minutes of football last Saturday where I saw the vision for how we play starting to become a reality.
Unfortunately, a game is 60 minutes, and we can’t take away the first 15 where our mistakes – both physical and mental – allowed us to fall in a hole that was insurmountable. I talked last week about being the team that never stops digging ourselves out of a hole. We’ll never stop, we’ll continue moving forward, because that’s who we are. That’s what this team is made of – true character and grit. But we need to avoid falling in the hole in the first place.
In every game this season, we’ve made our share of plays, and in a number of them we’ve made enough plays to win the game. Unfortunately, we haven’t put a full 60 minutes together in all three phases. Some weeks we’ve seen great play from the offense, other weeks the defense has kept us in games. The special teams have had some bright spots, and other times they’ve struggled. When we are able to sustain our play for four quarters, we’ll be tough to beat.
The next two weeks we face two of the league’s best in front of national television audiences, more great opportunities to challenge ourselves in the light of day (and at Dartmouth, in the dark of night). The Princeton series has been especially memorable over the years, and we’re set to write another chapter when we head there for Saturday’s 3:30 pm Halloween kickoff on American Sports Network. You can find what station locally is carrying the game by putting your zip code into the ASN website. http://americansportsnet.com/schedule/.
The game will also be available live on the Ivy League Digital Network.
I hope you’ll be able to watch the game this weekend and have plans to return to Schoellkopf Field in two weeks to honor our tremendous senior class as we play Columbia for the Empire State Bowl. Thanks for your continued and unwavering support as we continue to grow Cornell football! Go Big Red!
David J. Archer 05′
The Roger J. Weiss ’61
Head Coach of Football