1) Show up mad. Big Red has used four different quarterbacks, including two freshmen, in scoring 11.5 points per game, but after last week’s Princeton debacle, Tigers dare not assume they will outclass anybody. Winless Cornell was scoreless with Harvard at the half and only one score away against co-Patriot League leader Bucknell in the fourth quarter.
|Jack Woodall '15|
2) Run. Forty-mile an-hour winds once in the forecast have been downgraded into the teens, so it won’t be a bad day to throw. But it’s never a good one when you are consistently lined up in third-and-eight situations, as Princeton has been for the last six quarters. The Senior laden interior of the Princeton offensive line – center Joe Tull, and guards Taylor Pearson and Jack Woodall – must impose their will.
3) Beat the blitz. Jared Backus, the former Princeton defensive co-coordinator, dials up a lot of confusion to mask personnel shortcomings in personnel that has given up 429 yards per game. Tigers must make the reads.
4) Force turnovers. For 0-6, the nine turnovers Cornell has suffered for the season really aren’t many. But to finish strong, the Tigers have to bust an almost season-long drought and this week would be a fine place to start. Field position could put them in trouble. Punter Chris Fraser, second in the Ivy League in average yards per punt to Princeton's Tyler Roth, has eight of more than 50 yards and has put 15 balls inside the 20.
5) Start over. Humbling can be good. Devastated, obviously, is not. Tigers still have a lot of season – and many good players – remaining.