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Columbia Lions Claw to First Win of Football Season

By Tom Liddy | November 19, 2011 5:24pm
Football player from Columbia University gets pumped.
Football player from Columbia University gets pumped.
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MANHATTAN — Maybe the marching band changed its tune.

Columbia University's football team knocked out an overtime win against Brown Saturday in a rebuke to the school's band, which changed the fight song lyrics to make fun of the team's abysmal record.

The Lions clawed back to beat Brown 35-28 at R.K. Kraft Field in Inwood in double overtime after going 0-9 to start the season.

The school's marching band made headlines earlier this week when the Columbia Spectator broke the news that the group had changed the lyrics to "Roar, Lion, Roar" at last week's game against Cornell.

Instead of the original lyrics, they sang "We always lose, lose lose; by a lot and sometimes a little," as the football team passed by on the way to the locker room, the report said.

The team was then barred from playing at the Brown game, but ultimately the university reversed its decision, the Spectator said.

“We look forward to honoring the senior class—both on the football team and in the band—and cheering the Columbia Lions on to victory,” the band said in a statement to the Spectator.

Brown was ahead after the first quarter 14-7, but Columbia surged in the fourth and overtime, allowing the school to avoid its first winless season since 1987.