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Lehigh 25, Stony Brook 2

Well, this is not the result that I expected at all. But, I'll take the win.

Some thoughts on the game. First, the positives. The defense, despite giving up 289 passing yards, otherwise showed off some of their championship-caliber team. 5 interceptions by the defense, having Stony Brook QB T.J. Moriarity running for his life most of the game, and holding the Seawolves to an eye-popping (are you ready for this?) -30 yards rushing. A 30, with a MINUS in front of it. Outstanding.

Special teams, with a blocked PAT and blocked punt, were also outstanding on the coverage units. Think Neal Boozer-Gallman will be getting a game ball this week, with a blocked punt and a 98-yd interception return? Oh yes he is.

Eric Rath also did very well in his Lehigh debut, with 134 yards rushing.

Now, the areas which "need improvement". Mark Borda, to put it charitably, struggled running the offense. To be fair, he did have his moments with rushing the ball, and a couple of completions on the TD drive, ending in a TD pass to TE Adam Bergen. But take out those two completions and you have a 11 for 28 day for 128 yards and 2 interceptions. Not the coming-out party that Lehigh Football Nation wanted.

But Borda was not the only problem. WR Gerran Walker had a lot of dropped passes. The offensive trench men didn't do their job protecting the QB. And the freshman kicker McNeils missed three opportunities to put points on the board that kept the Seawolves in the game much, much, much longer that they should have been.

Basically, this was a game we should have won handily. But turnovers, sloppy offensive play, and missed FG made what should have been a laugher instead into a inadvertently exciting game.

Game balls on Monday.

Lehigh 1-0


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