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Lehigh 44, Albany 14

Overall, a good win for Lehigh. Offensively it cemented Borda's hold on the QB position, and made the Lehigh faithful relax about the receiving and rushing game - as long as starters Eric Rath and Mark Borda are OK after exiting the game with bangup injuries. I haven't looked at the numbers yet, but receiving-wise it seemed like a great day for TE Adam Bergen, and WR Gerran Walker showed a flash of his speed on a long TD reception and scamper.

On defense, the team improved steadily after a slightly disappointing first half. However, in the second half the "D" made adjusments which made the unit shut things down the rest of the way.

Special teams missed a PAT, but aside from that special teams predictably had a very good day.

Overall, a good win for Lehigh, and we should see some upward mobility in the rankings with Maine and (in a bit of an upset) Colgate losing. Colgate's loss to Yale, unfortunately, will be a thorn in the side of the Patriot League in my opinion when it comes to the '1 Patriot team versus 2 Patriot teams' in the playoffs question. It makes the October 31st showdown against Colgate at Mury Goodman that much harder and that much more urgent, since Colgate and Lehigh will have to win the game if they hope to make the playoffs.

Also, next week is Holy Cross, who gave Fordham all they could handle for 4 quarters before the Rams pulled away. The Fordham game will be an interesting study for Lehigh's coaching staff to see how Holy Cross can give a team problems.

Good win. Time to prepare for the league schedule now, starting with Holy Cross at Worcester this coming Saturday.

Coming Sunday or Monday: Game Balls and Rankings.


Anonymous said…
great day for Bergen? Were you watching the game? He caught two passes. You would think an all american TE would get more catches than that. Maybe you thought it was such a good game for him because he got open so many times, but the catches were not there. As far as Borda cementing the QB position that was done when Lembo made the decision. Any other coach in the country would have pulled Borda in each of the first three games. I mean come on, as Lembo put it at the beginning of the season, "nothing is permanent and there is competition for every position every week." He then clarified himself by saying he did not want Borda "to have to play looking over his shoulder." Doesn't that last quote eliminate competion. Quite a contradiction coach. I have to detract what I said earlier though about any other coach in the country pulling Borda in each if the first three games, I was wrong. Every other coach in the country would have started last years starter that earned the position.

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