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Lehigh/Bucknell Game Balls; Weekend Recap

Only one writeup I could find online, as the Morning Call surprisingly didn't have a writeup of the game, and the Brown and White website was down:

Borda, Hawks Stay Hot


"I'm just happy that we won," said Borda, a former Bethlehem Catholic star who connected on five touchdown throws for the second time in three games. "I think I had an OK day. It was good to win this game."

"We'll see," said Borda, whose big numbers give him a chance to win the Patriot League's Offensive Player of the Week for the third consecutive game. "Mental preparation is just starting right now. It's just a big week."

"I think our assistant coaches did a phenomenal job of preparing the kids for this game," Lembo said. "Going in Shannon (defensive coordinator Shannon Morrison) was a little bit more concerned about their package than he has been in previous weeks. Bucknell had outscored opponents 42-10 in the first quarter. We shut them out in the first quarter."

"That didn't stop an angry Lehigh coach Pete Lembo from smacking his team with an obscenity-laced tirade afterward, but it did set up next weekend's monster showdown between the Patriot League's top two powers.

"This is where you want to be, heading into November playing meaningful football games," said Lembo, who meekly insisted he was just sharing some thoughts with his team just after his booming voice shook the walls inside Lehigh's locker room. "I'm happy that we got a win. I'm happy that we're 6-1. I'm happy that we're undefeated in the league.

"I should probably be a little happier than I am."

"Smacking his team with an obscenity-laced tirade." Nice writing.

Game Balls
New policy: 3 game balls each week go to the offense and defense; and 1 game ball goes to the special-teams differencemaker.
This week's Game Balls go to:
Junior QB Mark Borda (23-30, 385 yards passing, 5 TDs)
Junior WR Gerran Walker (183 all-purpose yards, 1 TD)
Senior WR Adam Kovacs (108 yards receiving, 2 TDs)
Junior DB Andrew Nelson (8 tackles, 3 sacks)
Senior SS Karrie Ford (6 tackles, 1 forced fumble)
Senior OLB Jason Murray (4 tackles, 1 pass defensed, 1 1/2 sacks)
Special Teams:
Senior P Kyle Keating (2 punts, 52 yards average)

Weekend Pick Recap
My best week of the season - by far. I was an amazing 16-3! Thanks to New Hampshire, Harvard, Maine, Sam Houston St., Cal Poly, Southern Illinois, Villanova, James Madison, Montana St. and Southern Utah!

Really right:
Lehigh/Bucknell. Predicted score: Lehigh 41, Bucknell 9. Real score: Lehigh 40, Bucknell 17. I saw this as a blowout, and eventually it was. Scarily, had Lehigh not played so sloppy, it could have been an even bigger blowout.

Appalachian St./Wofford. Predicted score: App. St. 31, Wofford 17. Real score: App St. 38, Wofford 17. I thought App St. would bounce back after their humiliation at Statesboro, and I was right.

Georgetown/Monmouth. Predicted score: Monmouth 31, G'town 10. Real score: Monmouth 27, G'town 10. Monmouth could be the best mid-major in 1-AA, and G'Town had been struggling.

Kinda right:
Delaware/William & Mary. I thought it would be more of a defensive game, but Delaware pulled out the "W" for me in the final minutes. I had Delaware by 2 points. I'll take it!

Colgate/Holy Cross. I thought Holy Cross would make more of a game of things with their rushing game, but it wasn't meant to be. The Raiders finally had that breakout game everyone expected. Still, predictably, I had Colgate winning.

Should have been right:
Hampton/South Carolina St. If it wasn't for 4 turnovers for touchdowns for Hampton (that's not a typo), SC St. would have been more of a match for Hampton. 4 turnovers returned for TDs! That has to be some sort of record.

Was I ever wrong!
Lafayette/Fordham. Fordham is definitely not the same team of a couple years ago. Lafayette ran the ball right down their throats and won the game resoundingly. Lafayette? For real? We have to say they are.

Penn/Yale. Yale, although only losing 17-7, were never really in this game as Penn sucked the life out of Yale's attack with two long second-half drives. Picking against Penn in the Ivy is kind of like picking against the Harlem Globetrotters. Something I should have remembered, don't you think?

Tomorrow: Polls; Leopard watch?; Hyping up the "Patriot League Championship Game", Lehigh vs. Colgate


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