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Lehigh 33, Delaware 34, final


Missed XP. Hard to tell if it was shanked or blocked - I say blocked.

We had this game in our hands. We were up by 2 TDs - twice! - in the 4th quarter. But our weary defensive front seven gave up 3 TDs and the game was tied. Delaware kicked it into another gear I didn't think they had. I think a full-strength Matt Purdy might have helped.

And in OT, in one of the most incredible drives *ever*, Borda was getting drilled every play and still standing after getting hit. He may have been concussed. And then Rath, who clearly said "Give the ball to me" after the timeout, went out there and got an incredible 4th down conversion, and took incredible punishment to convert the TD.

And then, sad to say, the blocked XP.

What can be said? I felt that Delaware was getting away with murder most of the game, though not in the biggest drives that counted. Missed holding, missed facemasks, incredible spots, the phantom fumble. Lehigh poured their blood out there trying to get this win. And they were good enough to get it. As tired as they were, they had it. THEY HAD IT.

Oh man. It's going to take me 2 weeks to get this out of my system. The last game in 2004, we lose a 1-point heartbreaker to James Madison, and now this. I hope we get another opportunity to play an A-10 team this year. I hope. We had them.

More tomorrow or (more likely) Monday.


Anonymous said…
Maybe the college rule is different than the NFL, but wasn't that helmet to helmet shot on Borda an infraction? It was an obvious intent to injure situation. Along with the facemasks and late hits I can see why Delaware is despised up and down the East Coast. They are a dirty, dirty team.
Anonymous said…
Another hard fought Lehigh-Delaware game with no love lost between the teams. Glad to be on the winning end. Regarding the last posting - don't you know the winning team is always the dirty team?
Anonymous said…
Disgusting officiating! Same as last years A10 refs against JMU. In this instance the clear better team lost. Too bad the chicks from Delaware cabt see their way to Bethlehem for what would have amounted to a rout. Delaware is nothing.
Anonymous said…
Yeah, that's it. Lehigh lost because of the officiating.
Anonymous said…
Ok, who's typing these posts for the Delaware fan?
Anonymous said…
Stop the crying, Lehigh. Our guys played their hearts out and lost because of missed opportunities an mistakes they made. This game did not turn on any officiating. Had Lehigh executed more often, they would have won going away. Biggest turning point, and there alot, was allowing UD to come right back and score quickly after LU was up 27-13. That was the time to take the game by the throat, and we didn't. LU got banged up and certainly missed Nelson and later Thomas on the corners, and Walker in the fourth quarter. But that was one exciting football game, and hopefully we get a rematch in December. But in the meantime, quit crying--you're messing up Lehigh's image. Stand tall. We went toe to toe, in the Tub, of all places. Be proud of the Brown and White. With some healing, physically and psychologically, this can still be one hell of a year.

Anonymous said…
From a JMU alumnus. I check out this site ever so often since the JMU/Lehigh game from last year. JMU lost a tough one yesterday also to Coastal Carolina. Couple of costly mistakes killed them and they had a 10 point lead going into 4th Quarter. Regardless, was pulling for Lehigh against Delaware. Lehigh is a 1st class football program and is what makes Division 1AA so special. You all will recover. Sometimes a lost like this is what builds upon a championship season. Dukes lost 2nd game last year. All I say is I would hate to be any team to meet Lehigh in the season or maybe future playoffs. Best of luck
Anonymous said…
Incredible spots? I saw Lehigh get some "phantom spots" including one that gave them a first down. IF the spots gave any edge to anyone, it wasn't Delaware.

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