Lehigh left all their blood and spit on the field last night. We were without our starting cornerbacks, a top linebacker not at 100%, and defensive linemen banged up and bruised. Our top receiver was out. Yet we went into one of the toughest places to play in all of I-AA and were Delaware's equal the entire game. It is bitter; it is tough to swallow; but we can't forget that.
Someone ought to make a tape of the OT drive that resulted in the Lehigh TD, the one where senior RB Eric "TNT" Rath somehow managed to stretch and convert the 4th-and-2 for the first down, and found the drive to barrel around left and right for the TD - all the while when (I believe) Borda was concussed after receiving that (illegal?) helmet-to-helmet hit. We should play that before every game. That drive, more than any other, should typefy Lehigh football.
Yes, "TNT" is Rath's new nickname. Don't remember where I heard it, but it's perfect. You heard it here first. I won't do a full digest, but enough is below.
Finally, ngineer, K.C. Keeler and everyone else is right. We gotta do this again.
(Thanks to Any Given Saturday, and ngineer.)
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"I'm very confident that this team is resilient enough to recover emotionally from this, but we were getting quite banged up physically," Lehigh coach Pete Lembo said. "They'll walk out of this with their heads up. I think we saw tonight that we can be a pretty good football team if we make some plays."
"Unfortunately, when the pace picked up, we were running out of bodies," Lembo said. "Our receiving corps got pretty banged up in the fourth quarter and late in the third."
"I thought our defense had a heck of a day, but they may have gotten tired and Delaware seemed to start finding things late," Lehigh quarterback Mark Borda said. "Still, it was a great experience. I had fun out there tonight. The final result is very disappointing, but the experience of the crowd and this atmosphere was phenomenal."