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Lehigh 28, Yale 21 - OT

Want to know what Lehigh is made of? Check this game out.

Lehigh down 21-6, a little more than 4 minutes left in the 3rd quarter. Yale has the ball after a couple of punts. How many of you were starting to jump off the bandwagon then? A Yale punt to the 18, aided further by a penalty driving us back to the 9. Thinking of packing it in?

Not these guys. 3rd and 10 - at the 9! - senior QB Mark Borda completes a 35 yard pass to senior WR Kevin Zebluim and we're on our way. Borda then moved the chains, getting into scoring position after Yale had stymied us all day. Borda then rifled a 12 yard pass to that junior WR Lee Thomas had the presence to come down with the ball. 21-13.

Lehigh's "D" then holds Yale to their 42. They punt, and Borda basically motors us down the field yet again. At 4th and 3 at the Yale 25, a pass to Zeblium falls incomplete. How many of you were thinking at that moment, just short, yet again... we're so close, yet again, just didn't have enough heart, couldn't execute well enough?

"D" forces a 3-and-out. Borda, who at this point is completely on fire, fires off 2 more completions and takes off on a running play to the 17... where he falls. His right leg is put in an air cast, and sophomore QB Sedale Threatt comes in instead. How many of you were thinking, an unproven QB can't come in and win us this game... how can he replace Borda?

One rush and two huge completions later, senior FB Greg Fay catches the biggest pass of the season. 21-19. But surely Threatt can't get the 2-point conversion?

Rollout... junior TE Pete Morelli... BAM. 21-21, tie game, and momentum.

You know what happens next. Threatt and senior RB Eric Rath simply tke over and barrel into the end zone. 28-21, Yale's turn, 4th and goal on the 7, and sophomore Julian Ahye stops junior Yale RB Jordan Spence.

You believed all along, didn't you?

Lehigh, wih their backs against the wall, got the job done. 22 unanswered points. Nobody gave up. When the chips were down, the Mountain Hawks got the job done on offense and defense. Big stops, great plays - there's a lot of great stuff to build on if you're a Lehigh fan.

I think there will be multiple game ball giveaways tomorrow. Tune in then!

Comments

Anonymous said…
Dont forget to include those players on the sideline, when you hand out game balls. I have not seen a sideline of guys so psyched up, adrenaline following, urging the crowd and the complete elation afterwards. Our sideline of players that are as capable as Sedale Threatt, if given the opportunity, were not willing to let that one slip away. After watching a vastly inferior Holy Cross team celebrate on their field, not one of the 100 plus players was willing to have a repeat. The sideline was instrumental all week in practice and at crunch time. Throw em a ball Chuck!
Anonymous said…
One of the game balls, imo, should go to punter Jason Leo. He did a magnificent job in pinning Yale deep in their end, together with great hang time for the coverage. Others are probably more obvious, but many times these 'role players' get overlooked.
--Ngineer
Anonymous said…
This will go down as one of the all time best Lehigh games.tarting at the end of the third quarter it was spellbinding. I especially liked the 2 point play where Lehigh shifted players to the right, one more player ran right, then the Qb ran ritht, the whole field was looking right, and Threatt threw left! Total deception!
Anonymous said…
I am totally confused about the game stats. I read on the internet and heard on the radio that Borda threw for 333 yards. Yet the team stats show Lehigh had 250 total yards passing. Did they have -83 yds from Threatt? What's up?

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