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Lehigh 49, Harvard 24, final

A great game for Lehigh. The story of this game is the 3rd quarter where Lehigh took 2 consecutive Harvard turnovers into TDs, thus putting the game out of reach at that point. Throw out the meaningless TD by Harvard late in the game, Lehigh simply dominated the 3rd quarter, and you knew when Murphy yanked O'Hagan to start the 4th quarter he was basically throwing in the towel.

"Graz" always seems to play well, but when it's a big game he really turns it up a notch. Every Harvard play he seemed to be either in on the tackle or around the ball, and his 2 INTs were huge. If he had an 18 tackle day I wouldn't be surprised. He's a lock for a game ball.

Borda, after a tough first half, really came back in the second and got the job done. I was impressed how he shrugged off the early problems and took over, with zip on his passes, good decisions and 2 nice TD runs.

This has definitely been the closest Lehigh has come this year to a "perfect game". That 3rd quarter showed what Lehigh football can be in 2005. Aggressive defense which created turnovers. "Offense with a scalpel" as Borda, "TNT" Rath, Thompson and the whole receiving crew surgically pick apart a defense. Solid special teams returns all day, without exception. Not "perfect", but the best execution all year.

Now, as the league slate starts, the games are even more meaningful, and Holy Cross looks to be an upstart team that may not be an easy "W". Holy Cross/Yale appears to be going to the wire, while Lafayette/G'Town is surprisingly close at half. Games to watch!

More tomorrow. Great win by the Hawks today.

Comments

fxrer said…
“perfect”? Not! Giving up 477 yards hardly falls into the category of perfect defense. Sure, Graz & Co. did a great job of stopping their stud back, Dawson. But the Hawk’s secondary looks befuddled at times. In the 4th quarter, even though Lehigh had a comfortable lead, the backup Harvard QB was completing passes at will, gaining huge chunks of yardage. The receiver on his TD pass was so wide open on the play it seemed like the defenders must have fallen down?

The coverage was so bad, I thought that Coach Lembo must have been playing the 3rd stringers, until the announcers noted that Lehigh’s starting defense was still in the game.

The secondary had better tighten up, or Lehigh will be forced to score 50 points a game!
Anonymous said…
FXRER is drinking again? I thought he had been of the sauce for a while. The secondary was superb. 5 interceptions? Coach opted to zone on occasion with a comfortable lead. Understand the game squeak...nonner. When is the last time you strapped those pads on fxrer, oh thats right, that would be never. Stay home next week, the boys don't need the typical dissatisfied with a 24 point win over a very potent offense non fan. I listened to the fans in the stands after the win. You're not alone, the best coaches are apparently in the stands. In fact, there are probably a few that have beaten top 15 teams by more than three touchdowns. Get a grip fxrer, noone wants to hear your lame analysis.
Anonymous said…
oh and by the way fxrer the third stringers, as you degrade them, could start for 90% of the 1AA teams in the country and they certainly would like to have you over to the frat house after the game to discuss it Im sure. You are a loser.
Scott Martin LU '78 said…
Hey Anonymous - you seem so informed about the game that no one else is "smart" enough to have an opinion. You so readily tag contributors as a "loser"...lets have some of your credentials....who did you play for? Way to hide behind your comments.
Enjoy the Blog, allow others to enjoy it, without feeling guilty for having an opinion.
Mike Caputo LU '74 said…
Good for you Scott!!! I am sick to death of this "You never played, so you know nothing" refrain I run into on sports websites. And like you said, the accusers are most likely the ones that have never even played competitive mini-golf.

I've been concerned about the secondary as well as the defensive line from Game One. Pass coverage has been mediocre throughout the season in part because the line hasn't brought enough pressure up the middle. True, the secondary is banged-up and inexperienced, but helping out with double coverage in some situations might cover-up these liabilities. Watching the replays of last week's game only demonstrates that the Harvard QB made some horrible throws - nowhere near his receivers.

The constant coaching carousel on the defensive side can't be helping either. I expect things will improve as the weeks go by, but I think you are justified in feeling concerned.
Anonymous said…
Hi Scott and hi Mike, glad you guys stuck together on that. Are you married? I think its legalized in Pa. Dress up Party at Fxrers house Saturday night woohoo, bring your high heels

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