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Lehigh's season is over; Lafayette's and Colgate's are still on

Don't know if you know, but both Colgate and Lafayette are in the I-AA playoffs today.

Lafayette will be travelling to Boone, NC to play Appalachian St.

Colgate will be travelling to Durham, NH to play New Hampshire.

Lehigh's "bubble" is officially burst. I didn't think Lehigh would make it, but until the picks are actually made, there was always some hope. It's now officially time to wait for next year.

"The Game" still hurts. It hurts, it hurts, it hurts. If I took away from Lafayette's determination to put themselves in a position to win, I apoligize. Let me be the first to say that Lafayette deserved the win. They put themselves in a position to make a play to win the game, and they did. Lehigh did not. And two things stand out on Lafayette's team on their play this Saturday. Jonathan Hurt played a whale of a game - he deserved the MVP probably before the miracle catch, but he stepped up in an huge way.

Second, the Lafayette linebacking corps played like champions. Witherspoon, Bennett, and Costanzo are great linebackers, and they gave Lehigh's offense fits all day. Full credit to them. They brought it to our offense, averaging 40 points a game, and held us to a paltry 19, including 4 FGs.

That out to answer some critics that are saying that I'm not giving Lafayette their props. They do. They won, and they get a huge reward - they play in the I-AA playoffs, and Lehigh will be sitting at home.

It will take some time, but ultimately I'll get to recapping the season, celebrating the seniors, and maybe even talking about the I-AA playoffs. But for the next few days, it's time to mourn. It just hurts a lot right now.


Anonymous said…
Chuck can you answer this one question for me? I was reading an article on about the winners and losers of the seeding for the playoffs. He said "Lehigh was all but pencilled in for a first-round playoff trip to top-seeded New Hampshire, but the loss knocked the Mountain Hawks out of the field and gave the Patriot League auto bid to Colgate." Im stunning i thought if lehigh won they would of got a home playoff game. So if lehigh would of beat lafayette and finished almost top 10 and 9-2 they still would of got basically the last seed and had to play the #1 team? Doesnt make sense.
Anonymous said…
As for this year's loss hurting, I am a Lafayette fan and I feel like it should hurt this year.
Last year Lehigh should not have made the playoffs. But the I-AA playoff committee, in their ultimate wisdom, loves having Lehigh play homes games in the playoffs.
To be honest, last year was an embarrassment to everything that Lafayette accomplished in winning that football game (handily), that Lehigh got a home game and we had to travel to Delaware and come within 1 quarter of beating the defending national champs. Lafayette was the champs of the Patriot League and yet we were the ones getting screwed.

I understand that you played JMU hard last year and it was commendable, but just think what you would have felt if the roles had been reversed.

I think this is a bit of Karma coming back to bite Lehigh in the butt for your program getting a bit too high on themselves and for actually getting a home game last year.
Your coach lost you this game, Lehigh. Why the hell were you passing the ball with under 4 minutes remaining? I mean, even if you get stopped, the clock keeps running. Your coach saved us a timeout and an extra 30 seconds.

In closing, we, along with Colgate, will represent the Patriot League well. See you in Easton.

BTW: Lehigh does not get to refer back to 1995 as "The Catch". Saturday was, "The Catch".
Lenny Lembo said…
Lafayette is gonna have their butts handed to them. Won't even be close. They'll be exposed for the frauds they've been all season.
Anonymous said…
It's a shame that it has come to this but, Lafayette is not a good football team. They should get beat by 5 td's or more next weekend. If Lehigh were representing against Appalachian, they would win. Also, there is a marked difference between Lehigh students and Lafayette students. I think it really does come down to intelligence. Those kids in Easton just aren't smart enough to get into Lehigh and it shows. Well, they all returned to their trailers with a smile on their face. Too bad you could only get one full set of teeth from the whole student section. Last year when our team drove through Easton their bus was pulled over by the police! They thought Lehigh was trying to smuggle books into Easton!
Anonymous said…
It is highly unusual that when an in conference team plays an outer conference team on a national stage, that other teams from the conference not root for them. In this case it would be hard to wish any good luck on Lafayette. they won with smoke and mirrors all year and now actually believe they belong with the upper tier. Appalachian St. 60 Lafayette 0
Anonymous said…
Wow, we have some really pissy Lehigh fans.
It is just a shame to be unable to cope with a loss in football. Oh, wait, two losses in a row and three out of four.
Sounds like Lehigh fans are getting a bit antsy with their football coach. Maybe not being able to get it done? Maybe realizing their dominance of the Patriot League may be over?

I'm not saying that Lafayette is going to win this weekend but we will represent with pride and at least our coach won't make horrible decisions that propels the other team to victory.
And to say that Lehigh would absolutely win this weekend is highly laughable and speaks of grasping at straws.

Anyone can say that their team would win in the playoffs, the real problem is, you have to have a team that made it to the playoffs to make that statement come true.

What was up with all the Lehigh fans leaving the game after Lafayette scored? Talk about no fan base, I mean, Lehigh still needed to recieve the kickoff.

And as for the academics, I think that we can agree that both the schools are fairly equal. Lafayette is ranked 27th in US News for Colleges and Lehigh is ranked 32nd for Universities.
Anonymous said…
Lafayette is going to get it handed to them this weekend but so would Lehigh. I dont blame that loss on the coaches more on just pure bad luck of the final play. I mean what are the chances of a 4th & 10 going for a td? Responding to someone questioning our loyalness, I stayed until the final gun and watched the Lafayette fans chat "Lehigh sucks". Sorry bout Lehigh fans wouldnt rush Lafayette's field. Because 1) Lehigh fan's wouldnt consider a win at Lafayette enough to rush the field 2) We have more class than that. Go Appalachian and Colgate!
Anonymous said…
That was a real nice point by tha last blogger. Lehigh fans would never rush the field after a win over Lafayette. That just shows how surprised Lafayette is when they come out on top of Lehigh. Lehigh fans consider a win over Lafayette automatic, because lafayette stinks. Luck has carried them for a few years. The future is much brighter for the Mountain Hawks. A nice big strong sophmore O line and great skill kids, along with Sedale. Good luck in the future, but not Saturday. i hope you get creamed. I am a loyal patriot league fan, but not of Lafayette. The reason is their classless approach and trashy behavior. Go Gate!! The only other worthy team in the league.
Anonymous said…
Regardless of how much class Lehigh supposedly has, or how much you consider a win over Lafayette to be automatic, if the roles were reversed and you won on a last second throw all of the Lehigh students would have been on the field and you all know it.

Talk about lack of class, all I heard on the way out the stadium were expletives directed at myself, my girlfriend and my young sister. And no, I wasn't doing anything or shouting anything, I just had the audacity to wear the sweatshirt of the winning team.
Anonymous said… ironic...that is the same thing that happened to me last year as I was leaving Lafayette's stadium after they beat Lehigh...who would have thought it????
Anonymous said…
I especially enjoyed running the gauntlent of drunken slob Lafayette students on my way from the parking lot to the stadium. It felt real comfortable hearing those mindless alcoholics direct nasty comments at my parents and grandparents simply because they came to see my school play a game. And why are so many Lafayette guys so damn fat and out of shape?
Anonymous said…
Granted this is supposed to be a VERY heated game, some fan behavior surprised me. My Dad, brother, and I parked at the furthest point away in the Stabler lots, so we had the pleasure of walking through all of the Lehigh tailgates. I wasn't surprised to hear the profanity... I was surprised who it was coming from.. middle aged women! Three seperate ones tried to curse me out, thanks to merely wearing a Lafayette Football hat. Get real people... Believe it or not, the younger crowd didn't even care we were there.
Anonymous said… husband and I (who are Lehigh fans, but were not wearing any Lehigh garb) were walking back to our car when a football hit my husband in the leg....when he turned around he saw that it had been thrown by a kid about 9 years old (by accident) My husband picked up the ball and tossed it back to the kid, who, instead of saying thank you...replied...."Yeah, and Lehigh Sucks."
Anonymous said…
That last comment was just funny. I mean really, how can you be offended by that? You weren't wearing any Lehigh garb, so the kid obviously didn't know that you were Lehigh fans. He was just stating how he felt; like, I'm cold or I'm hungry.

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