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Lehigh 42, Bucknell 10, final

Sedale will have to earn that nickname of "The Complete Package" another week, but I couldn't be more pleased with his performance on Saturday. I haven't gone over all the details yet, but 200+ yards passing and 70 yards rushing, I'm ecstatic.

I've got to run now, but I'll have a complete update tomorrow. Colgate's defeat of Holy Cross given Lehigh a chance to get at least a co-Patriot League championship again this year. The Colgate game next week, as always, will be a huge game and a huge test.

Later!

Predictions of Other Games

If you're a Lehigh fan, daring to take a peek ahead at the I-AA playoff picture, the first thing you want to be keeping an eye on is the Colgate/Holy Cross game in Worcester, MA. But don't neglect the South Carolina St./Hampton and Appliachian St./Wofford games this weekend. In this case it's root for the home teams in Hampton (we want an 11-0 Hampton team winning the MEAC) and Wofford (giving the Mountaineers a critical third loss).

As for the A-10 and Big Sky, it's best to just let the dust settle this week and see where everything ends up.

Here's my weekly predictions of other games this week.

Patriot League:
Fordham at Georgetown. Winless Fordham will be playing their sixth road game in seven games this week, while the "surprising" 3-5 Hoyas will be trying for their first 2-win Patriot League season in their history. Call it a hunch, but I think Fordham pulls it together and gets just enough offense to win this. Fordham 17, G'Town 14.

Colgate at Holy C…

Press Roundup; The Threatt Show; What You Didn't Read

Today's press roundup is all about Sedale. Lehigh Nation could not be more excited about the arrival of the talented QB who happens to be the son of the former Philadelphia 76ers guard, but here's a change from what you'll read everywhere else - a plea from me for some realism of Threatt's expectations.

If you've listened to the Lehigh pregame press conference (reg'n and $$ required), you would have seen coach Lembo and two receivers who caught the biggest passes last week, junior TE Pete Morelli and senior WR Kevin Zeblium. But it seemed like all they were asked about was Sedale. It's also reflected in the press roundup this week.

Sedale is a sophomore. He's being asked to run one of the most complicated offenses in I-AA, and it simply takes time to take it all in. He's clearly a football talent; he seems like a good leader and seems like a great QB - in practice. Bucknell will be his first test as a starter. He is unproven, and entering the long sha…

Preview of Lehigh/Bucknell

Lehigh, after a huge win against Yale at home last week, now travel on the road to play Bucknell in an important Patriot League matchup. Like all league games, this is a must-win, and will serve as a sign for the rest of the league to continue to take Lehigh seriously in the title hunt. The temptation is to look ahead to Colgate next week, and to keep an eye on the scoreboard for the Colgate/Holy Cross game; but the future is now, and that means taking care of a struggling Bucknell squad in Lewisburg.

Bucknell's season has been one of deep disappointment. Even with sophomore QB Terance Wilson projected to start, the Bison were expected to be a Patriot League title contender this year. However, Wilson and former all-league FB Blamah Sarnor got hurt in the first game of the year as Bucknell lost to Georgetown 19-16, and a litany of other injuries have seen the Bison limp to a 1-5 start to the year. The injuries have indeed been staggering - QB, P, WR, offensive line - Bucknell head c…

Borda Player of the Week; Polls and Polls; Press Digest

In recognition of his invaluable contribution to a vitally important Lehigh victory versus Yale, Mark Borda has been named not only Patriot League Player of the Week but also ECAC player of the week as well. Mark has been a great credit to the Lehigh program, and it's a shame that it appears that he has played his final Patriot League game.

New poll on your right, there. And Lehigh still is hanging around at #21 across the board in The Sports Network poll (umm, how did we lose a spot to McNeese St. and South Carolina St.?) and in the Any Given Saturday poll. Although we're currently hanging outside the Top 20, I am confident that Lehigh will be in that sweet spot of #10 to #16 if Lehigh wins all of their games.

Finally, let's take a look at that digest of press clippings from the Yale game.

After starting quarterback Mark Borda went out with a fractured fibula that is likely to end his season and career with 7:54 left in the fourth quarter and Lehigh trailing Yale 21-13, Thre…

Borda Out For Season; Game Balls; Press Roundup

Normally I like to get the press roundup out on Sunday, but with Borda's injury situation, I wanted to make sure that I knew that Borda would be finished for the year before posting my game balls and press roundup.

For sure, it's a bit of a bittersweet win. Mark Borda, with a fractured right leg, is done for the year. His best was on display in the 2-3 drives in the second half where he did a great job executing the gameplan, and I saw the replay yesterday on the play where he got injured. It looked like a freakish play, just the Yale defender almost slid into his ankle area. Without Borda's gutty drives yesterday, Lehigh would have lost - period - and for that reason, senior QB Mark Borda will be getting a well-deserved game ball.

But that's not all for game balls this Saturday. Sophomore QB Sedale Threatt was perfect in relief of the injured Borda. 5-for-5, with 11 yard rushing and 17 yards passing may not sound like much, but every yard was huge in the win on Satur…