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Lehigh 31, Villanova 28, final



Hard to know where to begin. Oh, I know. Sedale? You're "The Total Package" now. Get used to it: Sedale "The Total Package" Threatt. I don't know the exact stats, but I think that he's responsible for 2,308 yards passing, 1,699 yards rushing and about 10 TDs, or so it seems.

Sophomore RB Matt McGowan - a huge run right to put the game away, with senior G Jim Petrucelli making the sealing block to get it done. (Thanks, CN8, for pointing that out postgame.) Great playcalling by the coaching staff to get it done, with a huge assist by senior RB Marques Thompson getting the monster gain down the left sideline.

The defense? Well, let's start with a huge goalline stand, down by 4 late in the 4th quarter, with the defense getting a huge 3-and-out. Two tough hits, one by senior FS Ernie Moore, and another big hit on Villanova's QB Marvin Burroughs by senior DT Royce Morgan (in his first game back against the team that injured him - talk about redempton). Then, Julian Ahye makes a huge defensive play on 3rd down. Then, the FG wide left!

Then, Sedale, Marques and Matt embark on the heroic drive, and we go up 31-28. Then, Villanova gets the ball back with 3 minutes to play. The Hawk defense shuts them down! On 4th down, it looks like Villanova's QB Burroughs is going to make yet another huge play to get a first down. Then. senior LB MicaDB Daynin "Sprint" Blake comes out of nowhere, barely gets Burroughs' legs and -- it's basically over? Despite an interesting final 15 seconds, it was a real heroes job by Lehigh all around - offense, defense, and special teams!

What a huge win. The whole Lehigh family needed this. After the misstep versus Albany, there were serious doubts about the year. I wasn't sure they could do it - I picked them to lose this week. I couldn't be happier to be proved wrong.

Last week, I said that a Lehigh win versus Villanova would not only erase the Albany loss from Lehigh fans' psyches, it would also mean that Lehigh would possess the best Patriot League win of the young season. It happened. We're not the champions yet. But I think we'll be looking back on this one all season as a moment which shows the mettle of this bunch of kids. A great, great win.

Princeton will not be easy. They are a very good Ivy team with some more big offensive and defensive lines to face. But tonight? We raise our Yuenglings high. It's a happy night in Bethlehem, and the night is young.


Anonymous said…
Where are all the naysayers now? What a huge win against a gd team. Will this game be replayed, for could not watch it.
Ngineer said…
Well I just got in from 'nova and I'm raising my Yuengling as I type.
Yes, this was a great win for a program trying to find itself. And I will say I picked Lehigh, by 3--27-24, because I just felt there was too much talent on this squad that the Albany game deflected.
HOWEVER--let us not forget there were a horrendous number of mistakes that could have crippled a lesser team psychologically. They did not come out 'ready'--maybe too tight. But stupid penalties, again a number of dropped balls, it was looking bad.
But, credit the kids and staff for never quitting when a lot of people were shaking their heads.
There is A LOT of work for this team to do before they can play with an upper level team. Villanova has some players, but they are in the lesser half of the A-10, at least right now. So we shouldn't feel too good about ourselves, yet.
The team proved they're still here and with improvement should be challenging for the playoffs again, but only with improvement.
This was a great win. Hard running in the FOURTH QUARTER to win a tough game. Exactly what Coen talked about when he came here. That's not what we were able to do last year. Let's keep it up!
Anonymous said…
It was a good win for Lehigh tonight. The first quarter was a bit rough, the players rose to the challenge. I am suspect of the O play date I will hold my judgement until the Lafayette game.
73engineer said…
How about them Engineers!!!!!!!On the road, giving away two scores off tunrovers, coming back three times and posting a big W on Nova. Great play calling by Coach Trey Brown and Coach Kutolski had Nova's number. If you look at the stats it was a really good performance by LU. Out gaining Nova and playing very tough defense.

I was most impressed by the balance on Offense and that starts with Sedale Threatt. He carried Lehigh on his back and the defense never gave up. If you looked on the field after the game Coach Coen and Coach Brown were really and they deserve it. Great game and lets get the Tigers.

Lehigh Will Shine Tonight!

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