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Lehigh 28, Holy Cross 14, final

You can't put into words what this win should mean to this team.

After all the uncertainty early in the year; after losing two straight bad-weather games; after all those bad snaps and fumbles in those two games; this game proves beyond a shadow of a doubt that this is a different team.

Turnovers: 0.

Interceptions against Holy Cross: 2.

Penalties: 0. (OK, well I don't know that, but it seems like we didn't have many penalties at all.)

The fact that this Lehigh team has finally got some redemption for those two bad-weather losses has to be the story of this game. No more critical miscues. No more bad snaps. Lehigh did exactly what they needed to do to exorcise those bad-weather ghosts: they played nearly mistake-free ball and blew the other team away at the line of scrimmage. That spells win.

The defense may have given up some yardage, especially at the end, but they came up with two huge stops at the goal line which left the Crusaders with 0 points. Every man on the defense played a big role, but big #77, NT Eric Rakus, was clearly "the man" for much of the game, getting in QB Dominc Randolph's face, deflecting passes, and also doing great in pass coverage too.

On offense, the "O" line did a fantastic job dominating the Crusaders up front in a way I don't think I've ever seen a Lehigh line do. In the "Air Lehigh" days, we used to spread the offense and do some little blocking underneath. Now, we're getting big push to get big yards. If we can continue to get better as the weeks go on... we may just have a shot at this thing.

The win wasn't perfect. We got very very lucky that an onside kick, with 5:00 to play in the game had an "offside" call that judging by the replay sure didn't look offsides to me. There were still those few periods of mental lapse that still need to be looked at.

But overall, this was a great, inspiring game for Lehigh fans. We survive. Next up: Colgate, who will be coming into Goodman next week desperate not to get that second league loss. It won't be easy. But this team feels like it's hitting its stride at the exact right time, with the ghosts of uncertainty diminishing into the mist at Fitton.

Comments

Anonymous said…
`Kudos to the WEBMASTER. His analysis was spot on. Mine was not.

LU 76
Anonymous said…
Lehigh played a dominating game today against a solid team. Randolph is the real deal. While he got his yards in the second half, the defense made some big plays and played smart defense after the TD pass in the first half. I wish Coen would have not played it so conservatively on offense in the second half, but he apparently took the position that LU would not lose the game by being too aggressive and force HC to beat us - didn't happen. Good game plan and good execution.
Given the conditions, the recent mud game performance, this game was as mistake-free as one could hope for. LFN's analysis was spot on. LU looks to be hitting its stride at the right time.
Anonymous said…
Hey the two touchdown guy was right! Uh-oh wrong team though. HAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHA
Ngineer said…
The lack of turnovers in such adverse conditions, and only four penalties was very good to see. Shows there was a lot of focus by the players. While 309 yards given up on defense it was on 56 passes, so not bad at all, and though no sacks, there was pressure with people in Randolph's faces frequently. An excellent win with many contributors!
Anonymous said…
They've looked much better the last two games. Now that they are into the league schedule, let's hope that they have worked out the kinks of a new coaching staff and other distractions and are back in their historical groove.

Remember that their four losses were all close, to good teams.

Now they have to continue to improve execution against Colgate on Saturday. This won't be easy, but Colgate will be up against the wall after losing so badly on Saturday AT HOME against Lafayette. One must be wary of desperate Raiders.

I still don't expect any of these teams to go undefeated in the league.

And again, it's looking like LU v. LC will decide it all.
Anonymous said…
Thumbs up from Greenville, SC. Nice to see the Hawks playing well. Like most Furman fans, I have always respected Lehigh as an outstanding school with an outstanding football tradition. Our playoff matchup a few years back was college football at its best: scholar-athletes playing for the love of it on the field and alumni enjoying some intelligent and respectful banter in the stands.

I wish FU and Lehigh could arrange a home and home.

Anyway, good luck on the remainder of your schedule.

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