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Lehigh 27, Georgetown 0, Final

It wasn't the prettiest of wins. But after a dominating defensive performance - and just enough offense in a 27-0 victory for Lehigh, their first win of the year - I will certainly take it, and I'm positive Lehigh head coach Andy Coen will take it, too.

After the Lehigh defense opened the game by sticking the Hoyas to a three-and-out, it became very evident that the offensive gameplan would involve a whole lot of junior RB Jay Campbell, who bulled through for 12 yards in his first three carries of the game. But sophomore QB Chris Lum tossed an interception - sort-of an ill-advised pass into tight coverage, but the interception came from a tipped ball - which gave Georgetown plenty of hope that they could hang with the winless Mountain Hawks.

But the defense would again stymie freshman QB Isaiah Kempf and the rest of the Hoya offense on their next drive. Junior CB Jarard Cribbs would then kick-started things with a 34 yard punt return that pumped life into the Mountain Hawks. And Lum, Campbell and the rest of the offense delivered - Lum's tight spiral to junior WR Craig Zurn in the end zone for a 17 yard touchdown gave Lehigh the only points they would ultimately need.

It was good to see some success for the Mountain Hawks this week - a win that will definitely put some wind in the sails. One touchdown, helped by a big play in special teams (freshman DB Bryan Andrews' blocked punt, which led to Lum's 7 yard touchdown pass to sophomore WR Jake Drwal. A grinding touchdown basically done almost entirely on the ground, ending with junior RB Jaren Walker's 7 yard touchdown run. And a fourth-quarter drive - also mostly on the ground, with freshman QB Michael Colvin getting 20 big yards on 3 carries - ending with Lum's 3 yard touchdown pass to sophomore WR De'Vaughn Gordon.

The defense, who had allowed so many rushing yards prior to today, brought it in a big way, holding Georgetown to -24 rushing yards and racking up an amazing eight sacks. Three were tallied by senior LB Matt Cohen, and two were notched by sophomore DB/LB Colin Newton. Holding the Hoyas to 125 total offensive yards certainly was satisfying.

Junior RB Jay Campbell ran 20 times for 111 yards to lead the Mountain Hawks - the only regret being that he didn't get a chance to put it in for a touchdown.

Yet watching this game, it's clear that there's still a ton of work to do if Lehigh hopes to have more success this season.

The missed extra point. Only 81 yards passing. Only two offensive plays the entire game went more than 15 yards: the TD pass to Zurn and a 39 yard scamper by Campbell. 7 for 16 on third-down conversions. A big play to get the ball moving forward - followed by a big penalty to go backward. And add to that the fact that this is a 0-6 Georgetown team that we beat in a much less-than-impressive fashion than we have in recent years. With a bit better execution on offense, this could have been the type of forty point blowout we've seen in the past.

Lehigh will gladly take this win, and will try to build off of it as they take on Yale next weekend for homecoming. And I'll certainly take the win, too.

I'm not entirely sure, but I think that cracker was a Ritz.

Comments

allen said…
two problems
1. wide receivers can't get free, too slow
2. interceptions. lum threw one, clark threw one right to a defensive player, he dropped it but it was basically an interception
The offence is painful to watch
Doug-H said…
I don't see Lehigh winning another game this season.. Even Bucknell will win this year after years of losing to Lehigh... With Fordham and Bucknell on the road this year, it might be a throwback to the 60's like the AFL where the Lafayette game is the only thing that may save the season.. Holy Cross got upset by Brown yesterday and will probably come into Goodman ready to repeat what they did two years ago...

I really hope I'm wrong but that second half was painful.. It also looks like local fans agree with attendance sinking to the lowest level in years... It looked on my PC screen like plenty of empty seats on the home side... Next week should be better with Yale coming in and it being "Homecoming"..
Anonymous said…
Not even worth watching or talking about it anymore.

Running the clock out at the half, on our own ten yard line and the idiots have the QB in shotgun.

This is midget level coaching at best.

Consider this one more fan that will not attend a game until somethings done.

Odios

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