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Press Roundup: Lehigh 35, Bucknell 16

(Photo Credit: The Sunbury Daily Item)

As we watch freshman RB Zach Barket grind out some yards against the Bucknell defense, it's time to look over some of the press that comes out of this weekend. While there isn't a photo gallery of the game from the Morning Call this week, the Sunbury Daily Item did have a couple good pictures in their writeup.

Allentown Morning Call: Lehigh Wins Big over Bucknell


''It felt great and hats off to the offensive line first,'' junior QB J.B. Clark said after completing 24 of 37 passes. ''They gave me five or six seconds to throw the ball and the receivers made some great catches. We came out confident.''

''That was big [for freshman QB Michael Colvin] to score on the first series,'' Clark said. ''It set the tone for the game, and hopefully, the rest of the season.''

''I got my opportunity and I think I took full advantage of it,'' Barket said. ''But this was all about the line today. I just followed their blocks. They just executed so well.''

Barket admitted he missed the feeling of being in the end zone after a touchdown.

''I scored 66 of them last year, so I was hoping to get at least one this year,'' Barket said. ''I can get used to that feeling again.''



Easton Express-Times: Clark Passes Lehigh to Victory


"This feels much better than last week, that's for sure," said Lehigh coach Andy Coen, whose team lost to Yale 7-0 last week. "I thought we had a great plan coming in and certainly with the way JB (Clark) played, that made the offense go right from the start."

"I felt very comfortable out there today," Clark said. "The receivers did a great job of getting open and making plays and the entire offense was really in sync."

Groller's Corner: Beating Bucknell Gives Lehigh a Chance to Smile - For Once

It was a good day. And in a year of surprising results, it was nice to see that Lehigh's dominance of Bucknell hadn't changed.

But it gets much, much tougher from here and frankly, Lehigh will not be favored to win any of their remaining four games this season -- at Colgate next week, home vs. Holy Cross on Nov. 7, at Fordham on Nov. 14 and home vs. Lafayette on Nov. 21. We still could be looking at 2-9. That's the absolute truth.

Can this team rise up and beat an opponent of quality? We'll see. The jury is still clearly out and just like the Georgetown win two weeks ago, the win over Bucknell was more about relief than jubilation.

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One negative was the major injury suffered by wildcat-quarterback Michael Colvin who was taken off the field on a stretcher. Scuttlebutt was that he had suffered a fractured fibula and will miss the rest of the season.

That's a blow for an offense that had been using Colvin and the wildcat quite a bit.

Lehigh's defense played without junior LB Colin Newton, who had an injury, and several other guys were hurt, prompting "considerable scrambling" according to coach Andy Coen.

Freshman TE Jamel Haggins picked up a blocked extra point and ran it in for a two-point conversion. "When's the last time we got a break like that," Coen said. "I can't remember."


Sunbury Daily Item: Lehigh Topples Bucknell Again

"I'm shocked by the whole game to be honest with you," [Bucknell head coach Tim] Landis said. "I thought physically we could stand up to them because we've gotten stronger and more physical. That was the biggest surprise for me. I thought it would be rather low scoring and a battle for four quarters.

"I thought physically we just got outplayed," Landis said. "They handled us on both the offensive and defensive lines. They won the game in the trenches and made the big plays when they needed them."

"The biggest thing for us was execution," Clark said. "The coaches have been putting us in spots to score and make big plays and we haven't been executing."

"When we kicked the field goal to make it 21-10, I thought 'Wow, this is kind of the way we played this year and now we'll get back into it and get going here,'" Landis said. "It just never happened."

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