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Lehigh 35, Bucknell 16, Final

Boy, does this one feel good.

Lehigh put up 35 points for the first time this year as the Mountain Hawks overcame some early mistakes to coast to a 35-16 victory over the Bison, continuing their twelve year winning streak over Bucknell and keeping their title hopes alive for another week.

After the offense was shut out last weekend, seeing the offense put up five honest touchdowns - and junior QB J.B. Clark going the distance and putting up numbers like 24 for 37, 327 yards, 1 passing TD, 1 rushing TD, and only one INT - gives this Lehigh fan some hope that maybe, just maybe, little ol' Lehigh may still have a chance in this Patriot League race thing.

Other highlights include freshman QB/RB Michael Colvin getting his first career TD, and freshman RB Zach Barket getting his first TD as well to go with his career-best 77 yard effort. And add freshman WR James Flynn getting three big catches - including one to convert an early fourth down conversion - three greenhorns were asked to ste…

Friday Water Cooler: Computers

So there I was, minding my own business yesterday, when I started up our relatively-new quad-core computer. And that's when the agony began.

The computer would not come up - it would not recognize the drive. I pretty much tried everything to make it come up - including, tonight, the dreaded last-ditch "put it in the freezer for twenty minutes" trick - and it didn't work.

I have some other tricks up my sleeve to try to get at the data - but now I have to face the probability that a year's worth of photos - irreplaceable - are gone forever. Four Lehigh games, gone. My son's first day of school, gone. God knows what important documents on the computer - gone. Gone!

I could have taken backups, or performed some sort of RAID backup for my hard drive. I even could have kept all me media on a networked drive. But, of course, I knew soooo much more than everybody else. I was too good for backups. It was always something that I was going to do after the season.…

Game Preview: Lehigh at Bucknell

(Photo Credit: Bucknell Athletics)

It's been hashed and rehashed.

At the midpoint of the season, Lehigh has played like champs on offense but like chumps on offense. The defense shut out two straight opponents, but the team went 1-1. First it was junior QB J.B. Clark, then sophomore QB Chris Lum, and then Clark again starting on offense, and the running back trio of junior RB Jay Campbell, junior RB Jaren Walker and freshman RB Zach Barket haven't been healthy all at the same time since the first game of the year. The record is ugly: 1-5. And the entire Patriot League schedule looms in front of them.

With a home backdrop like that, the squad had to be loving the fact that they're heading out of the frosty Lehigh Valley to play a game on the road.

If you're a Lehigh fan, you have to hope that the Hawks find some permanent answers on offense this weekend at Bucknell, while cleaning up some of the mental lapses that have doomed the Mountain Hawks in the first half of the …

Players of the Week, Yale vs. Lehigh

I thought long and hard about not giving any awards this week, but after further review I thought it wasn't fair to the defense if I stiffed them out of their shutout performance. So I'm giving out three awards this week. The go to:

Defensive Hawk of the Week: Sophomore LB Devin Greene (13 tackles, 2 1/2 tackles for loss, 1 interception in relief of injured senior LB Al Pierce)

Special Teams Hawks: Junior DB John "Pres" Kennedy (2 kickoff returns, 32 yards, 3 tackles, 1 INT, 1 pass break up, 1 blocked FG attempt, and 1 forced fumble on the last play of the game) and junior DB/RS Jarard "Fearless" Cribbs (2 punt returns, 28 yards, 3 tackles, 1 INT, 71 yards in punt returns including a 34 yard return)

There was som shifting in the ECAC Lambert Poll, which ranking the top teams in the East for the Lambert Trophy. Richmond still remains at No. 1
1. (1) Richmond
2. (3) Villanova
3. (4) William & Mary
4. (2) New Hampshire
5. (5) Colgate
6. (8) Massachusetts
7. (6) De…

FCS East Wrapup: UMass Needs A Big Win, And Gets It

(Photo Credit: The UMass Daily Collegian)

Elsewhere in the world of FCS, the big thriller of the weekend came at McGuirk Stadium in Amherst, MA where the Minutemen - fresh off a 43-27 loss on the road at Delaware - desperately needed a win to stay relevant in the FCS playoff hunt.



A win over undefeated New Hampshire wasn't only needed. It was crucial, with the defending national champions Richmond on the horizon. And in thrilling fashion, UMass freshman DB Kumar Davis' end-zone interception of UNH senior QB R.J. Toman with seconds left formalized the Minuteman 23-17 victory.



It didn't come easy, either. Both senior RB Tony Nelson and senior FS Jeromy Miles went down with injuries in the first half, sophomore RB Jonathan Hernandez picked up his game to the tune of 166 yards and a TD, and senior LB Eric Dickson also stepping in with 18 tackles as well. Hernandez' TD came after the Wildcats had shut down the Minuteman running game in the first half, but his 42 yard run down …

Press Roundup: Lehigh 0, Yale 7

(Photo courtesy Denise Sanchez, The Morning Call)

Looking around the press writeups (and the Morning Call's photo gallery of the game,) we see the press praise Lehigh's heroic defense who has now gone nine straight shutout quarters.

One interesting thing that I didn't realize watching the coverage of the game was that junior DB John Kennedy actually caused a fumble on the last play of the game when Yale was trying to run out the clock. It didn't win the game - but it did show exactly what type of player the "Prez" is.

Morning Call: Hawks Fall to Yale 7-0

''I can't say enough about the defense and how they came up with stops time and time again,'' Coen said. ''Right to the end when they caused a fumble on a kneel-down, our defense played their hearts out.''

''We need to be excited about every game from here on out because they're all championship games,'' said junior CB Jarard Cribbs. ''We need to com…

Sunday's Word: Zero

I got up in the middle of the night last night. I couldn't sleep, and it was all due to a game I didn't even see in person this weekend. It was a game that - in every way - was a "zero".

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My wife, son and I had a party to go to that started at 3pm on Saturday. I watched the Lehigh game online with the commentary of Mike Zambelli and Mike Yadush - long enough to see the quarrterback change at halftime, the "zero" to "zero" halftime score, and eventually I'd also see only score of the game.

At about 2:45 pm, I had to leave with my family. Even at that point it was a long, torturous game with punt after turnover after punt, and yet it was only the end of the third quarter.

I didn't feel great about leaving at that time, even though I felt pretty sick watching the game, too. I listened to Matt Kerr and Kody Fedorcha, the radio voices of Lehigh football, in the car until I got to the party. Unsurprisingly, I heard more about punts and tur…