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Lehigh Battles Hard, But Gets Blown Out 59-29 To Stony Brook In 1st Round of FCS Playoffs

It was marginally better than last seasons 1st round loss to New Hampshire, but it still wasn't close.

After holding Stony Brook scoreless in the first quarter and battling back to a 24-14 deficit at halftime, Stony Brooks' 2-play, 77 yard drive where QB Joe Carbone found TE Cal Daniels for a 40 yard touchdown pass to make it 31-14.  Despite a couple of second half touchdowns to keep it somewhat close, Stony Brook would add four more touchdowns in the second half to really pull away from the Mountain Hawks.

Statistically, Lehigh battled pretty hard most of the way - especially on offense, when senior WR Troy Pelletier concluded his Division I football career as gaining the most receiving yards in Patriot League history.  On the day he had 10 catches for 94 yards and a terrific touchdown grab that undoubtedly caught the eyes of some NFL scouts.

Junior QB Brad Mayes (33-for-48 passing, 333 yards, 3 TDs, 0 INT) and junior RB Dominick Bragalone (75 rushing yards, 40 receiving yards, 1 receiving TD) showed that they should be a great returning duo for next season with great performances, while senior WR Gatlin Casey (11 catches, 107 yards, 1 TD) finished out his Lehigh career with a stellar performance as well.

Tune in later for a fuller recap.

Comments

Anonymous said…
Well, we can say that we saw the greatest offensive team in Lehigh history.

Best wishes to the Defensive Coordinator in his future endeavors.
Joseph Mangan said…
There is a lot to Build on For Next year. A lot of talent comes back. Young Defense will get better with some key new recruits. Thanks to Coaches and Players they never gave up they represented the School well scored another Patriot league title and played with Honor!
Anonymous said…
I think I saw that exact comment after the blowout to New Hampshire in 2016.
Giving up 60 points and 600 yards/game is tough to watch in the playoffs for 2 years in a row.
Anonymous said…
Joe Sterrett - please make a decision....do we want to be a Nationally prominent FB team w high academic standards (Stanford, Navy, Northwestern, Cal, JMU, Furman, Wofford) or a middling Patriot League patsy?

Players and Alum aspire to greatness...make the needed changes!
Albert said…
If I know Joe, he is content with mediocrity and winning PL titles against other bad and or injured football teams.

If you look at the prior two Lehigh head football coaches (Higgins & Lembo), they both moved on to bigger and better things for a reason, they were good. Andy Coen isn't going anywhere unless someone makes him because he isn't good enough for bigger and better things, not because he wants to stay (Dick Biddle as an example simply didn't want to leave Colgate). This says something about who runs your football program.

The only team he has had in his 12! years at Lehigh that had a chance at beating the nations best was the 2011 team that unfortunately had some bad luck in both playoff draw and the twitter disaster.

The program needs a young talented coach + his new coaching staff that can recruit a competitive and BALANCED football team. Yes, you might lose them in a few years because they are good, but they can have an actual impact on the long term success of program.

Unfortunately, nothing is actually going to change with the way this program is run despite the hopes of many.
Anonymous said…
JMU and high academic standards in the same sentence?

..please..
Anonymous said…
The commentary from Albert about being BALANCED is where we should be talking today. Coen is an OFFENSIVE guy, always was, always will be. This was a better offense in 2917 than in 2011, which was missing that solid running game for much of that season. Cannot win playoff games with this type of (largely) passive, finesse defense.

The problem remains Coen's choices of defensive coaches and his priorities.
Anonymous said…
If you aspire to compete against CAA and National powerhouse State schools...you're gonna have to make academic allowances. Loosen up your tight white undies and recognize that hard working students w/o SAT scores through the roof can play and graduate from Lehigh....and they also succeed in life...I know - I did it.
Anonymous said…
Not sure anyone truly cares about Lehigh football. 5-6, 6-5 or even 7-4 is considered good enough.
Anonymous said…
Was this last comment a sponsored post by the Lehigh Athletic Department?
Anonymous said…
to 8:51,
Why was it that our offense, with good academic players, could compete with anyone in FCS, but not the defense? I think any objective observer would conclude that the LU offense in 2017 could compete with ANYONE in FCS. They weren't really stopped by a great Stony Brook defense with supposed slack academic standards.

So why is it that Troy, Gatlin, Brad, Dom, Zach and the rest of that stellar OL could both have great SAT scores and also be dominant players in FCS? Is the academic thing only an issue for defensive players? Why is that? Is it a matter of a defender having to have an undisciplined, wild persona, without much cognitive ability- whereas offense requires thinking and precision?

Good topic, curious to know why it only seemed to be a factor for defense in 2017.
Anonymous said…
How are you privy to SAT scores?
Anonymous said…
OK, I snuck a look :).
Hell, I'm just trying to flush out the academic issue that someone raised, in presuming the LU academic standards are way too high, and saying the LU kids are too smart to play CAA level football. I do assume our LU kids have good scores, so yes. What's your take? Is this why our defense got blasted through like butter in the majority of games this year?
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Anonymous said…
Watching some of the games today, it is just incredible how far behind Lehigh is in terms of overall speed and physicality compared to some of the top FCS teams. These offenses would literally run over the 2017 Lehigh defense just on size and speed alone.

Lehigh had this year and still will next year have some top FCS offensive talent on their team - but the size, speed and physicality of the rest of the team cannot compete with these tops teams in FCS.

The 2017 Lehigh team might have been able to compete in the FCS playoffs in 2000, but the top of FCS has changed in the last 5-7 years and today the FCS talent is so much faster and stronger then it was back then.
Anonymous said…
Pretty simple actually.

The 2017 LU offense was superior to the LU 2000 offense. By far.
The 2017 LU defense was inferior to the LU 2000 defense. By far.

The Top FCS teams always have great athletes of both sides of the ball. I haven't seen a massive shift there.

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