Lafayette vs. Lehigh
November 20, 2010
EASTON, Pa. _ Lafayette_s fourth-quarter drive and comeback attempt stalled at the Lehigh 37-yard line as the No. 22 Mountain Hawks escaped with a 20-13 win in the 146th meeting of College Football_s Most-Played Rivalry.
Defense was the name of the game, as both teams were held to fewer than 300 yards of total offense. In the opening quarter, neither team put any points on the board. Lehigh broke the drought midway through the second quarter. The Lehigh scoring drive was a lengthy one that covered 92 yards on 16 plays over 7:33. Lehigh converted five third downs and a fourth down, the final on 3rd-and-13 before the 16-yard completion from Lehigh QB Chris Lum to Ryan Spadola.
The Leopards evened the score just before the first half. Ryan O_Neil (24-43-2 for 223 yards) eluded the potent Lehigh rush, stepped up in the pocket and completed a 10-yard pass on third down to a wide open Mark Layton. The game was tied with 7-7 with 53 seconds remaining in the half.
At the end of the first half, Mike Schmidlein picked off a Lum pass and returned it to the Lehigh 49-yard line. O_Neil completions, two to Mitchell Bennett and one to Kevin Doty, moved Lafayette to the 27 with 22 seconds left. O_Neil was sacked and the Leopards were forced to try a 50-yard field goal. Davis Rodriguez nailed the field goal to send the Leopards into halftime leading 10-7.
The second half opened with the Lehigh defense forcing a three-and-out before Lehigh_s Shane Ryan blocked a punt that flew directly to Jon Littlejohn who ran into the endzone. Lehigh missed its PAT and led 13-10.
Lehigh took advantage of an interception, parlaying it into a 10-play, 98-yard scoring drive. Two runs of 11 yards by two different Lehigh QB_s and a 25-yard passes from Lum to Chris Zurn and Alex Wojdowski set up Lehigh, 1st-and-10 at the Lafayette 14. Lum (16-26-2 for 207 yards) found Wojdowski in the endzone for the 20-10 advantage.
The Leopards opening drive of the fourth quarter yielded a 19-yard field goal. Trailing 20-13, Lafayette got the ball for the final time with just less than four minutes to play, but couldn_t reach the end zone.
Final Score: Lehigh 20, Lafayette 13