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Lafayette at #14 Liberty
October 18, 2008
The Lafayette football team knocked off No. 14 Liberty and stopped the longest winning streak in the nation at 11 games. On the Leopards' first drive of the game, they picked up a first down, but were forced to punt. On the punt from Davis Rodriguez, Dominic Bolden muffed the bouncing ball and Tim Watson recovered it for Lafayette. With the momentum, Lafayette took the early lead on a six-yard touchdown run by DeAndre' Morrow. Late in the first quarter, Lafayette parlayed a 63-yard punt return by Shaun Adair into a second score as Morrow found the endzone for a second time, giving Lafayette a 14-7 advantage. The second quarter saw the Leopards increase their lead to 28-14 at halftime as Joe Russo rumbled into the endzone from four yards out while Rob Curley (18-32 for 176, 1 TD) connected with Tim Watson from 19-yards out just before halftime. On the first possession of the second half, the Lafayette defense forced Liberty to punt. Andy Romans broke through the line and blocked Matt Bevins' kick and returned it for a touchdown, increasing Lafayette's lead to 35-14. The Leopards closed out the game with the help of a fake punt as Romans dashed 21 yards for a first down that sealed the victory. Romans finished the day with 12 tackles, a blocked punt and was credited as the team's fourth-leading rusher on the afternoon. For his efforts, Romans received the Patriot League Defensive Player of the Week honor as well as the Special Teams Player of the Week honor. The Liberty win also handed Lafayette head coach Frank Tavani his 50th career victory.
Final Score: Lafayette 35, #14 Liberty 21