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Fifity Years Ago: Fred Dunlap’s First-Ever Win Comes In The Rivalry

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Fifity Years Ago: Fred Dunlap’s First-Ever Win Comes In The Rivalry

Head coach Fred Dunlap‘s first season at the head of the Engineers wasn’t going very well in 1965.

“Lehigh has impressed me very much,” Dunlap was quoted as saying in The Brown and White.  “They’re very warm people with a very healthy attitude in that they think very positively in competing with schools and teams in our league.”

“Here you can easily get the team up for a big game, while at Cornell where you’re dealing with bigger numbers and play the big school, the team is hurt by playing week after week of big games.”

Nowhere, I think, was Mr. Dunlap’s ability to grab the positive from a negative situation more on display than with the 1965 team.

Three times, against Cornell, Delaware and Bucknell, Lehigh would give up more than 40 points a game.  Loss after loss mounted, going into the final weekend of the season and the game against their hated Rival to go.

But Mr. Dunlap always had a way of being positive in the middle of a gloomy 0-8 season.  And on the final game of the season, it paid off with his first head coaching victory and being carried off on the shoulders of his players.
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