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Lehigh Avenges Last Year’s Loss to Colgate in Spectacular Fashion, 31-14

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Lehigh Avenges Last Year’s Loss to Colgate in Spectacular Fashion, 31-14

Every single Lehigh player remembered.

They remembered the chaos on the field last year at Murray Goodman Stadium, when Colgate beat Lehigh and celebrated on their field, Lehigh’s field, after their championship win.

They remembered the team photos.  The hats.  The championship trophy.  The championship picture.  In their house.

And they remembered that they didn’t want to see that again this season.

For the second straight week, senior RB Keith Sherman ran over a Patriot League opponent.  For the second time in two must-win games, Lehigh won a game they had to have to keep their Patriot League title and playoff hopes alive.

But up in Hamilton, it wasn’t a time of whooping and hollering after the game.

It was a line and a postgame handshake – in other words, business.  And Lehigh, in their most complete defensive performance of the season, got their business done in very impressive fashion.
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Game Breakdown, Lehigh vs. Colgate, 11/16/2013

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Game Breakdown, Lehigh vs. Colgate, 11/16/2013

“They’ve won a lot of close games this year, which we have done in the past. They know how to win and they are very well coached. And you couldn’t ask for a better scenario, to be able to get all the way through the season and have the last league game be for the championship and a bid to the playoffs. We know what to expect and I’m happy for our players. It’s a one-game season for a championship, and that’s all you could ask for.  We’ve got to treat it like it’s just another game and they’re going to wear different-colored jerseys.”

Those were the words of none other than Dick Biddle, approximately 368 days ago, when Colgate traveled down to Lehigh to face off against the Mountain Hawks for a Patriot League championship.

They are also words that could have been torn out of this week’s Biddle presser as well, perhaps adding that the Raiders have won four of their last six, and won eight of their last ten Patriot League games.

For Lehigh, it’s technically not a Championship game – they need to win this game in order to get to a Championship game, Rivalry 149 down in the friendly confines of Murray Goodman stadium.  But for Colgate, almost all the Championship Week quotes from last year still apply.

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Know Your 2013 Opponents: Colgate

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Know Your 2013 Opponents: Colgate

(Photo Credit: Albany Times-Union)

Lehigh football players probably don’t need to be reminded of the date, but it was November 10th, 2012, where Lehigh’s season ended last season.

It was the only blemish on Lehigh’s otherwise-stellar 10-1 season, but the 35-24 loss to Colgate cost Lehigh dear.

One loss.  One loss that lost the Patriot League championship.  One loss.  One loss that lost them the autobid, and ultimately, a playoff spot.  One loss.  The difference between achieving all their goals of the season, and facing an offseason of what-could-and-should-have-beens.

Lehigh’s schedule has a fair number of interesting matchups this season, as every season.  Some are challenges.  Some are Ivies.  Some are the regular array of Patriot League schools.  Some are genuine rivals.

 But for the Mountain Hawks, there is only one game that’s circled in red with the mission of revenge.  November 16th, 2013.  Colgate.
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Game Breakdown, Colgate vs. Lehigh, 11/10/2012

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Game Breakdown, Colgate vs. Lehigh, 11/10/2012

We break down the Colgate game – and we give our fearless prediction, below the flip.

Not much more needs to be said about the importance of this game.  Essentially, it’s for all the marbles.  It’s why both teams practiced in March and April, why they sacrificed their time and energy all fall, why they, essentially, do this.

It’s worth, though, looking at some detail as to how Colgate won these games.

In all four games, Colgate scored a touchdown on their first possession.  No punts, no turnovers, no field goals.  Touchdowns.

In three of the four games, Colgate scored a touchdown on their second possession.  Bucknell forced a punt in their game against the Raiders, but Colgate has mostly scored touchdowns there, too.

My point is that a big part of Colgate’s success has been early success.  If football is a game of momentum, the Raiders have been successful in large part by getting out of the gate early, and then just continuing to roll forward.  In fact, last week against Lafayette, the Raiders scored eight times in their first eight possessions – seven TDs, and one FG, and that only happened because it was at the end of the half.

Let’s look a little closer at this offense, too.

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