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25 Years Ago, My First Lehigh/Lafayette Game

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25 Years Ago, My First Lehigh/Lafayette Game

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Twenty-five years ago, I went to my first Lehigh/Lafayette game and almost saw a record held by Sean Payton fall.

As a part of Eastern Illinois’ high-powered passing offense, Payton owned a I-AA record for most passing yards in a half.

Lehigh QB Jim Harris came – incredibly – one yard short of the record of passing yards in a single half, 372 yards.

And while the potent battle of great Engineer and Leopard offenses (or, perhaps, the struggle of two subpar Engineer and Leopard defenses) would end up in a 52-45 win for Lafayette in Easton, it served as my first-ever view of The Rivalry as an undergrad.

You could say it’s the reason why I’m doing this today.
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