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Lehigh At Yale Narrative Street: The (In)Famous 2014 Game At Yale

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Lehigh At Yale Narrative Street: The (In)Famous 2014 Game At Yale

Maybe it was the choice of senior OL Brandon Short as one of the student-athletes interviewed this Wednesday, or maybe it was the mention from junior DE Harrison Johnson that this game could be your last.

This Lehigh football team clearly remembers September 21st, 2014, the last time the Mountain Hawks went to the Yale Bowl.

It is true that it wasn’t the last time the Mountain Hawks played Yale.  There’s last year, too, that 27-12 dud that Lehigh put up against the Bulldogs, too.

But the loss last year to Yale at Murray Goodman isn’t the reason why senior QB Nick Shafnisky is calling this another “motivational game”.  It’s more about the 2014 game, and the lost season for Brandon Short.

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Hate the Gate Top Games No. 2: Lehigh 21, Colgate 14, 10/30/2004

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Hate the Gate Top Games No. 2: Lehigh 21, Colgate 14, 10/30/2004

The best part of this particular game was not only the win for Lehigh, and not only the fact that it ended up clinching a playoff game, in retrospect, for the Mountain Hawks.  It’s that it was my first-ever real sportswriting piece, for the now-defunct I-AA.org, detailing Lehigh/Colgate and the rivalry that had built up in the years before.

Below the flip, behold my first “I-AA Diary” of the game, in its entirety, pulled from the top-secret LFN archives as the No. 2 “Hate the ‘Gate” classic.
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