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Win Against CCSU Evokes Many Goodman Memories

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Win Against CCSU Evokes Many Goodman Memories

(Photo Credit: Chris Shipley/The Morning Call)

When you’ve gone to a lot of Lehigh games as I have, it’s easy to fall back on “memories” (today’s “Sunday Word”) to try to describe the action.

In a game which pretty much defied description overall, perhaps it was a requirement.

Sure, there hasn’t been a game in recent memory – certainly not in the Andy Coen Era – that featured a starting quarterback for Lehigh with less game experience than senior QB Brandon Bialkowski last Saturday.

Can you remember the last time Lehigh had eight departing seniors on defense to replace?  I can’t, either.

Yet even with all the new faces lining up for the Mountain Hawks, it was easy to see this performance alongside some of the greats in Murray Goodman history.  I mean it.  It is game one, a fact I haven’t forgotten, but I’m willing to bet that through time, this one is going to rank up there in terms of “memories” for many.
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Lehigh Outlasts CCSU In Opening Day Marathon, 51-44

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Lehigh Outlasts CCSU In Opening Day Marathon, 51-44

It looked pretty grim – so grim, in fact, that many of the announced attendance of 6,386 had already left the stadium by th beginning of the 4th quarter.

Central Connecticut State, behind a monster offensive performance by RB Rob Holloman, was methodically beating up the Lehigh defense.

There the Blue Devils were, driving to start the 4th quarter, a Lehigh facemask penalty keeping their drive alive, and finally reaching 1st and goal at the Lehigh 9.

It was the end of that drive, unbeknownst to all, that would be the difference between winning and losing their home opener.
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Game 1 Breakdown, Central Connecticut State at Lehigh, 9/7/2013

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Game 1 Breakdown, Central Connecticut State at Lehigh, 9/7/2013

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

To aid on our analysis of the visiting Blue Devils, I have to huge assist to James Madison, and Matt Straub of the New Britain Herald.  

Straub’s preseason piece on CCSU head coach Jeff McInerney shows a lot of what he wants to accomplish this season.

And James Madison, by playing CCSU last weekend, meant that I have game notes available to go on – namely, last week’s notes.  CCSU’s lack of a preview by Friday makes it hard to get a sense of the team this week through the Lehigh game notes, but the notes for the Blue Devils’ game last week is very much available.  (And necessary.)
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Know Your 2013 Opponents: Central Connecticut State

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Know Your 2013 Opponents: Central Connecticut State

“With a newly-revamped Arute Field,”, I wrote last season, “which will be able to hold upwards of 6,500 fans, Central Connecticut State will be looking to one message on their home opener against the Mountain Hawks September 8th: that they have arrived.”

This year, the Blue Devils repay Lehigh the favor, serving as the Mountain Hawks’ home opener in the first weekend of their football season on September 7th.

So what can we expect from the Blue Devils this season?

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Game 2 Breakdown, Lehigh at Central Connecticut State, 9/8/2012

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Game 2 Breakdown, Lehigh at Central Connecticut State, 9/8/2012

We break down the Central Connecticut State game – and we give our fearless prediction, below the flip.Just as I was going to write a nasty-gram about CCSU's penchant for releasing their game notes in the dead of night, their game notes finally did…

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