Sept. 24, 2011
Center Valley, Pa. - No. 15/16 Lehigh won a matchup of ranked squads while Bucknell and Georgetown coasted to victories on the road to highlight a 3-3 mark for Patriot League football teams on Saturday.
The Mountain Hawks took the lead in the second quarter and held off No. 23 Liberty the rest of the way to defeat the Flames, 27-24, in Bethlehem.
Bucknell secured its first-ever win at Princeton with a dominating effort on defense in a 34-9 victory, while Georgetown scored its most points as a Patriot League member with a 52-28 trouncing of Marist. All three winning teams improved their record to 3-1 for the season.
Fordham, Lafayette and Colgate all fell in their non-League action. The Rams gave up a late score in a 21-17 loss at Rhode Island, while the Leopards lost at Stony Brook, 37-20, and the Raiders dropped a 42-17 final at Towson.
A full synopsis of each contest is posted below, along with links for recaps and box scores from each of the teams in action on Saturday.
at No. 15/16 Lehigh 27, No. 23 Liberty 24
Bethlehem, Pa. - Lehigh (3-1) scored 20 second-quarter points to take the lead and held off Liberty the rest of the way as the No. 15/16 Mountain Hawks beat the No. 23 Flames, 27-24, on Saturday at Goodman Stadium.
The Mountain Hawks grabbed a 10-3 lead early in the quarter when Chris Lum tossed a 55-yard touchdown strike to Ryan Spadola. Liberty answered with a touchdown less than a minute later to tie the score, and later went up 17-13 with 2:22 to go in the period. Just 17 seconds later, Lehigh took a lead it would not relinquish when Lum threw a 73-yard touchdown pass to Keith Sherman for a 20-17 advantage.
Lehigh built its lead to 27-17 on a touchdown run by Michael Colvin early in the third quarter, but Liberty responded to cut it to 27-24 with 2:45 to play in the period. Neither team would score again, in part because of a big play from the Lehigh defense. Liberty drove deep into Lehigh territory looking to tie or go ahead when Fred Mihal forced a fumble and Billy Boyko recovered to give Lehigh possession with 5:34 left. Lehigh would control the ball for the next five minutes, then dodge a scare at the end of the game as Liberty came up short on a 54-yard field goal attempt.
Lum had his fourth 300-yard game of the season, completing 18-of-38 passes for 300 yards and two touchdowns. Spadola caught seven passes for 121 yards and a touchdown, while Jake Drwal had seven receptions for 69 yards. Sherman ran for 81 yards in addition to the touchdown reception. Mike Groome led the defense with 12 tackles, and the unit forced three Liberty turnovers.
Bucknell 34 at Princeton 9
Princeton, N.J. - Just one year removed from a 1-10 season, Bucknell is off to a 3-1 start for the first time since 2008 after an impressive 34-9 victory at Princeton on Saturday at Princeton Stadium.
The Bison had an outstanding game on defense, with senior defensive end Josh Eden recording a safety, interception return for a touchdown, half-sack and forced fumble in addition to four tackles. Eden got the Bison on the board with the safety late in the first quarter after Princeton had opened with a field goal, then forced a fumble inside the 10 yard line to set up a touchdown run by Brandon Wesley that put Bucknell up 10-3 with 11:46 left in the second quarter. With less than a minute to play in the half, Eden completed his outstanding stretch with a 27-yard interception return for a touchdown as Bucknell took a 17-3 lead into intermission.
Bucknell continued to build the lead in the second half, with a field goal and another Wesley touchdown run making it 27-3 early in the fourth quarter. Wesley completed the scoring with less than four minutes to play in the game with his third touchdown run of the evening.
Wesley completed 16-of-23 passes for 138 yards and ran for 76 yards and the three touchdowns. The Bison limited Princeton to 74 yards on the ground and 248 yards of total offense. The defense also forced six turnovers, with Bryce Robertson intercepting a pair of passes in the endzone. Bucknell won at Princeton for the first time in 13 tries, and also snapped a nine-game losing skid against Ivy League foes.
Georgetown 52 at Marist 28
Poughkeepsie, N.Y. - With its highest scoring output since Halloween of 1998, Georgetown ran its record to 3-1 for the second consecutive season with a 52-28 thumping of Marist on Saturday at Tenney Stadium.
The Hoyas scored early and often for their most points as a Patriot League member. Scott Darby threw a 39-yard touchdown pass to Max Waizenegger and ran for a score in the first quarter as Georgetown took a 14-0 lead. Marist cut the gap to 14-7, but Georgetown pulled away with touchdown runs by Brandon Durham and Nick Campanella and held a 28-14 lead at the half.
Darby threw touchdown passes to Waizenegger and Jeremiah Kayal in the third quarter, but each time Marist answered with a touchdown of its own to stay within striking distance at 42-28 early in the fourth quarter. Georgetown put the game away from there, with Darby throwing his fourth touchdown pass of the day to Kevin Macari and Brett Weiss adding a field goal for the 52-28 final.
Darby had an outstanding afternoon, completing 18-of-22 passes for 211 yards and the four touchdowns and rushing for 50 yards and the score. Durham had 103 yards on the ground and Campanella finished with 80 as Georgetown held a 279-49 edge in rushing yardage. The Hoyas racked up a 490-354 advantage in total offense. The defense forced four turnovers, with Robert McCabe recording 12 tackles and an interception. Andrew Schaetzke finished with nine tackles and two sacks.
at Rhode Island 21, Fordham 17
Kingston, R.I. - Fordham (1-2) rallied to take a 17-14 lead late in the fourth quarter, but saw Rhode Island come back with a touchdown of its own to pull out a 21-17 victory over the Rams on Saturday at Meade Stadium.
Fordham fell behind 14-3 at the half, but started to rally in the third quarter. Peter Maetzold threw a 19-yard touchdown pass to Carlton Koonce to cut Rhode Island's lead to 14-10 with 3:03 left in the period. It stayed that way until the closing minutes of the fourth quarter when Maetzold scored on a 19-yard rush to give Fordham its first lead of the game at 17-14 with 3:52 left. But the Fordham defense could not hold the advantage, as Rhode Island went 78 yards in 2:32 to claim a 21-17 lead with 1:13 to play. Fordham advanced to the Rhode Island 21 yard line in the closing seconds, but Maetzold was picked off and the Rams suffered a tough loss.
Maetzold completed 19-of-35 passes for 166 yards and a touchdown. The Rams stayed in the game despite being outrushed 350-28 and outgained 451-194 in total yardage. Punter Patrick Murray was a big reason why, as he averaged 52.1 yards per punt and placed six of his eight kicks inside the 20. Andre Delaire led the defense with 16 tackles, including 11 solo stops.
at Stony Brook 37, Lafayette 20
Stony Brook, N.Y. - Despite a 400-yard passing game from quarterback Andrew Shoop, Lafayette (1-3) could not control Stony Brook's offense in the second half and fell to the Seawolves, 37-20, on Saturday at LaValle Stadium.
Lafayette took an early 6-0 lead on a pair of field goals, with Stony Brook kicking two field goals of its own to knot the score at 6-6 at the half. Stony Brook came out strong in the second half with two touchdowns to take a 20-6 edge. Shoop threw a 52-yard touchdown pass to Mitchell Bennett to bring the Leopards within 20-13, but Stony Brook scored 10 straight points for a 30-13 lead in the fourth quarter. Shoop tossed a six-yard touchdown to Mark Ross to bring Lafayette back within 30-20 with 7:53 left, but Stony Brook added another touchdown to seal the 37-20 victory.
Shoop completed 32-of-56 passes for 400 yards with two touchdowns, becoming the the first Lafayette quarterback to hit 400 since Marko Glavic threw for a school-record 453 yards vs. Columbia on Oct. 22, 2003. Ross Scheuerman had 303 all-purpose yards in the game, including 90 on the ground on 10 carries and four receptions for 69 yards. Bennett had 10 receptions for 135 yards and a touchdown, while Ross had seven catches for 92 yards and the score and Greg Stripe caught seven balls for 83 yards. Lafayette had a 486-335 advantage in total offense. Evan McGovern and Ben Eaton led the defense with eight tackles apiece.
at Towson 42, Colgate 17
Towson, Md. - Colgate (1-3) dropped its third straight game as Towson scored 35 consecutive points in the second and third quarters and went on to a 42-17 win over the Raiders on Saturday at Johnny Unitas Stadium.
The Raiders led 3-0 after the first quarter, but Towson tallied a pair of touchdowns in the second quarter and three more in the third to pull away. Colgate got touchdown runs from Zauhn Lewis and Johnathan Mputu in the fourth quarter, but it wasn't enough to make up the deficit.
Lewis had a career-high 144 yards on the ground, while Gavin McCarney ran for 94 while completing 14-of-27 passes for 113 yards and a touchdown. The Raiders had 232 yards rushing in the game. Jordan McCord had 14 tackles to lead the defense, while Chris DiMassa had 11 stops. Colgate lost to Towson for the first time in 10 all-time meetings.