ESPN2 and ESPNU to Feature Lafayette-Lehigh Football Rivalry

PATRIOTLEAGUE.ORG Lafayette Head Coach Frank Tavani's squad has taken three of the last four meetings in college football's most-played rivalry.
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Lafayette Head Coach Frank Tavani's squad has taken three of the last four meetings in college football's most-played rivalry.
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Oct. 5, 2006

Patriot League football rivals Lafayette and Lehigh will be one of 10 college gridiron series to be showcased as part of ESPNU Honor Roll: College Football's Top 10. Lafayette-Lehigh will be shown during Honor Roll: College Football's Top 10 Greatest Rivalries on Oct. 13 at 7:30 p.m. on ESPN2 and again on Oct. 15 at 8:30 p.m. on ESPNU.

This year's Lafayette-Lehigh contest scheduled for Nov. 18 at 1 p.m. at Lafayette's Fisher Stadium in Easton, Pa. will be the 142nd all-time meeting between the two programs on the gridiron. Princeton and Yale hold the next longest-running series at 128 games.

This series first kicked off on Oct. 25, 1884 in Easton, Pa. For the 17 of the first 18 years, Lafayette and Lehigh faced one another twice a season in a home-and-home series with a third contest being played in 1891 in Wilkes Barre, Pa. Only once during the 122-year run have these teams not faced one another on the gridiron - 1896.

Lafayette has won the last two games, and three of the last four in the series. The Leopards also hold a slim advantage overall with 74 wins to Lehigh's 62. Five of the games have ended in a tie (all in Easton, Pa.), including the 100th meeting (6-6 on Nov. 21, 1964).

Beginning in 1960 the media in attendance selected the game's Most Valuable Player. There have been only four two-time winners - two student-athletes from each school. In 1976 Lafayette's Mark Jones and Lehigh's Rod Garner were both selected, the only time co-MVPs were awarded.

Both teams hold a slight edge in games played at home - Lafayette 39-22-5 (.629), Lehigh 39-35 (.527). The Leopards have won the most consecutive games at 10 from 1919-28, while the Mountain Hawks' longest run is also the most recent - seven games from 1995-2001.

The Lafayette-Lehigh rivalry will be the second ESPNU Honor Roll: College Football's Top 10 60-minute telecast in a series of 10, which will also highlight college football's greatest quarterbacks, greatest games, greatest stadiums and many other topics beginning Oct. 6 and running through the remainder of the year.

In addition, Patriot League full-time members Army and Navy (I-A in football) will also be featured during the greatest rivalries episode as well.

ESPNU can be found on DirecTV channel 609 and Dish Network channel 148.