Oct. 26, 2013
CENTER VALLEY, Pa. - All three Patriot League football games were decided by lopsided scores on Saturday, but all did not go as expected as Bucknell stunned No. 15 Lehigh 48-10 while Lafayette and Colgate each won big on the road to move to 2-0 in Patriot League action.
The Bison (3-4, 1-2 Patriot League) dominated the Mountain Hawks (6-2, 1-1) on both sides of the ball to earn their first win over Lehigh since 1997, snapping a 15-game series winning streak for the Mountain Hawks. Bucknell scored the first 27 points and cruised to the 48-10 victory.
Lafayette (2-5, 2-0) won by a 41-23 score at Holy Cross (3-6, 1-2) as freshman quarterback Drew Reed completed 21-of-22 passes for 283 yards and five touchdowns, three of which went to Mark Ross. The senior wide receiver also set the school record for career receptions and receiving yards as the Leopards improved to 2-0 in League action for the second straight year and fourth in the last six seasons.
Colgate (3-5, 2-0) extended its Patriot League winning streak to nine games with a 34-14 victory at Georgetown (1-7, 0-2). Gavin McCarney threw for 248 yards and three touchdowns and ran for 109 and a score in the game, and in the process became just the third quarterback in FCS history to record career totals of 5,000 passing yards and 2,500 rushing yards.
The Raiders and Leopards both try to move to 3-0 next week, with Colgate hosting Bucknell and Lafayette visiting Georgetown on Saturday. Holy Cross is at undefeated Fordham, which was idle on Saturday, while Lehigh has its bye next week.
Recaps, box scores and a synopsis from each contest will be added later.
at Bucknell 48, No. 15 Lehigh 10
*Bucknell snapped a 15-game losing streak to Lehigh with a 48-10 win at home.
*The Bison beat the Mountain Hawks for the first time since 1997.
*Bucknell also knocked off a ranked opponent for the first time since beating No. 13 Holy Cross in the 2009 season finale.
*The Bison led 27-0 in the second quarter, and held at least a 24-point lead the rest of the way.
*Freshman CJ Williams carried 28 times for 154 yards and three touchdowns.
*Another freshman, Will Carter, caught six passes for 130 yards.
*Brandon Wesley completed 16-of-21 passes for 213 yards and a touchdown and ran for 40 yards and a score.
*Bucknell totaled 296 rushing yards and had five touchdowns on the ground, and held Lehigh to 85 rushing yards.
*The Bison forced five turnovers while not committing one of their own.
*Matthew Steinbeck had two of the team's four interceptions and added eight tackles.
*Evan Byers led the defense with 12 tackles, and has 39 in the last three games.
*The Bison got their first win towards the Patriot League standings since 2011.
*Bucknell posted its largest margin of victory since a 51-10 win over Towson in 2001, and highest point total since scoring 48 against Duquesne in the 2008 season opener.
*The 48 points also equaled the most by Bucknell in the 77-game series with the Mountain Hawks.
*Lee Kurfis caught eight passes for 84 yards for the Mountain Hawks.
*Tyler Ward and Colton Caslow led the Lehigh defense with 10 tackles apiece.
*The 38-point margin of defeat was Lehigh's highest since a 35-0 loss at home to Villanova in 2010.
at Holy Cross 23
*Lafayette dominated Holy Cross 41-23 behind big games from its freshman quarterback and senior wide receiver.
*Drew Reed completed 21-of-22 passes for 283 yards and five touchdowns without an interception in his first collegiate start.
*Reed completed his final 20 passes, tying the Patriot League record for consecutive completions set two weeks ago by Fordham's Mike Nebrich.
*Reed's five passing touchdowns are the most by a Lafayette QB since Rob Curley hurled a school-record seven on Nov. 7, 2009 in a 56-49 win over Colgate.
*Mark Ross had his top game of the season with eight catches for 151 yards and three touchdowns.
*Ross became the all-time school-record holder in receptions (169) and yards (2,409), surpassing John Weyrauch '04 (162, 2,406) in both categories.
*Lafayette improved to 2-0 in the Patriot League for the second straight season and fourth in the last six years.
*The Leopards broke the game open with three straight second-quarter touchdowns, with two strikes from Reed to Ross and a 41-yard interception return by Tyler Robinson for a 27-3 lead.
*Lafayette held a 27-10 halftime edge, and capped the win with touchdown passes from Reed to Ross Scheuerman and Mark Ross for a 41-10 edge in the fourth quarter.
*Scheuerman had four receptions for 67 yards and two touchdowns.
*Lafayette beat Holy Cross for the second year in a row after losing four straight to the Crusaders from 2008-11.
*Gabe Guild led the Crusaders with 23 carries for 142 yards and two touchdowns.
*Peter Pujals threw for 222 yards and a score, and also ran for 55 yards for Holy Cross.
*Mike Fess caught six passes for Holy Cross, and moved into the Patriot League top 10 with 187 career receptions.
*The Crusaders fell to 0-5 at home for the season.
Colgate 34 at Georgetown 14
*Colgate used a big day from quarterback Gavin McCarney to beat Georgetown 34-14.
*McCarney completed 20-of-28 passes for 248 yards and three touchdowns and also ran for 109 yards and a score in the game.
*It was just the second time in his career that McCarney threw three touchdown passes.
*In the process, he became just the third quarterback in FCS history with career totals of 5,000 passing yards and 2,500 rushing yards.
*After trailing briefly 7-6 in the first quarter, Colgate scored three straight touchdowns to take a 27-7 lead by halftime.
*The Raiders tacked on a touchdown in the fourth quarter for the final score after Georgetown had closed within 27-14.
*Demetrius Russell ran for 138 yards and a score as Colgate racked up a season-high 309 yards on the ground.
*John Maddaluna caught seven passes for 87 yards and two touchdowns in the game.
*Vinny Russo led the Colgate defense with nine tackles and a sack.
*Colgate won its ninth consecutive Patriot League game dating back to the 2011 season finale.
*Kyle Nolan threw for 257 yards and a touchdown and rushed for 27 yards and a score for the Hoyas.
*Zack Wilke had eight receptions for 117 yards and a touchdown for Georgetown.
*Four Hoyas had double-digit tackles, led by Patrick Boyle with 15.
*Georgetown dropped its sixth consecutive game.