BETHLEHEM, PA – Two Ethan Torres FGs, one 26 yards, and one 24 yards, were enough to put the Bucknell Bison atop the Patriot League South Division, shutting out Lehigh at Murray Goodman Stadium 6-0.
The Bucknell defense held the Mountain Hawks to 190 total yards and only 23 yards rushing. DL Mike Bright Jr. led the way with 2 sacks and LB Gerritt van Italie led the Bison with 7 tackles.
The last time Lehigh was shut out at home at Goodman was a 35-0 loss to Villanova in the 2010 season.
Lehigh’s best chance to score came in the first quarter, when the Mountain Hawks took the opening drive and surged to the Bucknell 10 yard line. But Lehigh couldn’t convert after second down, and a missed 27 yard FG was the closest Lehigh would get the entire game.
Bucknell only scored the two Torres field goals, but play after play Bucknell’s senior-laden team would get the plays they needed to convert 4th downs and keep drives alive. They played turnover-free ball and only were flagged for one penalty all game.
Special teams played a big part as well, as a critical fumble recovery by Ryan Brida allowed Bucknell to keep a late 4th quarter drive alive.
Bucknell will finish out their regular season next week against Fordham, then await who wins the North to see who they will play for the Patriot League Championship on April 17th.
Chuck has been writing about Lehigh football since the dawn of the internet, or perhaps it only seems like it. He’s executive editor of the College Sports Journal and has also written a book, The Rivalry: How Two Schools Started the Most Played College Football Series.
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