Posted: November 6, 2004
– Lehigh junior quarterback Mark Borda was 15-of-30 for 288 yards and four touchdowns as No. 9 Lehigh rolled to a 49-18 victory over Georgetown
at Harbin Field on a picture-perfect Saturday afternoon.
The win improves Lehigh’s record to 8-1 on the season overall, and the Mountain Hawks remain perfect in Patriot League play with a 4-0 mark.
Meanwhile, the setback drops the Hoyas to 2-7 on the season and 0-5 against league competition.
The victory is number 600 in the storied history of Lehigh football. The Mountain Hawks join Fordham and Lafayette as the only current Patriot League member schools with 600-plus all-time wins.
It didn’t take long for the Mountain Hawks to get on the board Saturday afternoon. Lehigh junior Gerran Walker returned the game’s opening kickoff 89-yards following some excellent blocking untouched to the end zone to give Lehigh a 7-0 advantage just 15 seconds into the contest. The Hoyas responded and moved the ball 7 plays and 65 yards, scoring on an eight-yard option pitch from quarterback Andrew Crawford to freshman running back Emir Davis. The extra point was no good, keeping Lehigh in front by a slim 7-6 margin.
After a Lehigh punt and Georgetown failed fake field goal attempt, the Mountain Hawks offense got to work. Ten plays later, Borda found senior tight end Adam Bergen on a tight spiral over the middle for a 21-yard touchdown strike that made the score 14-6 in favor of the Brown & White at the end of the first quarter.
The Mountain Hawks added to their lead early in the second, as they mounted an 11-play drive that encompassed 58 yards. Lehigh went up 21-6 as Borda completed a one yard touchdown pass to Bergen in the corner of the end zone with 9:42 on the clock in the second stanza.
Trailing by 15 points, the Hoyas again answered. Emir Davis capped a 71-yard drive with a one yard dive across the plain of the goal line to cut the deficit to nine points at 21-12 with 5:28 remaining. However, for the second straight time, the Georgetown extra point attempt sailed wide.
With time winding down in the half, the Mountain Hawks built their lead back via a quick strike. Borda led Walker down the sideline, and the junior used his blazing speed to separate from the Georgetown defense and race to the end zone on a 43-yard touchdown. The Hoyas had a chance to cut the deficit, but a 48 yard field goal try was way off the mark with just three seconds left in the half. Lehigh took a 28-12 lead into halftime.
The third quarter saw the Mountain Hawks take their biggest lead of the afternoon, but they had to earn it. On third-and-long from their own three yard line, Borda caught Lee Thomas over the middle on a huge gain out past the 40 yard line. From there, it wasn’t long before Borda threw his fourth touchdown pass of the day. This time, it was a 62-yard strike to junior Winfred Porter to make the score 35-12.
However, the Hoyas again showed their resiliency. This time, the offense didn’t even take the field. Freshman Jasper Ihezie ran the ensuing kickoff back 91 yards for a score to make the score 35-18. Having found no success on extra point opportunities, the Hoyas attempted a two-point conversion, but that, too, failed.
With 1:26 left in the third quarter, Eric Rath scored on a one yard run – Lehigh’s first rushing touchdown of the day to catapult the Mountain Hawks to their largest lead of the afternoon at 42-18. That score capped a six play drive.
In the fourth quarter, Karrie Ford scooped up a Kim Sarin fumble and took it back 40 yards for the score, giving the Mountain Hawks a 49-18 lead with 8:12 remaining in the game.
For the game, sophomore Marques Thompson led Lehigh’s efforts on the ground, rushing for 99 yards on 13 carries. Adam Bergen was Lehigh’s leading receiver with seven catches for 79 yards and two touchdowns. Defensively, senior Neal Boozer-Gallman led Lehigh’s effort with eight tackles, while junior Matt Purdy added seven in the win.
The 49 points scored by the Mountain Hawks marked the most points scored by a Lehigh team since a 69-0 whitewashing of Georgetown at Goodman Stadium in 2002. Saturday’s effort was also the fourth time in 2004 that Lehigh has scored 40 or more points in a game.
The Mountain Hawks return to Goodman Stadium for the final time during the 2004 regular season next week, as Lehigh plays host to league foe Fordham. Kickoff is set for 12:30, and tickets can be purchased by calling (610) 7LU-GAME or on-line anytime at lehighsports.com.