Posted: October 27, 2007
BETHLEHEM, Pa. – Lehigh’s offense churned out over 300 yards rushing, and the defense pitched its first shutout since 2002 as the Mountain Hawks snapped a three game losing streak with a 45-0 blanking of Georgetown on Family Weekend at Goodman Stadium. Junior tailback Matt McGowan rushed 24 times for a career-high 128 yards and two scores to lead the ground assault, as Lehigh picked up its first league win of the season as the Brown and White improves to 4-4 overall.
"It felt great to be back out there today," McGowan said afterwards in the press conference. "All of the credit goes to our offensive line and fullbacks for the way they blocked today; you could have driven a truck through some of those holes out there." He went onto add, "All week long we talked about tradition and getting back to playing football the way we know how, and that's exactly what we did today."
The Mountain Haws wasted little time putting the game away as they scored touchdowns on their first three possessions to take a 21-0 lead in the first quarter. Sophomore Chris Bokosky made his first career start at quarterback, but it was McGowan who provided the first two scores for the Brown and White. McGowan capped off an eleven play drive with a seven yard touchdown run, and then added a two yard run to make it 14-0.
On the next Hoya drive, Matt Bassuener was intercepted by junior linebacker Tim Diamond, and on the very next play, Bokosky hooked up with senior tight end Joe Sutherland on a 24 scoring pass.
Bokosy spoke of his first career touchdown pass. "It felt great to get that first one." He added, "I was excited about getting the start today, and all week long the coaches and my teammates were so supportive of me. We got back to playing Lehigh football today."
In the second quarter, Lehigh extended its lead as junior fullback Adam Watson capped off a 13 play 74 yard drive with a one yard touchdown plunge. Jason Leo added a late 27 yard field goal and Lehigh led 31-0 at the break.
Bokosky was 3-of-8 for 50 yards in the air, as the Mountain Hawks opted to keep the ball on the ground, rushing 34 times for 184 yards as a team.
Senior captain Sedale Threatt took a handful of snaps in the second quarter then led Lehigh on an eight play 63 yard drive to open the third. Threatt ran the ball in from five yards out to make it 38-0 early in the third quarter.
Lehigh added a fourth quarter touchdown on a 27 yard screen pass from freshman J.B. Clark to senior Rich Forman.
Offensively, Lehigh rushed the ball 58 times for 307 yards and out gained Georgetown 421-148. Freshmen Kwesi Kankam and Jaren Walker combined to rush 19 times for 100 yards. Sutherland was the only Mountain Hawk to catch more than one pass, as he caught two for 47 yards.
Georgetown falls to 1-8 overall, 1-3 in the league with the setback.
The Mountain Hawks will return to the gridiron next Saturday when they visit Colgate. Kickoff is set for 12:30 p.m. from Andy Kerr Stadium in Hamilton, N.Y. The contest will be televised live on WFMZ-TV as well as Fox College Sports Pacific and Lehighsports.com with Steve Degler, Mike Yadush ’93 and Mike Perlow on the call. The game will also be broadcast live on ESPN Radio 1230 and 1320 as well as Lehighsports.com with streaming video and audio powered by Yahoo! Sports. Matt Kerr, Kody Fedorcha ‘00 and Matt Markus will provide the audio commentary.
EXTRA POINTS… The playing field at Goodman Stadium was covered by three tarps for 24 hours prior to game time as heavy rains fell on the Lehigh Valley Friday night and Saturday morning… 9,084 fans attended the contest on Lehigh’s family weekend… Bokosky and Clark both threw their first career touchdown passes… Lehigh avoided its first four game losing streak in 15 years… Lehigh’s last shutout was a 69-0 rout of Georgetown in September 2002… the last time Lehigh rushed for over 300 yards as a team also came against Georgetown, in 2005.