LEWISBURG, Pa. – The Bucknell football team received plenty of recognition on Monday following its dominant 48-10 victory over No. 15 Lehigh as three players earned weekly awards. Freshman RB CJ Williams (Cockeysville, Md./Calvert Hall/Navy Prep) was named Bison Athlete of the Week, while junior S Matthew Steinbeck (Pittsburgh, Pa./North Allegheny) earned Patriot League Defensive Player of the Week Honors and junior K Derek Maurer (Piscataway, N.J./Piscataway) collected the Patriot League Special Teams Player of the Week award.
Bucknell snapped a 15-game losing streak to the Mountain Hawks on Homecoming at Christy Mathewson-Memorial Stadium. The Bison built a 27-0 first-half lead, forced five turnovers and piled up a season-high 509 yards of total offense en route to their highest point total since 2008.
Williams, who is ranked 30th nationally in rushing yards per game, was a big part of Bucknell’s offense that registered a season-high 296 rushing yards. He rushed 28 times for a career-high 154 yards, his third 100-yard outing of the season. Williams is one of just 30 players in program history with at least three career 100-yard games and his 582 yards this season are the most by a Bison freshman since Rich Lemon in 1993.
Against Lehigh, Williams also rushed for three touchdowns. He has now scored a team-high six times this year.
Steinbeck was one of a number of standouts on the Bison defense that limited Lehigh to its fewest points since the Mountain Hawks were shut out in the 2011 NCAA playoffs. He finished the game with eight tackles, two interceptions and one pass breakup. It was the third multi-interception game of Steinbeck’s career as he moved into a tie for seventh place on the program’s career list with 10.
A 2012 First Team All-Patriot League selection who led the conference in interceptions a year ago, Steinbeck is ranked fifth in the nation in interceptions per game this season.
Maurer was a perfect 8-for-8 on kicks on Saturday, converting two field goals (28 & 32 yards) and six extra points. He also took over kickoff duties in the second half and averaged 64.0 yards on two kicks. He is now 7-for-8 on field goals and 16-for-17 on extra points this year. Maurer, who is in his first year kicking field goals and extra points, ranks second on the team in points (37) and is listed 15th nationally in field goal percentage.
All three Bison were honored with their weekly awards for the first time in their careers.
Bucknell (3-4, 1-2 PL), which won at Dartmouth Oct. 19, will aim for its first in-season three-game winning streak since 2004 when it travels to Colgate this Saturday, Nov. 2, for a 1 p.m. contest.