Bucknell Football Falls to No. 10 Lehigh, 30-6
Oct. 8, 2011
LEWISBURG, Pa. - Lehigh's Chris Lum completed 30 of 37 passes for 368 yards and four touchdowns to lead the No. 10-ranked Mountain Hawks to a 30-6 victory over the Bucknell football team Saturday afternoon at a warm and sunny Christy Mathewson-Memorial Stadium. It was the first home loss of the season for the Bison, who are now 4-2 overall and 1-1 in Patriot League play. Lehigh improved to 5-1 and is 1-0 in league play.
Lum posted his seventh consecutive 300-yard outing in the victory. He completed 10 passes to Ryan Spadola for 181 yards and a pair of touchdowns, while Jake Drwal had nine receptions for 63 yards and one score.
Lehigh, which won its fourth straight game overall and its eighth consecutive Patriot League contest, scored 20 points in the second quarter to jump out to a 23-3 halftime lead.
Bucknell managed just 94 total yards in the first half, but finished with 246 yards overall. The Bison totaled 38 yards on the ground, mainly due to 10 sacks by the Mountain Hawks' defense. Eight different Lehigh players registered at least one-half sack, led by two sacks apiece by Ben Flizack and Colin Newton.
Brandon Wesley completed 12 of 26 passes for 208 yards, but the Bison receivers dropped at least four passes. Frank DeNick was Wesley's favorite target as the senior caught five passes for 85 yards. Victor Walker had four catches for a team-high 92 yards.
Drew Orth provided all six points for the Bison with a pair of field goals of longer than 40 yards. He connected on a career-long 43-yard field goal in the waning seconds of the first half and later made a 41-yard field goal in the final minutes of the fourth quarter. The senior, who has three 40-yarders this season, also missed a 41-yard attempt in the first half.
All but three of Lehigh's 30 points came on touchdown passes from Lum. He found Jimmy Jefferson and Drwal on nine-yard strikes in the first half, while Spadola caught a 19-yard score in the first half and a 35-yard touchdown in the third quarter.
Bucknell's Josh Eden set a new NCAA FCS record when he blocked his eighth career extra point in the second quarter. It was his second block this year and his first since the season opener against Duquesne.
Lehigh finished with 416 yards of total offense, 373 coming through the air. The Mountain Hawks were 5-for-11 on third downs, while the Bison were 3-for-14.
With his 208 passing yards, Wesley is now just 58 shy of moving into the program's career top-10 list. He has 2,805 in his 17 career games.
Bucknell will head back on the road next Saturday, Oct. 15, when it faces Harvard. It will be the first meeting between the two teams since 1997.
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