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Lehigh Football: Two Key Match-ups for Game vs. Colgate

November 14, 2014 • John Ulecka • Front Page, Lehigh Football, NCAA

The Lehigh University Mountain Hawks (2-7; 1-3) football team will host the Colgate University Raiders (4-6; 2-2 in Patriot League) on Saturday afternoon in a seemingly meaningless Patriot League match-up. Colgate University, honoring their 14 senior players in the squad’s final 2014 home game against Lafayette last Saturday, is looking to finish the season strong and hit the .500 mark, while a very young Lehigh University squad is just looking to gain momentum heading into their 2015 campaign.

Johnny has laid out a couple key match-ups to watch out for in tomorrow afternoon’s Patriot League showdown in Bethlehem, PA:

Lehigh Offense vs Colgate Defense

Colgate has surrendered 32.6 points per game and 435 total yards per game on defense this season. Lehigh’s sophomore Quarterback Nick Shafnisky should be able to rack up the yards Saturday. The emergence of freshman WR Troy Pelletier gives the Mountain Hawks another weapon alongside senior Josh Parris, so it will certainly be a tough test for the Raiders. This could be the start a struggling Lehigh team needs for early momentum into 2015.

Colgate Ground Attack vs. Lehigh Run Defense

Colgate averages 191 yards/game on the ground while this Lehigh defensive attack gives up a concerning 200+ yards per game on the ground. Lehigh is not a big team up front, making up for that in speed and quickness, but only surrendering 131 yards to a good Holy Cross team is something to build upon. The Lehigh linebackers will need to get off blocks to stop RB Demetrius Russell and QB Gavin McCarney (both over 600 rushing yards this year).

Photo: lehighsports.com

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