Courtesy of Bucknell Athletics
– Chris Lum completed 19 of 33 passes for 269 yards and three touchdowns, all to Ryan Spadola, as Lehigh defeated Bucknell 32-10 in football action Saturday afternoon in front of more than 7,000 fans at Goodman Stadium. The Bison turned the ball over three times as they came up short in their attempt to win consecutive road games for the first time since October 2008.
Lehigh (5-2, 1-0 Patriot League) scored a touchdown on its first possession and later went up 13-0 early in the second quarter. The Bison drew to within 13-7 following a short touchdown run by Travis Friend, but could not get any closer. Lehigh’s final 32-10 margin was its largest lead of the game.
Brandon Wesley was 18 of 28 for 155 yards for Bucknell (1-6, 1-1 PL) as he surpassed the 1,000-yard plateau for the season (1,036).
The Bison amassed just 80 yards of total offense in the first half, more than half of which (43 yards) came on their touchdown drive. Bucknell finished with 195 yards. Lehigh totaled 289 yards in the first half and finished the game with 466.
Lehigh dominated the time of possession in the first half, possessing the ball for 19:50. The Bison, who opened the second half with a 12-play, 64-yard drive that spanned 5:40 and ended with a 27-yard field goal from Alex Eckard, evened the time of possession in the second half as the final tally was 34:29-25:31.
The Mountain Hawks scored four times in the first half and led 23-7 at halftime. Lehigh set the tone early as it marched 67 yards on eight plays on the very first drive of the game. Lum was 5-for-7 on the drive for 54 yards.
Lehigh also capitalized on Bucknell turnovers, scoring a touchdown following a first-half Tyler Smith fumble and later closing out the scoring with a 38-yard field goal by Tom Randazza following an interception by Devin Greene.
Friend’s three-yard touchdown run, his team-high second of the season, came with 10:52 left in the second quarter. It capped a five-play, 43-yard drive. Bucknell started with excellent field position following a 53-yard kickoff return by Marlon Woods. Wesley was 3-for-3 for 26 yards on the drive. Friend plunged into the end zone when the Bison brought in their “Rhino” package, which includes defensive linemen Tyler Anderson, Kyle Boline, Robert De La Rosa and Josh Eden up front as blockers.
Anderson played a solid game on defense as he posted a career high-tying 10 tackles and combined with Eden on a sack.
Smith was Bucknell’s leading rusher with just 27 yards. The Bison had 40 yards rushing total as the Mountain Hawks posted three sacks and five tackles for loss. Lehigh’s Jay Campbell led the Mountain Hawks with 80 yards on the ground.
Bucknell, which has just one road game remaining this season, will commence a three-game homestand next Saturday against Lafayette. Kickoff on Homecoming Weekend is 1 p.m.