Fordham 14

(5-5, 2-3 Patriot)

Lehigh 21

(9-1, 5-0 Patriot)

12:30 PM ET, November 13, 2004

Goodman Stadium, Bethlehem, PA

1 2 3 4 T
FOR 0 0 7 714
LEH 7 0 7 721

Top Performers

Passing: D. Daniels (FOR) - 262 YDS, 2 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: E. Rath (LEH) - 27 CAR, 148 YDS, 2 TD

Receiving: M. Melvin (FOR) - 3 REC, 83 YDS, 1 TD

Lehigh 21, Fordham 14

BETHLEHEM, Pa. (AP) -- Eric Rath rushed for 148 yards and two touchdowns to help Lehigh to a 21-14 victory over Fordham on Saturday, clinching at least a share of the Patriot League title for the Mountain Hawks.

Lehigh (9-1, 5-0 Patriot League) could win the league crown outright with a victory next Saturday over archrival Lafayette.

Fordham (5-5, 2-3) had a chance to tie after recovering an onside kick late in the fourth quarter, but saw its final drive stall.

Rath broke free for a 30-yard touchdown run on Lehigh's first offensive series of the game. Neither team scored in the second quarter and 1:49 remained in the third when Derric Daniels put Fordham on the board with a 64-yard touchdown pass to Mike Melvin.

With 30 seconds left in the quarter, however, Mark Borda hit Adam Bergen with a 46-yard touchdown pass that put Lehigh back on top, 14-7.

Fordham seemed set to tie it in the fourth when Derric Daniels connected with Darrell Taylor on a 44-yard pass that put the Rams on the Lehigh three. But on the next play, Brannan Thomas intercepted a pass in the end zone to give Lehigh the ball.

Rath gave Lehigh some breathing room with a 1-yard touchdown run with 3:16 remaining, but Daniels tossed a 35-yard touchdown pass to Taylor to make it 21-14 with 1:32 left. Fordham recovered the onside kick and began driving for the tie, but lost the ball on downs as Duane Smith stopped James Prydatko inches short of a first down on the Lehigh 35.