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
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
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.