Punts have greeted us in a defensive battle thus far.
DE Brian McNally came around the edge, almost unobstructed, and gets a record-breaking sack of Devlin, forcing a punt.
A beautiful catch by Delaware WR Nihja White - a reaching grab - is being reviewed in the booth. One of the funny quirks about playoff games on ESPN is that you get replay timeouts that you normally don't get during regular season games.
The officials reversed the call. The replay showed that he juggled the ball.
Delaware's defense stiffens after first-and-goal. Toman and RB Sean Jellison's spread attack did not work.
A 23 yard chip-shot FG by Mike MacArthur is good, making the early score UNH 3, Delaware 0,
Celebrity sightings at Tubby Raymond field: Vice President Joe Biden (UD alum) and Oregon head coach Chip Kelly, a former assistant coach to Sean McDonnell, is in town watching his former team. (Note to ESPN: ask him about playoffs and a Real national championship vs. the crystal ball he'll be playing for! Please?)
Toman's ankle, supposedly not 100%, looks awfully good after running designed QB runs through the middle for two big first downs.
After trading punts, WR Terance Fox made a spectacular one-handed grab when QB R.J. Toman was flushed out of the pocket to get a first down. Highlight material, that, down the right-hand side barely evading strong coverage.
On Coastal Carolina. Everyone has to make a bid by a certain deadline. CCU was still in contention and they followed through, no matter how unlikely it was that they would get it. I am sure that CCU made a pretty hefty bid, as did North Dakota State, Georgia Southern and Northern Iowa.
North Dakota State barely made it into the field. The bubble's burst for: Jacksonville (10-1) and Liberty (8-3). The Flames have to be wondering how they lost both the Big South autobid and the at-large bid. Woofed two years in a row.
That 6-5 Coastal Carolina is hosting is by far the biggest surprise of the Bracket. How on earth did they even make their bid to the NCAA? They found out they made the playoffs at 6PM, at best. Did the check even clear?
WIU @ CCU?
So the Bison make their first visit to the D-I playoffs with SEMO and Robert Morris!
That's it: the clock reads 0, and the final score is Lehigh 34, Holy Cross 17. If Colgate holds onto their 24-14 lead over Lafayette, Lehigh will be no worst than co-champions of the Patriot League, and would win the title and the autobid outright if they win at Goergetown next weekend. Thanks for following!
TD pass, QB Ryan Taggart to WR Bill Edger on a 6 yard TD pass, and they had to earn it. XP makes it Lehigh 34, Holy Cross 17, 6 seconds left.
Holy Cross lost the ball on downs. Lehigh ball, and they will win this game.
Short drive stalled at the 4, but a 21 yard FG by PK Tom Randazza allows Lehigh to build on their lead. Lehigh 31, Holy Cross 10, 7:00 left.
On the kickoff, Lehigh LB Mike Groome forced a fumble, which was recovered by Lehigh DB Bryan Andrews. The wheels might be coming off Holy Cross now.
TD RB Zach Barket, on aA beautiful counter trey and Barket, just like he did sixty-six times his senior year at Schuykill Haven High School, juked and duked the defense for an 18 yard TD! XP good! Lehigh 28, Holy Cross 10, 10:06 left, 4Q.
A chuck at the line of scrimmage means an incomplete 3rd-and-10 become a 1st and goal. WR Gerald Mistretta got a handoff in motion and went around the left side for the TD. XP, after some indicator that theymay go for 2, was good after PK Rob Dornfried booteed it through. Lehigh 21, Holy Cross 10, :12 left, 3rd Q.
Fess with a beautiful grab on third down to keep the drive alive.
Holy Cross with some positive momentum, first after QB Ryan Taggart wrigged free on a near-sack and got a first down, and another nice sideline pattern to WR Bill Edger. Crusaders driving.