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David Coulson

UNH at Lehigh

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BETHLEHAM, PA. It didn't take long for New Hampshire to get on the scoreboard in this matchup between two top-25 FCS teams.

The Wildcats sliced through the Mountain Hawk defense to go 75 yards in nine plays, with Kevin Decker scoring on a third-down, two-yard bootleg to make it 7-0 with 12:17 remaining in the first quarter.

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  1. dcoulson's Avatar
    Probably the last play you would expect on fourth and five is for a team to run a middle screen. But that is exactly what Lehigh did to even the score. A 26-yard pass from Chris Lum to tailback Zach Barkett went for the touchdown. And the track meet is on.
  2. dcoulson's Avatar
    Lehigh forced a three and out on UNH's second drive, but a roughing the punter penalty on a near block gave the Wildcats a first down at the UNH 42.
  3. dcoulson's Avatar
    Gabe Johnson hit Kevin Decker on a corner blitz to force a bad throw that Bryan Andrews intecepted and returned into UNH territory midway through the first period.
  4. dcoulson's Avatar
    Sometimes it is just as important to be a little cagey to get something done on the football field. Lehigh took advantage of the turnover to score again when Zach Barket got away with a push off in the end zone to get separation from the defense for a 10-yard scoring strike from Chris Lum. It is 13-7 Lehigh with just over four minutes left in the first period.
    Updated 09-10-2011 at 12:13 PM by dcoulson
  5. dcoulson's Avatar
    UNH got away with an obvious holding call to score on another Kevin Decker rushing TD. It was a 14-play, 75-yard drive that set up the two-yard score to make it 14-13 UNH with 14:05 remaining in the half.
  6. dcoulson's Avatar
    Lehigh is absolutely slicing up the UNH defense. The Mountain Hawks scored again with 10:18 left in the second quarter as Ryan Spanola caught a 12-yard pass at the goal line from Lum to put Lehigh ahead 20-14. The Mountain Hawks went 78 yards in seven plays.
  7. dcoulson's Avatar
    And it was New Hampshire's turn to score. Kevin Decker lofted a 17-yard pass to Joey Orlando on a rollout to push the Wildcats back in front 21-20 with 7:16 left on the second quarter clock. The Wildcats went 70 yards in eight plays and converted a fourth and two at one point to keep the drive alive.
  8. dcoulson's Avatar
    UNH linebacker Matt Evans saved a first down with a tackle on third and short to leave the Mountain Hawks a yard short. Lehigh punted for the first time to give the Wildcats the ball at their own 13 with 3:53 left in the half.
  9. dcoulson's Avatar
    Lehigh held UNH on the eight to set up a fourth and three. Mike MacArthur's 25-yard field goal boosted the Wildcat lead to 24-20 to conclude a 10-play, 80-yard drive that whittled 3:10 off the clock. Lehigh has 37 seconds left to go 80 yards before halftime.
  10. dcoulson's Avatar
    Ryan Spanola goes for 24 on a reception and Sergio Fernandez-Soto forced Lehigh to burn its final time out of the half at the Mountain Hawk 49 when he couldn't get out of bounds. 18 seconds are left.
  11. dcoulson's Avatar
    UNH held and the half ends with the Wildcats ahead 24-20.
  12. dcoulson's Avatar
    Joey Orlando had a fine first half for New Hampshire with six catches for 92 yards and a 17-yard TD reception. But he struck again with a 56-yard punt return for a touchdown with 12:29 remaining in the third period to give the Wildcats a 31-20 lead.

    Lehigh had a drive killed by a holding call after taking the opening kickoff of the half.
  13. dcoulson's Avatar
    Following the punt return touchdown for Orlando, the game turned dramatically when Chris Lum fired an interception to give the Wildcats the ball again at the Lehigh 26.
  14. dcoulson's Avatar
    R.J. Harris got loose in the end zone for a 12-yard pass from Kevin Decker to push the Wildcats to a 38-20 lead just three minutes into the second half. A promising start for Lehigh looks to be crumbling.
  15. dcoulson's Avatar
    After throwing for 168 yards in the first half, Chris Lum tossed his second interception in the second half, missing a man in the end zone on third and 10 from the 13. Down 38-20 midway through the second half, Lehigh is in trouble.
  16. dcoulson's Avatar
    Lehigh got a huge break when Joey Orlando tried to do too much on a punt return and fumbled the ball to the Mountain Hawks at the Wildcat 12.
  17. dcoulson's Avatar
    Lehigh tight end Mark Wickware missed out on a touchdown when his left foot touched the sideline in the end zone on first down after the fumble. But Jake Drwal caught a TD pass from Chris Lum on third and nine as he was being held by UNH linebacker Matt Evans. The extra point made it UNH 38, Lehigh 27 with 2:10 left in the third period. Lum has thrown four TD passes in each of his first two games this season.
  18. dcoulson's Avatar
    After another defensive stop, Lehigh has the ball at its own 29 as the fourth quarter begins.
  19. dcoulson's Avatar
    Lum caught UNH in a blitz on a key third down to complete a pass to tight end Jamel Haggins at the UMNH 14.
  20. dcoulson's Avatar
    First and goal at the UNH four.
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