The Lehigh Mountain Hawks’ dreams of a perfect season and a third consecutive Patriot League title were dashed at Goodman Stadium Saturday in a 35-24 loss to the Colgate Raiders.
Colgate, which trailed by 10 points at halftime, held Lehigh scoreless in the second half, earning the Raiders the league title and an automatic berth in the Football Championship Subdivision playoffs.
Both teams came into Saturday’s contest undefeated in league play, though Lehigh was 9-0 overall. Colgate started the season 1-3, but has now won six in a row.
The loss was heartbreaking for Lehigh, which came into the game having won 18 consecutive regular season contests.
On the attached highlight video by Lehigh Athletics, Lehigh Coach Andy Coen said that he believes the Mountain Hawks still have a good chance to be a playoff team, particularly if it can claim its 10th win in next Saturday’s season finale with rival Lafayette College in Easton.
Next week’s game will be the 148th meeting of Lehigh and Lafayette, which is the oldest rivalry in college football.