Courtesy of the Patriot League
CENTER VALLEY, Pa.
- Lehigh took the lead for good late in the third quarter and pulled away in the final minutes to win at Georgetown, 24-7, and claim the outright Patriot League Football title and an automatic berth to the NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision playoffs.
The Mountain Hawks claim their first Patriot League title since 2006, and first outright crown since 2001. They will be heading to the FCS playoffs for the first time since 2004. Lehigh wins its ninth Patriot League title, three more than any other program.
Lehigh re-gained the lead for good with 1:14 left in the third quarter on a three-yard touchdown run by Michael Colvin. It completed a five-play, 71-yard drive that spanned just over two minutes. The Mountain Hawks put the game away in the final minutes, with Jay Campbell scoring on an 11-yard run and a two-point conversion following with 4:40 to play and a field goal providing the final margin.
Lehigh has a 4-0 mark in Patriot League action, and will try to complete a perfect League season when it visits rival Lafayette next week.
Colgate and Holy Cross are the next two teams in the Patriot League standings after wins on the road Saturday. The Raiders defeated Bucknell, 31-7, while the Crusaders knocked off Lafayette, 37-27. Colgate finishes at 3-2 in the League standings, with Holy Cross at 2-2, Georgetown 2-3 and Lafayette and Bucknell each at 1-3.