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Lehigh rallies past Lafayette to claim Patriot League championship

The 153rd meeting of Lehigh-Lafayette was a tale of two halves, much like the Mountain Hawks' season.

The Mountain Hawks' first half mirrored their 0-5 start after yielding 206 yards and turning the ball over three times to fall into a 24-14 hole. But much like the second half of its season, Lehigh bounced back after halftime scoring three touchdowns and relying on a defensive effort that limited the Leopards to just 24 yards in the second half to claim a 38-31 victory at Goodman Stadium. The Lehigh-Lafayette game was presented by JFR Salvage.

The win, Lehigh's third straight in the Rivalry, clinched the Mountain Hawks' league-best 12th Patriot League championship and second straight. Lehigh and Colgate tied at 5-1 in league play, but the Mountain Hawks clinched the league's automatic bid to the NCAA playoffs by way of their 41-38 win in Hamilton, N.Y. on Oct. 7.

Read the full game recap at LehighSports.com. 

See photos from the game here. 

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Senior Gatlin Casey in the end zone after scoring a touchdown

Senior Gatlin Casey hauled in a 41-yard fourth-quarter touchdown reception to give Lehigh the lead. 

Group on the football field

The win gives the Mountain Hawks their 12th Patriot League Championship and earns them an automatic bid to the NCAA playoffs. 

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