Lehigh 27, Monmouth (NJ) 17
BETHLEHEM, Pa. (AP)
Michael Colvin passed for 221 yards and two touchdowns in his debut as Lehigh's starting quarterback and the Mountain Hawks defeated Monmouth (N.J.) 27-17 on Saturday in the teams' season opener.
Lehigh, which made it to the Football Championship Subdivision quarterfinals last season, took a 14-0 lead and led 21-7 at halftime before Monmouth battled back with 10 third-quarter points.
Monmouth drove to the Lehigh 10 in the fourth quarter, but the Mountain Hawks stopped Julian Hayes for no gain at their 7 and forced a fumble on fourth-and-1 with 7:12 remaining.
Lehigh, which has won its last 10 regular-season games, added a final touchdown on the last play when it recovered a Monmouth fumble after a completion and a couple of laterals.
Colvin, a senior, completed 17 of 32 for Lehigh with two interceptions. Ryan Spadola had nine catches for 111 yards after catching 96 passes a year ago.