Fast start propels Lafayette to 14-11 victory over Lehigh

Updated Nov. 19, 2022 4:59 p.m. ET

EASTON, Pa. (AP) — Freshman Jamar Curtis ran 71 yards for a first-quarter touchdown, Billy Shaeffer returned an interception 50 yards for a score 57 seconds later and that was enough for Lafayette to beat Lehigh 14-11 on Saturday.

Curtis' long scoring run gave Lafayette (3-8, 3-3 Patriot League) a 7-0 lead with 7:59 left in the opening quarter. Shaeffer picked off a pass from Dante Perri less than a minute later and the Leopards' defense made the two quick scores stand up.

Dylan Van Dusen got Lehigh (2-9, 2-4) on the scoreboard in the second quarter with a 27-yard field goal.

Perri connected with Eric Johnson for a 13-yard touchdown with 12:06 left to play, but the two-point conversion failed and left the Mountain Hawks trailing 14-9. Lehigh added a safety with 14 seconds remaining.


Curtis finished with 108 yards on 10 carries for the Leopards. Ah-Shaun Davis completed 15 of 21 passes but for only 56 yards.

Perri had 343 yards on 29-of-57 passing for Lehigh. Johnson had seven receptions for 108 yards.


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