New Hampshire knocks out Lehigh in FCS playoffs
DURHAM, N.H. (AP) Dalton Crossan rushed 24 times for 184 yards and had three total touchdowns, and New Hampshire jumped out to a 36-7 lead for a 64-21 victory over Lehigh on Saturday in the first round of the FCS playoffs.
It was the second-most points ever scored by New Hampshire, which previously scored 70, and Lehigh allowed the most points in program history, passing a 61-28 loss to Colgate in 1997.
New Hampshire (8-4) will face No. 4 seed James Madison on Saturday.
Crossan had 15 carries in the first half for 101 yards and two touchdowns. He put New Hampshire ahead 15-0 in the first half after a 5-yard run and a 9-yard receiving touchdown. Adam Riese made it 22-0 after connecting with Neil O'Connor for 35 yards early in the second quarter.
After Lehigh (9-3) got on the board with 7:19 left in the second quarter on Dominick Bragalone's 35-yard touchdown, New Hampshire scored two more touchdowns for a 36-7 lead. Riese had a 16-yard run and Crossan went in from the 1.
Lehigh scored on its first possession of the second half to pull to 36-21 but New Hampshire answered with Trevon Bryant's 10-yard score.
Bryant added a 48-yard score for the longest run of his career and his 113 yards and two TDs set career-highs. Lehigh entered with just eight turnovers on the season, but turned it over four times.