Bucknell recovers onside kick, gets FG for 1st win of season

BETHLEHEM, Pa. (AP) — Matt Schearer made a 19-yard field goal with 18 seconds left and Bucknell won its first game of the season with a 19-17 victory over Lehigh on Saturday.

Trailing 17-10, Nick Semptimphelter found Marques Owens on a deep ball to get to the 2-yard line and Rushawn Baker punched it in before the extra point was blocked. The Bison recovered the onside kick to get it back at the Lehigh 47 and Semptimphelter connected on another deep ball to Charlie Kreinbucher, setting up Schearer’s make.

Semptimphelter was 13 of 28 for 146 yards and Baker had two touchdowns.

Bucknell (1-6, 1-2 Patriot) led 7-3 at halftime despite just two first downs and 38 total yards. The Bison defense forced three turnovers in the second quarter, with Alex Smith Jr. and Brent Jackson each intercepting a pass from different Lehigh quarterbacks. Smith’s interception led to a 3-yard touchdown run by Baker.

Dante Perri was 19 of 34 for 160 yards for Lehigh (1-7, 1-2). Geoffrey Jamiel had nine catches for 70 yards.

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