By Shawn Wood
For The Daily Item
LEWISBURG -- C.J. Williams rushed for a career-high 154 yards and scored a career-best three touchdowns as Bucknell capitalized on five Lehigh turnovers to upset the No.15 ranked Mountain Hawks, 48-10, in Patriot League play on Saturday at Christy Mathewson-Memorial Stadium.
Bucknell (3-4, 1-2 PL) recovered a fumble on the opening kickoff at the Lehigh 23. Three plays later, Derek Maurer kicked a 32-yard field goal to give the Bison a 3-0 lead.
It was a lead they would never relinquish.
"I would liked to have seen us get seven points out of the turnover, but being able to get the first strike gave our kids a lot of confidence," Bison coach Joe Susan said.
Ryan Pandy gave Lehigh (6-1, 1-1 PL) its first points of the game on a 25-yard field goal with 5:56 left in the second quarter. By then, the Bison had jumped out to a 27-0 lead, having scored on their first five possessions.
Bucknell finished the game with 509 yards in total offense, well above its season average of 277.2, which is last in the Patriot League.
Lehigh came in as the leagues' top-ranked scoring team, averaging 42 points per game.
The win for Bucknell was the first over Lehigh since 1998 and it was the most points scored by the Bison in the series since 1954.
Williams, a freshman from Maryland, scored on runs of 2, 17 and 8 yards.
"The turnover on the opening kickoff was great for our momentum," Williams said. "We knew this was our game to win against Lehigh. We stepped up as a team from top to bottom."
Bucknell's defense intercepted three different Mountain Hawk quarterbacks four times and held Lehigh to 85 yards on the ground. Lehigh came in averaging 134.7 yards per game.
"This was a big win for us and a statement win for the team to show who and what they are," Susan added.
Bucknell, which plays at Colgate next Saturday, held the ball for 36 minutes and 44 seconds for the game, including 11 minutes and 17 seconds in the third quarter.