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WEEK #7: Lafayette 22, Bucknell 21

Oct. 23, 1999

EASTON, Pa. - One play after dropping a crucial third-down pass on the Bucknell 4-yard line, flanker Andy May caught a game-winning touchdown pass from Harry Armstrong to push Lafayette over Bucknell, 22-21 in Patriot League action today.

Lafayette trailed at half-time, 21-7, but quarterback Harry Armstrong, starting his first game in place of the ineffective Brian Buczek, manufactured three second half scoring drives of 70-, 61- and 73-yards, helped along by senior tailback Brian Tuma's career day of 166-yards on 25 carries, along with two touchdowns.

The Leopards trailed 21-16 with 3:51 remaining, but a key defensive stop gave Lafayette the ball at their own 27. Tuma's running and Armstrong's passing brought the Leopards to the 36 of Bucknell, but on third down, May dropped a pass inside the five yard line that would have given the Leopards a first down. With just over a minute remaining, Lafayette went for it on 4th down, and Armstrong fired a strike to a streaking May, outrunning George Cowan down the right sideline, for a 36-yard score. Lafayette went for a two-point conversion, but Tuma was stuffed on the left side of the line.

Armstrong, starting his first game, was solid. He finished with 158 yards passing on 15-for-36. He was intercepted twice, and had the winning touchdown toss.

Lafayette improves to 2-5 and 1-4 in the Patriot League, while the Bison fall to 4-2, and their Patriot League hopes are dashed as they fall to 1-2 in league play.