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EASTON, Pa. (AP) — Nick Shafnisky threw for three touchdowns and ran for another as Patriot League champion Lehigh defeated rival Lafayette 45-21 on Saturday for its ninth-straight win.

Sophomore Dominick Bragalone ran for 110 yards and a touchdown on 19 carries to surpass 1,000 yards (1,106), making him only the second Mountain Hawks player with two 1,000 yard seasons.

It was the 152nd meeting in college football's most-played and longest continuous rivalry, played with World Series champion manager Joe Maddon (Lafayette Class of 1976) in attendance. Lafayette leads the series, which dates to 1884, 78-69-5, but Lehigh is 33 of 52 since a 6-6 tie in the 100th meeting.

Lehigh (9-2, 6-0) led 31-7 at the half as Shafnisky and Bragalone had rushing touchdowns and Shafnisky opened the scoring with a 16-yard touchdown pass to Troy Pelletier and a 15-yarder to Casey Gatlin.

Drew Reed and Blake Searfoss combined to complete 36 of 54 passes for 398 yards with Reed throwing for two touchdowns for the Leopards (2-9, 1-5).

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