Richie DeNicola
Mark Seliger Photography
Mark Seliger Photography
Richie DeNicola

Crusaders Suffer 39-28 Setback At #24 New Hampshire

Holy Cross Athletics   09-10-2016

THE BASICS:

• Score:  New Hampshire 39, Holy Cross 28

• Records: Holy Cross 1-1; New Hampshire 1-1

• Location: Wildcat Stadium, Durham, N.H.

• The Lead: Senior quarterback Peter Pujals accounted for 442 yards of total offense and four touchdowns, but the Holy Cross football team was defeated by 24th-ranked New Hampshire 39-28 at Wildcat Stadium.

 

MAN OF THE MATCH PRESENTED BY THE UNITED STATES MARINES:

• Following the contest, Pujals was selected as the United States Marines Man of the Match.

• He completed 42 of 64 passes for 427 yards and three touchdowns on the evening.

• Pujals also rushed the ball eight times for 15 yards and another score.

Peter Pujals 

 

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

• Sophomore wide receiver Richie DeNicola caught 13 passes for a team-best 151 yards and two touchdowns on the night.

• Senior wide out Jake Wieczorek added 13 receptions for 113 yards.

• Senior defensive end Ryan Smith led the Crusader defense with six tackles and three quarterback sacks.

• Dalton Crossan led New Hampshire by rushing 24 times for 199 yards and two scores.

 

HOW IT HAPPENED:

• The Crusaders opened the game with an early 14-0 lead on a 21-yard scoring run by Pujals and a 32-yard touchdown pass from Pujals to junior wide out Blaise Bell.

• The Wildcats scored their first points on a three-yard touchdown run by Crossan, before a 23-yard scoring strike from Pujals to DeNicola put Holy Cross up 21-6 early in the second quarter.

• Crossan added a 56-yard touchdown run on New Hampshire’s next drive, and the Crusaders went on to take a 21-13 advantage into the locker room at halftime.

• The Wildcats opened the third quarter with an eight-yard scoring strike from Trevor Knight to Neil O’Connor, before Pujals and DeNicola hooked up for a 29-yard touchdown to put Holy Cross in front 28-19.

• But New Hampshire went on to score the final 20 points of the night (on a one-yard Trevon Bryant rush, a 62-yard pass from Knight to Rory Donovan and a 28-yard interception return by Casey DeAndrade) to pull away for the victory.

 

BEYOND THE BOX SCORE:

• Pujals broke the school single-game record with his 42 completions. The old record of 41 completions was held by Dominic Randolph (vs. both Brown and Yale in 2008).

• Pujals also threw for over 400 yards for the second time in his Holy Cross career, with his 427 yards placing sixth on the school single-game list.

• DeNicola set new career highs for receptions and receiving yards, while catching the first two touchdown passes of his collegiate career.

• Wieczorek also recorded a new career high for receptions, while Smith posted a career-high for quarterback sacks

•.DeNicola and Wieczorek both tied for second place on the school single-game list for receptions.

• The contest marked the first game in the history of Wildcat Stadium, which opened this year as the first new home for the New Hampshire football team since 1936.

 

UP NEXT:

• Holy Cross returns to action on Saturday, Sept. 17, when it travels to Albany for a 7:00 p.m. game.

 

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