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Blaise Bell

Holy Cross Edged By Connecticut In Season Opener

Holy Cross Athletics   08-31-2017
Stat Comparison
Category HC UC
Points 20 27
First Downs 24 18
Rushing Yards 89 160
Passing Yards 358 278
Total Offense 447 438
Turnovers 1 2
Penalties-Yards 10-65 4-40
3rd Downs 4-17 5-14
Time of Possession 33:11 26:49
Full Statistics
Video Recap

EAST HARTFORD, Conn. - UConn tailback Nate Hopkins carried the ball 20 times for 130 yards and three touchdowns, to lead the Huskies to a 27-20 victory over the Holy Cross football team at Pratt and Whitney Stadium at Rentschler Field. The Huskies open the season 1-0 with the victory, while the Crusaders start the year 0-1.

UConn scored 20 unanswered points in the second half to rally for the win. Hopkins began the comeback with a three-yard touchdown run late in the third quarter, before an 11-yard pass from Bryant Shirreffs to Hergy Mayala gave the Huskies a 21-20 lead. Hopkins then concluded the scoring with a one-yard scoring run in the fourth quarter.

Holy Cross had opened the game by jumping out to a 20-7 halftime lead. The Crusaders scored two touchdowns in the second quarter, on a 19-yard pass from senior quarterback Peter Pujals to senior wide receiver Blaise Bell and a six-yard run by senior tailback Diquan Walker.

 

MAN OF THE MATCH PRESENTED BY THE UNITED STATES MARINES:

  • Following the game, Pujals was selected as the Man of the Match presented by the United States Marines.
  • He completed 33 of 56 passes on the evening for 358 yards and a touchdown.

 

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

  • Bell finished the night with 10 receptions for a team-best 129 yards and a score.
  • Junior wide out Richie DeNicola added 10 catches for 87 yards.
  • Junior linebacker Ryan Brady led the Crusader defense with 14 total tackles.
  • Senior cornerback Alim Muhammad finished with 12 tackles and two pass breakups. 

  

BEYOND THE BOX SCORE:

  • The contest marked Holy Cross’ first game against an FBS opponent since it defeated Army 30-21 in 2002.
  • The crowd of 24,435 was the largest to witness a Holy Cross football game since 2002, when 28,063 fans attended the game at Army.
  • Bell set new career highs for both catches (10) and receiving yards (129), while Brady (14) and Muhammad (12) both posted career highs for tackles.
  • Senior placekicker A.J. Wells scored the first eight points of his collegiate career, hitting field goals of 20 and 25 yards along with two extra points.

 

UP NEXT:

  • Holy Cross returns to action on Saturday, Sept. 9, when it travels to Bucknell for its Patriot League opener at 12:00 p.m.

 

BE A PART OF THE ACTION:

  • Tickets for the 2017 Holy Cross football season are available by calling 1-844-GOCROSS or by visiting GoHolyCross.com/tickets. Order your tickets today to make sure you don’t miss out on a minute of the action!

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