Crusaders Shut Out Bucknell 20-0 In Patriot League Opener
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LEWISBURG, Pa. – The Holy Cross defense posted its first shutout since 2015 and allowed only 214 total yards, as the Crusaders recorded a 20-0 victory over Bucknell at Christy Mathewson-Memorial Stadium. Holy Cross improves to 1-1 overall and 1-0 in the Patriot League with the win, while the Bison fall to 1-1 on the season and 0-1 in the conference.
The Crusaders forced three first half turnovers, setting the offense up in Bucknell territory each time. Holy Cross took advantage with a two-yard touchdown run by senior tailback Diquan Walker and a pair of field goals by senior placekicker A.J. Wells to build a 13-0 halftime lead. Walker added another two-yard touchdown run in the third quarter to conclude the scoring.
The shutout was the first by Holy Cross since defeating Lafayette 42-0 on Oct. 24, 2015. The 214 total yards allowed were the fewest the Crusaders have given up since holding Georgetown to 213 yards on Nov. 21, 2015.
MAN OF THE MATCH PRESENTED BY THE UNITED STATES MARINES:
- Following the game, Walker was selected as the Man of the Match presented by the United States Marines.
- He finished the day with a team-high 72 yards and two scores on just 10 carries.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- Junior linebacker Ryan Brady led the team with 10 tackles, including one tackle for loss.
- Senior linebacker Nick McBeath totaled nine tackles, a quarterback sack, two tackles for loss and an interception.
- Junior cornerback Akeem Walcott added six tackles, a tackle for loss, a fumble recovery and two pass breakups, while senior defensive tackle Jack Kutschke finished with six tackles, one tackle for loss, a forced fumble and two pass breakups.
- Senior quarterback Peter Pujals hit on 16 of 33 passes for 178 yards.
- Senior wide out Blaise Bell posted four receptions for 45 yards, while senior wide receiver Darrius Lacy caught four passes for 41 yards.
BEYOND THE BOX SCORE:
- The shutout was the seventh by the Crusaders during Tom Gilmore’s tenure as head coach.
- Holy Cross forced four turnovers on the afternoon, its most since causing four turnovers at Colgate on Oct. 29, 2016.
- Walcott’s six total tackles were a new career high.
- Holy Cross returns to action on Saturday, Sept. 16, when it plays host to New Hampshire in its home opener at 1:05 p.m.
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