25th-Ranked Football Team Heads To Dartmouth On Saturday
The Holy Cross football team hits the road this week, heading to Dartmouth for a 7:00 p.m. game on Saturday, Sept. 23. The contest between the Crusaders and the Big Green will be shown live on the Ivy League Network, and can be heard on WEEI 1440 AM in Worcester.
Holy Cross stands 2-1 overall this year with a 1-0 mark in the Patriot League, and is ranked No. 25 in the nation by both Stats and the FCS Coaches. After being edged by Connecticut 27-20 in their season opener, the Crusaders have defeated Bucknell (20-0) and No. 9 New Hampshire (51-26). Holy Cross has played well in all three phases of the game, and currently ranks 10th in the nation in third down conversion defense (23.9 percent), 11th in passing offense (301.0 yards per game), 12th in kickoff returns (26.7 yards per return) and 15th in turnover margin (+1.3 turnovers per game).
Senior quarterback Peter Pujals has led the Crusader offense by completing 70 of 128 passes for 903 yards and six touchdowns. Senior wide out Blaise Bell has posted 17 receptions for 208 yards and two scores, while junior wide receiver Richie DeNicola has caught 13 passes for 142 yards. Senior tailback Diquan Walker leads the Holy Cross ground game with 124 yards and three touchdowns on 24 carries.
On the defensive side of the ball, senior linebacker Nick McBeath leads the team with 34 tackles, four tackles for loss, two sacks, an interception and a fumble recovery. Junior linebacker Ryan Brady has added 32 tackles, two sacks and four tackles for loss, while senior cornerback Alim Muhammad has recorded 18 tackles, one tackle for loss and three pass breakups.
Dartmouth currently stands 1-0 overall this year, after winning 38-7 at Stetson in its season opener last Saturday. The Big Green racked up 406 yards of total offense, including 324 yards on the ground, while limiting the Hatters to just 94 total yards.
Junior tailback Rashaad Cooper led Dartmouth by rushing 14 times for 97 yards and a touchdown, while senior tailback Ryder Stone ran for 96 yards on 17 carries. Senior quarterback Jack Heneghan rushed for 57 yards on nine carries, in addition to completing six of 13 passes for 71 yards and a score. Defensively, junior defensive lineman Jackson Perry made a team-best eight tackles with a pair of quarterback sacks. Senior linebacker Eric Meile finished with four tackles and an interception, with sophomore defensive back D.J. Avery adding three tackles and a pick.
“Dartmouth is off to a strong start this season, performing well in every phase of the game during their victory over Stetson last week,” said Holy Cross head coach Tom Gilmore. “They have a talented, well-coached team that plays hard, and we know we will have to play well in order to have success against them.”
After the contest at Dartmouth, Holy Cross returns to Worcester to face Lafayette in its Homecoming game at 1:05 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 30.
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