Countdown To The Cup: Gameday Is Approaching!

Holy Cross Athletics   10-26-2016

The 2016 Ram-Crusader Cup at iconic Yankee Stadium is now less than three weeks away. This showdown between the Holy Cross and Fordham football teams is the highlight of a once-in-a-lifetime weekend which will be full of memorable experiences in New York City.

The Nov. 12 contest between the Crusaders and the Rams will be shown live by Campus Insiders and the Patritot League Network. Mart Martucci will call the play-by-play, while Holy Cross Hall of Famer Tom Kelleher will provide color commentary.

The game will also be broadcast live via Twitter! This will be just the fourth Patriot League Network event and second football game distributed to Twitter this fall, through the League’s partnership with Campus Insiders. Fans can find Fordham vs. Holy Cross by clicking here, and can join the conversation on Twitter using #RCCup.


Tickets for the Ram-Crusader Cup are still available through the Holy Cross Ticket Office by or by calling 1-844-GOCROSS. Make sure to get your tickets today!

As you prepare for this historic game at Yankee Stadium, here is a look back at the storied rivalry between the Crusaders and the Rams.

The rich heritage expressed through a century-old rivalry between the Holy Cross and Fordham football teams lives on this fall when the teams meet at iconic Yankee Stadium on Nov. 12 for the Ram-Crusader Cup!

The clash between the Rams and Crusaders dates back to 1902 and has since taken both sides to remarkable sites including international venues. Setting numerous records throughout the Fordham series, the Crusaders continue to make history in the midst of tight, hard-fought battles with 23 games of the all-time series resulting in seven points or less. The legacy of the rivalry is celebrated annually in the Ram-Crusader Cup.

Beginning in the early 1900s, Holy Cross took on Fordham 27 times over the course of 52 seasons before the series temporarily stopped due to Fordham dropping its football program.

During this span, the Crusaders led the series, 15-10-2 , competing at exclusive venues like the Polo Grounds in New York, where the 1913 World Series was played, and Yankee Stadium in 1923, which was one of the years that baseball legend Babe Ruth was on the Yankees’ roster.

Polo Grounds

The Polo Grounds in New York City, where Holy Cross and Fordham met five times from 1906-1954.

Also during this frame, Holy Cross’ Frank Burke broke the school single-game record by intercepting four passes in a 48-0 victory for the Crusaders in the 1947 game.

The Ram-Crusader Cup was dedicated in 1951 in the memory of Major Frank W. Cavanaugh who spent time at the helm of the football programs of both Holy Cross and Fordham. Cavanaugh coached the Crusaders from 1903-1905 for a 16-10-2 overall record. After spending six years with Dartmouth and a short stint at Boston University, he took over as head coach of Fordham from 1927-1932, posting a 34-12-4 record for the Rams.

The Ram-Crusader Cup was revitalized in 1990 when Fordham joined Holy Cross in the Patriot League. The following year, Holy Cross took its first trip outside the country, where the Crusaders downed Fordham 24-19, at the Wild Geese Classic in Limerick, Ireland. That win was also Holy Cross’ 19th straight, breaking the Division I-AA record held by Eastern Kentucky.

Limerick, Ireland

Action from the 1991 Holy Cross-Fordham game in Ireland.

Four years after the Holy Cross-Fordham clash in Ireland, the teams once again traveled abroad in 1995, meeting in Bermuda Bowl III. Holy Cross fell to Fordham, 17-10, in a contest played in National Stadium in Hamilton, Bermuda.

Since then, in recent years, a number of Crusaders have turned in impressive individual performances while facing the Rams.

In 2002, David Kasouf caught nine passes for 211 yards, but the Crusaders fell to the Rams 37-27. Dominic Randolph hit 35 of 59 passes for 407 yards and five touchdowns in 2008, as the Crusaders posted a 38-17 victory over the Rams. During a 32-30 loss at Fordham in 2013, Mike Fess recorded the 191st reception of his Holy Cross career, to become the Crusaders’ all-time leader. He went on to finish his career with 209 receptions.

Most recently, four of the past six games have been decided by a six-point margin or less. Senior captain Peter Pujals broke a school single-game record with 508 passing yards, 70 pass attempts and 526 yards of total offense, but Fordham won 47-41 in overtime last year.

In 53 games, the Crusaders lead the all-time series, 27-24-2. From records, to locations, to tradition, the legacy of the Ram-Crusader Cup proves to be a rivalry to remember every year.

Check back to next week for the fourth part in our Countdown to the Cup series, which will take a look at Holy Cross' honorary captains for the game.

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