Holy Cross Upsets #9 New Hampshire, 51-26
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WORCESTER, Mass. – Senior quarterback Peter Pujals threw five touchdowns passes to four different receivers as the Holy Cross football team posted a 51-26 victory over No. 9 New Hampshire at Fitton Field. The win was the Crusaders’ first over a Top 10 opponent since the 2005 season.
The Wildcats opened the scoring at the 9:03 mark of the first quarter on a six-yard touchdown pass from Trevor Knight to Neil O’Connor. Holy Cross stormed back to score the next 16 points and take a 16-7 lead into the locker room at halftime. Pujals threw a 14-yard scoring strike to junior wide out Martin Dorsey, while senior placekicker A.J. Wells booted field goals of 46, 29 and 37 yards.
Pujals added touchdown passes of six yards to junior tight end Derek Mountain and 15 yards to senior wide receiver Blaise Bell after the break, and senior wide out Andre Harton scored a 20-yard reverse as the Crusaders took a 37-13 lead in the third quarter. The Wildcats would get no closer than 18 points the rest of the way as Holy Cross pulled away for the victory.
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 21 of 39 passes on the day for 367 yards and five touchdowns.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- Dorsey finished with five receptions for 165 yards and a pair of scores, all career highs.
- Senior linebacker Nick McBeath made a game-high 14 tackles with a sack and a pass breakup.
- Junior linebacker Ryan Brady totaled eight tackles and a pair of sacks.
- Sophomore tailback Miles Alexander led the Holy Cross ground game with 54 yards on 13 carries.
BEYOND THE BOX SCORE:
- The victory was Holy Cross’ first over a Top 10 opponent since it defeated No. 10 Lehigh 13-10 on Oct. 8, 2005.
- The Crusaders’ 51 points scored were their most at Fitton Field since defeating Sacred Heart 52-21 on Sept. 12, 2009.
RING OF HONOR:
- At halftime, Holy Cross honored three individuals as the eighth class in the Crusader Football Legends Ring of Honor.
- Dr. Eddie Anderson, Dennis Golden (Class of 1963) and David Murphy (Class of 1990) were recognized for their accomplishments during their time on Mount St. James.
- A total of 25 individuals have now been inducted into the Ring of Honor.
- Holy Cross returns to action on Saturday, Sept. 23, when it travels to Dartmouth for a 7:00 p.m. game.
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!