September 5, 2009

#25 Holy Cross Downs Georgetown 20-7 In Season Opener

Postgame Video: Coach Gilmore
Postgame Video: Highlights

WORCESTER, Mass. - Senior quarterback Dominic Randolph (Amelia, Ohio) completed 36 of 56 passes for 414 yards and two touchdowns, to lead the 25th-ranked Holy Cross football team to a 20-7 victory over Georgetown at Fitton Field. Both of Randolph's touchdown passes came in the fourth quarter, as the Crusaders rallied from a 7-6 deficit to claim the victory. During the contest, Randolph became the first player in school or Patriot League history to pass the 10,000-yard mark in career passing yards, as he has now thrown for 10,093 yards in his collegiate career. Holy Cross opens the season at 1-0 overall and 1-0 in the Patriot League, while the Hoyas are now 0-1 overall and 0-1 in the conference.

The Crusader defense had an outstanding day, limiting Georgetown to just 169 total yards and seven points in the game. Senior linebacker Sean Lamkin (Jenks, Okla.) led the way with seven tackles, an interception and a tackle for loss.

Georgetown began the game by taking the opening kickoff and marching 65 yards in 12 plays to take a 7-0 lead. Keerome Lawrence scored the touchdown on a 33-yard pass from James Brady, converting on a fourth-and-five play. But that would be all the offense the Hoyas could muster all day, as they would go on to gain just 104 more yards and never cross the Holy Cross 40-yard line again.

The Crusaders began chipping away later in the first quarter with a 22-yard field goal by junior placekicker Rob Dornfried (Berlin, Conn.), which was set up when junior linebacker Perry Townsend (Frankford, Del.) blocked a punt. Neither team scored in the second quarter, then Dornfried added a 19-yard field goal midway through the third quarter to make the score 7-6.

Holy Cross finally claimed its first lead of the game at the 14:21-mark of the fourth quarter, when Randolph hit senior tight end Paul Nielsen (Center Line, Mich.) with an 18-yard scoring pass. Randolph then found senior wide receiver Bill Edger (Hainesport, N.J.) from seven yards out with 6:52 remaining to conclude the scoring.

Edger finished the day with seven receptions for 82 yards, while junior wide receiver Luke Chmielinski (Walpole, Mass.) added seven catches for 79 yards. Freshman tailback Eddie Houghton (Toronto, Ontario) led the Crusader ground game with 52 yards on seven carries.

Holy Cross returns to action next Saturday, Sept. 12, when it plays host to Sacred Heart at 1:00 p.m.