October 3, 2009

#21 Holy Cross Posts 42-21 Road Victory Over Northeastern

Video: Postgame Press Conference

BROOKLINE, Mass. – Senior quarterback Dominic Randolph (Amelia, Ohio) threw for 305 yards and five touchdowns, to lead the 21st-ranked Holy Cross football team to a 42-21 victory over Northeastern at Parsons Field. Randolph connected on 16 of 24 attempts, while completing passes to 11 different receivers on the day. Holy Cross improves to 4-0 overall with the win, while the Huskies fall to 0-5.

The Crusaders took the opening kickoff and marched right down the field, scoring on a 12-yard touchdown pass from Randolph to junior wide receiver Freddie Santana (Staten Island, N.Y.). Holy Cross then increased its lead to 14-0 on a five-yard run by sophomore tailback Matt Bellomo (Holliston, Mass.), after senior defensive back Quentin Liggins (Minneapolis, Minn.) blocked a punt. Later in the first quarter, junior wide receiver Rob Koster (Bellerose, N.Y.) caught a 49-yard scoring pass from Randolph to make the score 21-0.

In the second quarter, Randolph threw touchdown passes of 28 yards to junior wide receiver Luke Chmielinski (Walpole, Mass.) and 13 yards to senior wide receiver Nick Cole (Tucson, Ariz.). Northeastern then put its first points on the board just before halftime on a three-yard scoring pass from Matt Carroll to Conor Gilmartin-Donohue, and the Crusaders led 35-7 at the break.

Late in the third quarter, Randolph threw his fifth touchdown pass of the day, for 17 yards to sophomore tight end Alex Schneider (Inner Grove Heights, Minn.). The Huskies then concluded the scoring with a pair of Carroll touchdown passes to Jordan Batts in the fourth quarter, for 35 yards and two yards.

Bellomo finished the game with 62 yards on nine carries, while Chmielinski had a team-high three receptions for 57 yards. Senior linebacker Andrew Cialino (Medford, N.J.) led the Crusader defense with 11 total tackles. Carroll led Northeastern by completing 32 of 44 passes for 248 yards.

Holy Cross returns to action next Saturday, Oct. 10, when it travels to Brown for a 12:30 p.m. game.