BRONX, N.Y. – Senior quarterback Dominic Randolph (Amelia, Ohio) accounted for 389 yards of total offense and threw four touchdown passes, to lead the 17th-ranked Holy Cross football team to a 41-27 victory over Fordham at Jack Coffey Field. Randolph hit on 23 of 35 attempts for 314 yards, while rushing 16 times for 75 yards. Holy Cross improves to 7-1 overall and 3-0 in the Patriot League with the win, while the Rams fall to 3-5 overall and 0-3 in the conference with the loss.
The Crusaders opened the scoring at the 9:29-mark of the first quarter, on a 39-yard touchdown pass from Randolph to senior wide receiver Bill Edger (Hainesport, N.J.). The Rams responded with a 27-yard field goal by Kevin Heinowitz to make the score 7-3. Randolph then tossed a 24-yard scoring strike to junior wide receiver Freddie Santana (Staten Island, N.Y.), and the score was 14-3 at the end of the first quarter.
Early in the second quarter, Xavier Martin scored on a two-yard run for Fordham to cut the lead to 14-10. Junior placekicker Rob Dornfried (Berlin, Conn.) then booted a 31-yard field goal, before Randolph threw a three-yard touchdown pass to Santana to make the score 24-10. Heinowitz would kick a 30-yard field goal on the final play of the half, and the Crusaders led 24-13 heading into the locker room.
Dornfried kicked a 20-yard field goal on the opening drive of the third quarter, then sophomore cornerback Chandler Fenner forced a fumble to give the Crusaders the ball back in Fordham territory. Holy Cross converted with a touchdown seven plays later, as Randolph once again hooked up with Santana from nine yards out, making the score 34-13.
Martin scored his second touchdown of the game early in the fourth quarter on a 17-yard run, before the Crusaders responded with a six-yard scoring run by freshman tailback Eddie Houghton (Toronto, Ontario) to make the score 41-20. The Rams then concluded the scoring with a one-yard touchdown run by John Skelton late in the quarter.
Santana finished the game with seven catches for 82 yards, while sophomore tailback Matt Bellomo (Holliston, Mass.) rushed 13 times for 82 yards. The Holy Cross defense was led by sophomore linebacker Jimmy Thomas (Severn, Md.) with 12 tackles and two sacks.
Holy Cross returns to action next Saturday, Nov. 7, when it travels to Lehigh for a 12:30 p.m. game.