Holy Cross Football Concludes Season Ranked #14 In The Nation

WORCESTER, Mass. - The Holy Cross football team is ranked No. 14 in the nation in this season's final Sports Network poll for the football championship subdivision. The Crusaders climbed three spots in the rankings after suffering a narrow 38-28 loss to eventual national champion Villanova in the first round of the NCAA playoffs. In addition, Holy Cross moved up five positions in the final FCS coaches' poll, where it also finished the year in the No. 14 spot.

In the Sports Network poll, Holy Cross received 1,111 total points to earn the 14th position. In the coaches' poll, the Crusaders placed 14th with 317 total points. Two other Patriot League teams, Colgate and Lafayette, were also ranked in both polls. Colgate was listed 21st by the Sports Network with 524 points and 20th by the coaches with 165 points, while Lafayette was ranked 24th by the Sports Network with 223 points and 25th by the coaches with 56 points.

Holy Cross concluded the 2009 season with an overall record of 9-3, and won the Patriot League championship with a 5-1 mark in conference games.

The complete Sports Network and FCS coaches' polls follow.

 

Final 2009 Sports Network's FCS College Football Poll

 

Team (First-place votes) Record Points Previous Rank
1. Villanova Wildcats (101) 14-1 2,525 2
2. Montana Grizzlies 14-1 2,415 3
3. Appalachian State Mountaineers 11-3 2,385 5
4. William & Mary Tribe 11-3 2,225 6
5. Richmond Spiders 11-2 2,092 4
6. Southern Illinois Salukis 11-2 2,037 1
7. New Hampshire Wildcats 10-3 1,815 10
8. South Carolina State Bulldogs 10-2 1,685 7
9. Elon Phoenix 9-3 1,672 9
10. Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks 10-3 1,577 12
11. South Dakota State Jackrabbits 8-4 1,431 11
12. McNeese State Cowboys 9-3 1,391 8
13. Eastern Washington Eagles 8-4 1,150 13
14. Holy Cross Crusaders 9-3 1,111 17
15. Prairie View A&M Panthers 9-1 976 18
16. Jacksonville State Gamecocks 8-3 931 14
17. Weber State Wildcats 7-5 914 15
18. Northern Iowa Panthers 7-4 854 16
19. Eastern Illinois Panthers 8-4 736 19
20. Penn Quakers 8-2 590 21
21. Colgate Raiders 9-2 524 20
22. Liberty Flames 8-3 482 22
23. Florida A&M Rattlers 8-3 366 23
24. Lafayette Leopards 8-3 223 24
25. Texas State Bobcats 7-4 155 25

 

Others receiving votes: James Madison 129, Montana State 112, Delaware 89, Harvard 64, Butler 49, Eastern Kentucky 34, Central Connecticut State 29, UC Davis 28, Furman 26, Illinois State 24, Northern Arizona 21, Grambling 11, Youngstown State 8, Norfolk State 7, Stony Brook 4, Alabama A&M 3, Old Dominion 3, Central Arkansas 2, Chattanooga 1.

 

2009 FCS Coaches Poll - Final (December 21, 2009)

Team (No. 1 Votes)                     2009 Record          Points     Previous Ranking
1. Villanova (28)                                  14-1                  700                     3
2. Montana                                         14-1                  672                     1
3. Appalachian State                          11-3                  629                     5
3. William & Mary                                11-3                  629                     6
5. Richmond                                        11-2                  579                     4
6. Southern Illinois                              11-2                  541                     2
7. New Hampshire                               10-3                  515                    10
8. South Carolina State                       10-2                  477                     7
9. Stephen F. Austin                            10-3                  450                    12
10. Elon                                               9-3                   439                     9          
11. South Dakota State                       8-4                   413                    11
12. McNeese State                              9-3                   375                     8
13. Eastern Washington                      8-4                   345                    14
14. Holy Cross                                     9-3                   317                    19
15. Eastern Illinois                               8-4                   272                    17
16. Jacksonville State                          8-3                   258                    13
17. Weber State                                  7-5                   252                    18
18. Northern Iowa                               7-4                   246                    15
19. Prairie View A&M                            9-1                   223                    16
20. Colgate                                          9-2                   165                    20
21. Liberty                                           8-3                   155                    22
22. Florida A&M                                   8-3                   127                    21
23. Pennsylvania                                 8-2                    97                     23
24. Texas State                                   7-4                    59                    T25
25. Lafayette                                       8-3                    56                     24 

Others receiving votes (points in parentheses): Montana State (38), Delaware (18), James Madison (14), Butler (6), Harvard (6), Grambling State (5), Northern Arizona (5), Alabama A&M (4), Illinois State (4), Central Connecticut State (2), Dayton (2), Tennessee Tech (2), Central Arkansas (1), Massachusetts (1), UC Davis (1).