October 10, 2011

Holy Cross Returns Home To Take On Dartmouth

Complete Release in PDF Format

Game Day Quick Facts
The Teams: Holy Cross (2-3, 1-0 PL) vs. Dartmouth (1-3, 0-2 Ivy)
Date: October 15, 2011
Time: 1:00 p.m.
Place: Fitton Field (23,500), Worcester, Mass.
Television: Charter TV3, Worcester; Kevin Shea, play-by-play; Andy Lacombe, color; Dave Bolduc, sidelines
Live Video Streaming: Crusader Vision
Holy Cross Radio: WTAG 580 AM & 94.9 FM, Worcester; Bob Fouracre, play-by-play; Tom Kelleher, color; Click Here to Listen
Unofficial Live Statistics: Presto Sports Primetime
Series Record: Tied, 35-35-4
Last Meeting: Dartmouth 27, Holy Cross 19; October 16, 2010; Hanover, N.H.

The Series With Dartmouth
This will be the 75th meeting between the Crusaders and the Big Green on the gridiron, with the all-time series tied at 35-35-4. Holy Cross had won six straight games against Dartmouth, before the Big Green posted a 27-19 victory in Hanover last season. For games played in Worcester, the Crusaders hold a 15-13-1 advantage, including three straight victories. The schools first met on Oct. 3, 1903, with the Big Green posting an 18-0 victory in Hanover.

Series Quick Facts
Overall: Tied, 35-35-4
In Worcester: Holy Cross leads, 15-13-1
At Fitton Field: Holy Cross leads, 15-13-1
Current Win Streak: Dartmouth, one game
Tom Gilmore vs. Dartmouth: 6-1
Buddy Teevens vs. Holy Cross: 1-10
In Overtime: Holy Cross leads, 1-0

Holy Cross Set For Annual Kids' Day
The Holy Cross football team will hold its annual Price Chopper Kids' Day during the contest with Dartmouth on Oct. 15. The Crusaders will hold a free pregame clinic for kids aged 13 and under beginning at 10:00 a.m. at Fitton Field. The first 150 kids to the clinic will receive a free Kids' Day t-shirt, compliments of Price Chopper. In the event of rain, the pregame clinic will be moved to the Holy Cross Field House (no cleats or black soled shoes will be permitted in the Field House). Youth cheerleaders are also welcome, as the Holy Cross cheerleading team with hold a clinic as well. For the Dartmouth game, kids aged 15-17 will be admitted for only $1.00. Under a special promotion this season, children aged 14 and under are already being admitted free to all Holy Cross home football games, when accompanied by an adult who has purchased a ticket. Click here for more information on Kids' Day.

Holy Cross Against The Ivy League
The Crusaders have enjoyed a good deal of success against Ivy League opposition during Tom Gilmore's tenure as head coach. Holy Cross stands 14-10 against Ivy League foes under Gilmore's direction, including a 1-1 mark so far this season. The 14-10 mark over the last eight years includes a 6-1 record against Dartmouth, a 4-2 mark against Brown, a 3-5 record against Harvard and a 1-2 mark against Yale. The Crusaders' all-time record against the Ivy League stands at 107-139-9 (31-22-3 against Brown, 6-2 vs. Columbia, 0-5 against Cornell, 35-35-4 vs. Dartmouth, 24-39-2 against Harvard, 3-2 vs. Pennsylvania, 3-7 against Princeton and 4-27 vs. Yale).

Trio Of Seniors Lead Linebackers
Senior linebacker C.J. Martin (Plano, Texas), senior linebacker Ricky Otis (Cleves, Ohio) and senior linebacker Jimmy Thomas (Severn, Md.) are once again key parts of the Holy Cross defense in 2011. Otis is currently tied for the team lead with 42 tackles so far this season, including one sack and five tackles for loss. He totaled nine solo tackles with one tackle for loss last week at Brown, after previously recording 10 tackles with two tackles for loss against Massachusetts, nine tackles and a sack at New Hampshire and nine tackles against Colgate. Last season, Otis led the team with 108 total tackles and earned first team All-Patriot League honors, despite missing two games due to injury. He reached double-figures in tackles six times in 2010, including a career-high 17 tackles at Lafayette. Over the course of his Holy Cross career, Otis now has 177 total tackles, seven tackles for loss, two fumble recoveries and two pass breakups. Martin has made 32 tackles in five games this season, to rank fourth on the team. He totaled nine tackles and one sack at New Hampshire, in addition to making eight tackles at Brown. Martin ranked second on the team with 95 total tackles last year, including 61 solo stops and two tackles for loss. He recorded double-digit tackles four times in 2010, with a high of 18 tackles at Massachusetts. Over the course of his collegiate career, Martin has now recorded 160 tackles, five tackles for loss, two interceptions and three pass breakups. Thomas has totaled 25 tackles, two tackles for loss and an interception so far this year, despite missing a game due to injury. He had 10 tackles, one tackle for loss and a 60-yard interception return for a touchdown against Colgate, while finishing with 10 tackles, two tackles for loss and a pass breakup at Brown. Thomas previously recorded 35 tackles with five tackles for loss in 2010, after totaling 67 tackles, nine tackles for loss and four sacks in 2009. Over the course of his Holy Cross career, Thomas now has 129 tackles, 18 tackles for loss and five sacks.

Balanced Group Of Wide Outs Excel For Holy Cross
The Crusaders have a number of outstanding weapons in the passing game, and three of those wide receivers have had set new career highs in the last few weeks. Sophomore wide out Kyle Toulouse (Arlington, Va.) posted a career-high 13 receptions for a career-best 110 yards at New Hampshire, tying for second place on the school single-game list for most catches. Overall this season, he now leads the team with 27 catches for 291 yards and one touchdown. Sophomore wide receiver Mike Fess (Caldwell, N.J.) caught 11 passes for 95 yards and a score at New Hampshire, also setting career highs for both receptions and receiving yards. On the year, he has totaled 26 receptions for 277 yards and a score. Junior wide out Gerald Mistretta (Brooklyn, N.Y.) had six catches for a career-best 136 yards and a touchdown at New Hampshire, before posting a career-high eight receptions for 94 yards and a score at Brown. Overall this season, he has caught 23 passes for a team-high 340 yards and a team-best three touchdowns.

Offensive Line Paves The Way For Success
The Holy Cross offensive line is once again one of the most dominating units in the Patriot League this year. In five games played so far this season, the line has paved the way for the Crusaders to average 25.6 points and 410.4 total yards per game. Holy Cross has also allowed only four sacks, while attempting 196 passes this year (just one sack for every 50 times the team has dropped back to pass). The most experienced player on the line is senior left tackle Mike McCabe (Watertown, Conn.), who has been named All-Patriot League in each of the last two seasons, and has played in 41 career games with 20 starts. Senior center Sean Whited (Canton, Ohio) has played in 17 career games with 13 starts, and junior right tackle Kyle Pedretty (Dunedin, Fla.) has 16 career games played and 16 starts. In addition, junior left guard Casey Bessemer (Jacksonville Beach, Fla.) has played in 16 career games with five starts, and senior right guard Andrew Jameson (Brockton, Mass.) has played and started five career games.

The Last Meeting With Dartmouth
Dartmouth's Nick Schwieger rushed 31 times for 169 yards and a touchdown, to lead the Big Green to a 27-19 victory over Holy Cross at Memorial Field on Oct. 16, 2010. The Crusaders opened the scoring at the 9:50-mark of the first quarter, when Ryan Taggart threw an eight-yard touchdown pass to Freddie Santana. Dartmouth came right back with a four-yard scoring run by Schwieger on its first possession, to tie the score at 7-7. Later in the quarter, Ricky Otis recovered a fumbled punt return, to give Holy Cross possession at the Big Green 41-yard line. Eight plays later, Rob Dornfried booted a 30-yard field goal to make the score 10-7. Early in the second quarter, James McLaughlin recovered a fumbled snap at the Dartmouth 36-yard line. That set up a eight-yard touchdown pass from Taggart to Gerald Mistretta, and the Crusaders led 16-7 after the extra point was blocked. The Big Green trimmed the margin to two points with a one-yard touchdown run by Conner Kempe, and Holy Cross held a 16-14 advantage at halftime. Late in the third quarter, Dornfried kicked a 20-yard field goal to increase the Crusaders' lead to 19-14. Dartmouth responded with a 35-yard Foley Schmidt field goal early in the fourth quarter, and took back over at the Holy Cross 30-yard line following a fumble on the ensuing kickoff return. Schmidt then kicked a 32-yard field goal to give the Big Green its first lead of the day, 20-19 with 8:36 left to play. Dartmouth concluded the scoring on a 43-yard interception return for a touchdown by Pat Scorah in the final minute. Taggart completed 25 of 39 passes on the day for 220 yards and two scores, while Luke Chmielinski had a team-best seven receptions for 57 yards. Sam Auffant led the ground game with 71 yards on 22 carries, and Otis finished the contest with a team-best 10 tackles.

Taggart Shines At Quarterback
Senior quarterback Ryan Taggart (Bedford, Texas) is in his second year as the starter for the Crusaders in 2011. In five games played so far this year, he has connected on 125 of 195 attempts for 1,444 yards and seven touchdowns with only two interceptions. During the game at New Hampshire, Taggart completed 40 of 57 passes for a career-high 412 yards and two touchdowns, in addition to rushing for 55 yards and two scores on 12 carries. With that performance, he placed third on the Holy Cross single-game lists for both completions (40) and yards of total offense (467), while ranking ninth for passing yards (412). In the victory over Harvard, Taggart hit on 22 of 35 passes for 320 yards and a touchdown, while rushing for 34 yards and a score on nine attempts. Some of his other top performances this season have been against Colgate (completing 13 of 16 passes for 223 yards and two touchdowns, in addition to rushing for a score), Brown (connecting on 27 of 43 attempts for 243 yards and a score) and Massachusetts (hitting on 23 of 44 attempts for 246 yards and a touchdown, while rushing for 15 yards and a score on nine carries). Last year, he connected on 185 of 317 passes for 1,899 yards and 14 touchdowns, in addition to ranking second on the team in rushing with 284 yards and five scores on 85 carries. A few of Taggart's top performances in 2010 came against Lafayette (accounting for 246 yards of total offense and four touchdowns), Fordham (27 of 37 for 289 yards and a touchdown, plus 75 rushing yards and a score) and Howard (17 of 29 for 186 yards and three touchdowns). During his career with the Crusaders, Taggart has now completed 312 of 514 passes for 3,346 yards and 21 touchdowns, in addition to rushing for 455 yards and 10 scores on 130 carries. He currently ranks eighth all-time at Holy Cross in career completions; ninth in career passing yards; and 10th in career pass attempts, passing touchdowns and yards of total offense (3,801 yards).

Crusaders Look To Post Another Winning Season
In 2011, Holy Cross will attempt to finish with a winning record for the seventh year in a row. The Crusaders concluded the 2010 season with an overall mark of 6-5, after going 9-3 in 2009 (marking only the ninth time in the school history the team has won at least nine games). Holy Cross previously went 7-4 in 2006, 2007 and 2008, and its 36-20 mark over the last five seasons is its best in a five-year span since going 39-15-1 from 1989-1993. Holy Cross also posted a winning record in 2005 (6-5), and has an overall mark of 42-25 since the beginning of the 2005 campaign. This marks the first time the Crusaders have posted six straight winning seasons since finishing with a winning mark in seven straight years from 1986-1992.

Fenner Stars At Cornerback
Senior cornerback Chandler Fenner (Virginia Beach, Va.) is enjoying a strong season in the Holy Cross secondary. In five games played so far this year, he has recorded 37 tackles, an interception, a forced fumble and a team-high 10 pass breakups. During last week's game at Brown, Fenner tied for the team lead with 10 total tackles, and tied his career high with three pass breakups. Previously at New Hampshire, he led the team with 12 tackles and forced a fumble to set up a game-tying touchdown in the fourth quarter. Fenner also totaled seven tackles, an interception and two pass breakups in the victory over Harvard, while posting four tackles and three pass breakups against Massachusetts. Last season, he earned first team All-Patriot League honors after finishing with 58 tackles, one quarterback sack, two tackles for loss, four pass breakups, a forced fumble, a fumble recovery and a blocked punt. Over the course of his Holy Cross career, Fenner has now totaled 127 tackles, one interception, three forced fumbles and 14 pass breakups in 38 games played.

Schneider & Hauser Shine At Tight End
Senior tight end Alex Schneider (Inver Grove Heights, Minn.) and junior tight end Josh Hauser (Dallas, Texas) have both been key parts of the Holy Cross passing game in 2011. In five games played so far this year, Schneider has caught four passes for 54 yards. In 11 games last season, he ranked fourth on the team with 30 receptions for 217 yards and a score. During the 2010 victory over Fordham, Schneider totaled four catches for 31 yards and a touchdown. An All-Patriot League selection in each of the last two years, Schneider finished the 2009 campaign ranked fourth on the team with 33 receptions for 275 yards, while his six touchdown catches were the second-most on the squad. He ranked second among Patriot League tight ends in both receptions and receiving yards in 2009, and finished the 2009 season with a streak of 10 straight games with at least one catch. Over the course of his Holy Cross career, Schneider has now totaled 67 catches for 546 yards and seven touchdowns. Hauser has made nine receptions for 149 yards and a touchdown in five games played this year. He had a career-best three catches for 22 yards against Massachusetts in the season opener, and also caught a 68-yard touchdown pass in the win over Harvard. Over the course of his collegiate career, Hauser has totaled 14 receptions for 192 yards and a touchdown.

Crusaders In The Patriot League
Now in its 26th season of play in the Patriot League, Holy Cross owns an all-time record of 78-61 (.558) in conference action. The Crusaders won their last conference championship in 2009, clinching the title with a 28-26 victory over Lafayette to earn the league's automatic bid to the NCAA playoffs. Holy Cross' six Patriot League championships (all of them outright) have come in 1986, 1987, 1989, 1990, 1991 and 2009. The Crusaders are tied for the second-most championships in conference history, behind only Lehigh with nine titles. In 2009, Holy Cross won five Patriot League games for just the fourth time in school history. The Crusaders previously went 5-1 in 2008, while posting 5-0 conference records in 1990 and 1991.

Holy Cross In The NCAA Statistics
Seven Crusaders are ranked among the NCAA leaders in various statistical categories, through games of Oct. 8. As a team, Holy Cross ranks third in the nation in fewest penalties and punt return coverage, while standing fifth in fewest penalty yards. The rankings:

Category Rank Player / Team Avg. / Pct.
Passes Defended 1 Chandler Fenner 2.2
  49 Tom Mannix 1.0
Fewest Penalties 3 Holy Cross 3.8
Field Goals 3 John Macomber 2.0
Punt Return Coverage 3 Holy Cross 0.0
Fewest Penalty Yards 5 Holy Cross 35.8
Total Offense 5 Ryan Taggart 321.6
  27 Holy Cross 410.4
Completions 10 Ryan Taggart 25.0
Passing Yards 10 Ryan Taggart 288.8
  12 Holy Cross 288.8
Fourth Down Defense 14 Holy Cross 22.2
Points Responsible For 19 Ryan Taggart 14.4
First Downs 20 Holy Cross 21.4
Quarterback Sacks 21 Mike Tucker 1.0
Forced Fumbles 22 Tom Mannix 0.4
Scoring 22 John Macomber 8.5
Fourth Down Conversions 24 Holy Cross 60.0
Receptions 40 Kyle Toulouse 5.4
  46 Mike Fess 5.2
Pass Efficiency 41 Ryan Taggart 136.1

Crusaders Among League Leaders
Several Holy Cross players rank at or near the top of the Patriot League standings in a number of statistical categories, through games of Oct. 8. Senior quarterback Ryan Taggart leads the way by ranking second in the league in both passing yards (288.8 yards/game) and total offense (321.6 yards/game), while standing third in pass efficiency (136.1 rating) and fifth in scoring (6.0 points/game). Sophomore placekicker John Macomber (Vienna, Va.) currently leads the conference in field goals (2.0 made/game) and ranks second in scoring (8.5 points/game), while sophomore cornerback Andrew Zitnik (Warren, Ohio) ranks second in kickoff returns (22.9 yards/return). In addition, junior wide receiver Gerald Mistretta stands third in receiving yards (68.0 yards/game), sophomore wide receiver Kyle Toulouse is third in receptions (5.4 catches/game), sophomore tailback Reggie Woods (Bowie, Md.) ranks third in rushing yards (53.2 yards/game) and sophomore wide out Mike Fess stands fourth in receptions (5.2 catches/game). As a team, Holy Cross stands second in the league in passing offense (288.8 yards/game), pass efficiency (135.4 rating) and net punting (36.5 yards/punt); and ranks third in scoring offense (25.6 points/game), scoring defense (22.4 points/game), total offense (410.4 yards/game) and rushing offense (121.6 yards/game).

Head Coach Tom Gilmore
A two-time Patriot League Coach of the Year (in 2006 and 2009), Tom Gilmore is in his eighth season as the head football coach at Holy Cross in 2011. In 2009, Gilmore led the Crusaders to an overall record of 9-3, the Patriot League championship and a trip to the NCAA playoffs. Also a finalist for the 2009 Eddie Robinson Award, he currently owns an overall record of 47-36 during his time at Holy Cross, including a 44-28 mark since the beginning of the 2005 campaign. Gilmore has led the Crusaders to winning records in six straight seasons, including 7-4 marks in 2006, 2007 and 2008, along with winning streaks of six games (in 2008) and five games (in 2006 and 2009). Two of Gilmore's players, Dominic Randolph (2007, 2008 and 2009) and Steve Silva (2005), have been named the Patriot League Offensive Player of the Year, with Silva also earning first team All-America honors. Gilmore has also led the Crusaders to four victories over ranked opponents, three of which came in 2009. Prior to his time at Holy Cross, Gilmore served as an assistant coach at Lehigh (2000-2003), Dartmouth (1992-1999), Pennsylvania (1986, 1990-1991) and Columbia (1987-1989). An Academic All-American at Pennsylvania, Gilmore graduated in 1986 with a bachelor's degree in computer mathematics. He was the Ivy League Player of the Year as a senior and helped lead the Quakers to four consecutive Ivy League titles.

Tradition Of Excellence
The 2011 campaign marks the 116th season of Holy Cross football. The Crusaders currently own an overall record of 601-475-54, good for a .556 winning percentage. Prior to the start of the 2011 season, Holy Cross' 599 all-time victories ranked as the 16th most among all Division I-AA schools. Holy Cross has had 31 first team All-America selections, sent 69 players on to professional football, won five Lambert Cups, claimed six Patriot League championships, and was named the Division I-AA Team of the Year in 1987. The Crusaders also played in the 1946 Orange Bowl, losing to host Miami on the game's final play.

Taggart Avoids Interceptions
Senior quarterback Ryan Taggart has only thrown two interceptions in his last nine games played. When he threw an interception in the first quarter of the game at New Hampshire on Oct. 1, it snapped a streak of 209 consecutive passes which he had thrown without being intercepted. Taggart also threw 90 straight passes without an interception from the second quarter of the New Hampshire game through the fourth quarter of the Brown game. Here is a look at the longest known streaks by a Holy Cross quarterback without an interception:

Rank Name Attempts Dates
1. Ryan Taggart 209 Oct. 23, 2010-Oct. 1, 2011
2. Dominic Randolph 199 Oct. 6, 2007-Nov. 3, 2007
3. Brian Hall 184 Sept. 30, 2000-Oct. 20, 2011
4. Brion Stapp 162 Oct. 21, 1995-Oct. 5, 1996
5. Dominic Randolph 160 Sept. 30, 2006-Oct. 28, 2006

The Captains
Holy Cross has three captains during the 2011 football season. Senior offensive tackle Mike McCabe, senior linebacker Ricky Otis and senior quarterback Mark Tolzien (Rolling Meadows, Ill.) were named the team's captains by head coach Tom Gilmore following the conclusion of spring practice. These three players have taken over the leadership role from Anthony DiMichele, Sean Lamkin and Freddie Santana, who served as the Crusaders' captains during the 2010 season.

Defending The Home Turf
Holy Cross has enjoyed great success at Fitton Field over the years, and has a 2-1 mark at home so far in 2011. The Crusaders, who played their first game at Fitton Field in 1903, have posted an all-time home mark of 365-168-27 (.676). From Oct. 11, 2008-Oct. 9, 2010, Holy Cross had a streak of 13 straight victories at home. The Crusaders had a perfect 6-0 mark at Fitton Field in 2009, and finished the 2010 campaign with a winning record at home for the fifth straight season. Fitton Field is the second-oldest stadium still used for Division I college football, behind only Franklin Field at the University of Pennsylvania (opened in 1895).

Football Legends Ring Of Honor Inducts Second Class
The athletic department at the College of the Holy Cross recognized four former football standouts on Sept. 1, as the second class of the Crusader Football Legends Ring of Honor. George Connor (1942-1943), Bruce Kozerski (1980-1983), Jon Morris (1961-1963) and Joe Wilson (1970-1972) were honored in a ceremony prior to the UMass game, and received permanent recognition at Fitton Field. Only former Crusader football players who have been elected to the Holy Cross Varsity Club Hall of Fame are eligible for this honor, which is an annual event each fall. In 2010, the inaugural class in the Crusader Football Legends Ring of Fame included, Gill Fenerty (Class of 1986), Gordie Lockbaum (Class of 1988), Edmund Murphy (Class of 1943), Bill Osmanski (Class of 1939), Vince Promuto (Class of 1960) and John Provost (Class of 1975).

Holy Cross Draws Huge Crowd For Season Opener
During the season-opening game against Massachusetts on Sept. 1, a total of 15,942 fans showed up at Fitton Field. That marked the largest home attendance for the Crusaders since Oct. 20, 1990, when a crowd of 17,848 was on hand to watch Holy Cross defeat Lehigh 34-22. The Crusaders have played in front of numerous home crowds of over 25,000 in their history, prior to the stadium renovation in 1986 which reduced the seating capacity to 23,500. The largest unofficial attendance at Fitton Field was 27,000 for the Holy Cross-Brown game on Nov. 11, 1938.

Holy Cross Has Three Preseason All-America Selections
Three different Crusaders have been chosen as preseason All-Americans heading into the 2011 campaign. Senior linebacker Ricky Otis was honored by two organizations, as he was selected as a second team All-American by the FCS Senior Scout Bowl and an honorable mention All-American by the Beyond Sports Network. In addition, senior cornerback Chandler Fenner was named a second team All-American by the FCS Senior Scout Bowl and senior linebacker C.J. Martin was selected as an honorable mention All-American by the FCS Senior Scout Bowl.

Offense Has Efficient Day
The Holy Cross offense turned in an outstanding all-around performance during the 37-7 victory over Colgate. The Crusaders totaled 403 yards from scrimmage on just 52 plays, good for an average of 7.8 yards per play. Holy Cross also scored points on five of its six possessions during the first three quarters of the game, with four touchdowns and one field goal. The only drive during that time on which the Crusaders did not score was a one-play possession at the end of the first half, after taking over at their own nine-yard line with just 41 seconds remaining before the intermission. In addition, Holy Cross did not attempt any punts during the entire game. That marked the first time the Crusaders did not punt since Oct. 31, 2009, at Fordham (a 41-27 Holy Cross victory in which neither team punted).

Crusaders On The Radio
All of Holy Cross' games in 2011 will air on WTAG 580 AM and 94.9 FM in Worcester. Holy Cross Hall of Famer Bob Fouracre is in his 42nd season calling the play-by-play for Holy Cross football, and his 26th year covering the Crusaders on the radio. Former Holy Cross standouts Tom Kelleher and Gordie Lockbaum will serve as color commentators for selected games this season. All of the Crusaders' games will also be available free of charge over the internet by clicking here. In addition, WCHC 88.1 FM, the Holy Cross student station, will carry a number of games this year.

Holy Cross On Television
The Crusaders are scheduled to have five games shown on live television during the 2011 season. Here is a look at Holy Cross' television schedule for the 2011 campaign:

Sept. 1 vs. Massachusetts: CBS Sports Network
Sept. 17 vs. Harvard: Charter TV3
Oct. 15 vs. Dartmouth: Charter TV3
Nov. 5 at Lehigh: Service Electric
Nov. 12 vs. Lafayette: Lafayette Sports Network

The Holy Cross Football Show
Every Tuesday during the season, head coach Tom Gilmore will be joined by Bob Fouracre for the Holy Cross Football Show. The show airs live from 1:00-1:30 p.m. exclusively on the internet, with archives of all the shows available to those who can not listen in live. The show is carried free of charge, and can be heard by clicking here.

Crusader Vision
Live video streaming of several 2011 Holy Cross regular season home football games will be available over the internet through Crusader Vision. The package, done in association with Stretch Internet, is available for $8.95 per game. For details on how to view games through Crusader Vision, click here.

Scouting The Big Green
Dartmouth enters this week's game with an overall record of 1-3 on the season, including an 0-2 mark in the Ivy League. The Big Green opened the season with a 37-20 victory over Colgate, but has dropped its last three games to Sacred Heart (24-21), Pennsylvania (22-20) and Yale (30-0). Senior quarterback Conner Kempe has completed 44 of 91 passes for 444 yards and three touchdowns with two interceptions this year. Senior tailback Nick Schwieger has rushed 82 times for 439 yards and three scores, while freshman wide out Kirby Schoenthaler has caught a team-best 10 passes for 99 yards and a touchdown. Defensively, the Big Green is led by sophomore linebacker Bronson Green with 35 tackles and two fumble recoveries, and senior strong safety Joey Casey with 34 tackles and four pass breakups. Buddy Teevens is in the seventh year of his second stint as Dartmouth's head coach, with an overall record of 42-70-2. Teevens' career record stands at 76-147-2, including five seasons at Tulane (1992-1996) and three years at Stanford (2002-2004).

Quick Hits
Senior offensive tackle Mike McCabe has been selected as a semifinalist for the 2011 William V. Campbell Trophy, presented by the National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame to the top scholar-athlete in the nation ... Holy Cross players have been tackled for a loss only 14 times in five games played so far this season. No other team in the nation has been tackled for a loss fewer times this season ... Sophomore tailback Reggie Woods leads the team in rushing with 266 yards on 62 carries through five games played ... Junior strong safety Tom Mannix (Kenilworth, N.J.) is currently tied for the team lead with 42 total tackles on the season, including 35 solo stops. He has also recorded two forced fumbles, five pass breakups and a fumble recovery ... Sophomore linebacker Mike Tucker (Chester Springs, Pa.) recorded seven total tackles and two quarterback sacks during the victory over Harvard. He now leads the team with five sacks on the season, while totaling 14 tackles ... Holy Cross was picked third in the 2011 Patriot League preseason poll of the conference's head coaches and sports information directors, behind Lehigh and Colgate ... In three of the last four years, the Holy Cross football team has received an NCAA Division I Academic Progress Rate Public Recognition Award, for posting multi-year APR scores in the top 10 percent of all football squads in the nation.