WORCESTER, Mass. – Holy Cross senior quarterback Ryan Taggart (Bedford, Texas) has received the Gridiron Club of Greater Boston Gold Helmet Award as the Division I New England Player of the Week, for his performance in Saturday's 25-17 victory over Dartmouth. This is the second time Taggart has received the Gold Helmet during his collegiate career.
In the Dartmouth game, Taggart accounted for 426 yards of total offense, rushing 23 times for a career-high 176 yards and completing 29 of 41 passes for 250 yards and two touchdowns without an interception. He broke the school single-game record for the most rushing yards by a quarterback, surpassing the old mark of 173 yards set by Jack Lentz against Richmond in 1964. Taggart's 176 rushing yards were also the second-most by any Holy Cross player in the last 20 years, and the 12th most by any player in school history.
Overall this season, Taggart has connected on 154 of 236 passes for 1,694 yards and nine touchdowns with only two interceptions, in addition to leading the team in rushing with 340 yards and five scores on 65 attempts. Over the course of his collegiate career, he has completed 341 of 555 passes for 3,596 yards and 23 touchdowns, in addition to rushing for 631 yards and 10 scores on 153 carries. Taggart currently ranks second all-time at Holy Cross in career completion percentage (.614), fourth in career pass efficiency rating (126.3), seventh in career completions (341), eighth in career passing touchdowns (23) and career yards of total offense (4,227), and ninth in career passing yards (3,596) and career pass attempts (555).
The Crusaders (3-3 overall, 1-0 Patriot League) return to action this Saturday, Oct. 22, when they travel to Bucknell (4-3 overall, 1-1 Patriot League) for a 1:00 p.m. game.