Taggart Named Patriot League Offensive Player Of The Week
WORCESTER, Mass. – Holy Cross senior quarterback Ryan Taggart (Bedford, Texas) has been named the Patriot League Offensive Player of the Week, for his performance in Saturday's 41-21 victory at Fordham. This marks the second time this season Taggart has been named the Patriot League Offensive Player of the Week, after he previously earned the honor on Oct. 3.
In the Fordham game, Taggart accounted for 397 yards of total offense and four touchdowns. He completed 24 of 37 passes for 334 yards and three scores, in addition to rushing for 63 yards and a touchdown on 18 carries. With Holy Cross trailing 21-14 in the third quarter, Taggart threw a 71-yard touchdown pass to sophomore wide receiver Kyle Toulouse (Arlington, Va.) to tie the score. He then rushed six yards for a touchdown early in the fourth quarter, giving the Crusaders the lead for good at 28-21.
On the season, Taggart completed 268 of 430 attempts for 2,948 yards and 17 touchdowns with only seven interceptions. He also carries the ball 132 times for 496 yards and seven scores, to finish the year with 3,444 yards of total offense. Taggart placed fourth on the Holy Cross single-season lists for completions and pass attempts; fifth for yards of total offense and completion percentage (62.3 percent); seventh for passing yards; and eighth for touchdowns responsible for (24).
Taggart finished his collegiate career by hitting on 455 of 749 passes for 4,850 yards and 31 touchdowns with 14 interceptions. He added 787 rushing yards and 12 scores on 220 carries, for 5,637 yards of total offense. Taggart wrapped up his career as a Crusader ranked third on the school career list for completion percentage (60.7 percent); fourth for pass efficiency (125.1 rating); sixth for passing yards, completions, pass attempts and yards of total offense; and seventh for touchdown passes.
Holy Cross concluded the 2011 season with an overall record of 6-5, while tying for second place in the Patriot League with a 3-2 mark in conference games. The Crusaders also posted a winning record for the seventh straight year.