Sept. 1, 2007
AMHERST, Mass. - Junior quarterback Dominic Randolph (Amelia, Ohio) threw for two touchdown passes and set a school record for most passing attempts with 62, but it was not enough as the Holy Cross football team fell to No. 3 Massachusetts, 40-30, in front of 12,264 at Warren McGuirk Alumni Stadium in the season-opener for both team on Saturday afternoon. The Crusaders open the season with a 0-1 record, while the Minutemen start the season 1-0. Randolph completed 32 passes, threw for 296 yards and rushed for one touchdown, as his 62 attempts were also the most ever for a UMass opponent. The school record for passing attempts was held by Charlie Maloy who had 56 against Quantico Marines on November 16, 1952. Holy Cross' 30 points are the most scored against UMass since Army defeated the Minutemen, 34-27 on November 12, 2005.
UMass started off the scoring early in the first quarter with a 48-yard field goal by Chris Koepplin. The Minutemen then extended their lead to 10-0 when Matt Lawrence scored on a one-yard run concluding a nine play and 61 yard drive.
The Crusaders answered back eight seconds into the second quarter to make it a 10-7 game, when junior running back Terrance Gass (Sicklerville, N.J.) scored on a two-yard run. The Holy Cross drive went 82 yards on 11 plays. UMass then responded immediately with a 100-yard kickoff return by Courtney Robinson to increase its lead to 17-7. The Minutemen made it a 23-7 score with 10:01 left in the second quarter when quarterback Liam Coen threw a six-yard touchdown pass to Joe Sanford and then UMass failed on the extra-point attempt. The UMass drive went 67 yards on 11 plays. After the Crusaders cut the lead to 23-9 on a safety, the Minutemen concluded the first half scoring when Lawrence scored his second touchdown of the game on a 28-yard run to take a 30-9 lead into halftime.
UMass opened the third quarter to make it a 37-9 game with a three-play and 83 yard drive that culminated with a 28-yard touchdown pass from Coen to J.J. More. The Crusaders then scored 21 straight points. Holy Cross marched down the field with a 70-yard, 16-play scoring drive that was wrapped up with a one-yard touchdown run by Randolph to make the score 37-16. Late in the third quarter, senior wide receiver Ryan Maher (Boca Raton, Fla.) recovered a fumble on a punt by junior Mike Holloway (Alexandria, Va.) on the UMass 23-yard line. On the first play of the drive, Randolph threw a 23-yard touchdown pass to senior wide receiver Justin Maher (Milford, Conn.) to cut the UMass lead to 37-23.
In the fourth quarter, the Crusaders would go on a 12-play and 80 yard touchdown drive that resulted in a four-yard touchdown pass from Randolph to senior wide receiver Thomas Harrison (Wilmington, N.C.) to make it a 37-30 game. UMass was able to add a late 37-yard field goal for the 40-30 final score.
On the day, Ryan Maher made 11 receptions for 85 yards, while Harrison caught eight passes for 71 yards.
The Crusaders return to action on Saturday, September 15, when they host Harvard on Homecoming Weekend at Fitton Field. The game is set to start at 1:00 p.m.