Sept. 2, 2006
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Senior wide receiver Matt Fanning (Marlborough, Mass.) caught six passes for 69 yards and a touchdown, to lead the Holy Cross football team to a 26-13 victory over Georgetown at the Multi-Sport Field. Fanning had by far the best performance of his collegiate career, after entering the contest with only one career catch. The Crusaders open the season with a 1-0 mark for the second straight year, while the Hoyas start the year at 0-1.
Following a scoreless first quarter in which both teams struggled to generate much offense, the Crusaders drove 81 yards on 12 plays to take a 7-0 lead early in the second period. Sophomore tailback Terrance Gass (Sicklerville, N.J.) capped off the drive with a two-yard touchdown run.
Later in the quarter, with just 1:08 left before the half, sophomore defensive back Kyle Mushaweh (Woodbury, Conn.) blocked a punt to give Holy Cross the ball at the Georgetown 43-yard line. The Crusaders then needed just six plays to make the score 13-0, with junior quarterback Brian McSharry (Abington, Mass.) throwing a 10-yard touchdown pass to Fanning with just 2.9 seconds remaining before the break.
On Georgetown's opening drive of the second half, senior linebacker Dan Adams (Springfield, Va.) recovered a fumble at the Hoya 33-yard line, to set up a 39-yard field goal by senior placekicker Mike DeSantis (Belle Mead, N.J.). But Georgetown came back to make the score 16-6 later in the third quarter on a two-yard touchdown run by quarterback Ben Hostetler.
On their next possession, the Crusaders marched 80 yards on 19 plays, with DeSantis kicking a 26-yard field goal to put Holy Cross back up by 13 points. Sophomore tailback Mike Kielt (Southbury, Conn.) then put the game away with an 18-yard touchdown run midway through the final quarter. Georgetown concluded the scoring with a nine-yard touchdown pass from Hostetler to Charlie Curtis with less than three minutes left to play.
Gass finished the game with 56 yards on 15 carries, while Kielt had 33 yards on 10 rushes. Junior wide receiver Ryan Maher (Boca Raton, Fla.) also had a strong game with seven catches for 62 yards. McSharry, who entered the game in place of injured starter Dominic Randolph (Amelia, Ohio), completed 16 of 30 attempts for 181 yards. Adams led the Holy Cross defense with eight tackles, four tackles for loss, an interception, a fumble recovery and a pass breakup.
Holy Cross returns to action next Saturday, September 9, when it plays host to Northeastern (0-1) in a 1:00 p.m. contest at Fitton Field.