Sept. 9, 2006
WORCESTER, Mass. - Junior quarterback Brian McSharry (Abington, Mass.) completed 19 of 23 passes for 126 yards and a touchdown, but it was not enough as the Holy Cross football team was defeated by Northeastern 24-14 at Fitton Field. The Crusaders fall to 1-1 on the season with the loss, while the Huskies improve to 1-1.
Northeastern opened the scoring at the 12:33 mark of the first quarter on a 36-yard touchdown run by Maurice Murray, after recovering a fumble at the Holy Cross 43-yard line. But the Crusaders came right back to tie the score at 7-7 on a four-yard touchdown pass from McSharry to sophomore tailback Terrance Gass (Sicklerville, N.J.).
Holy Cross increased its lead to 14-7 early in the second quarter on a two-yard touchdown run by sophomore tailback Mike Kielt (Southbury, Conn.). But the Huskies were able to tie the score at 14-14 before halftime, on a 10-yard scoring run by Murray.
Northeastern then opened the second half with a 20-play, 73-yard drive, which culminated with a 20-yard Mat Johnson field goal. The Huskies then put the game away with a 17-play, 85-yard drive in the fourth quarter, with Murray scoring from 18 yards out.
The Crusaders had the advantage in time of possession in the first half, holding the ball for 20:33, but Northeastern was able to control the ball in the second half, keeping the ball for 23:55.
Holy Cross returns to action next Saturday, Sept. 16, when it travels to Harvard for a 12:30 p.m. game.