Sept. 10, 2005
WORCESTER, Mass. - Senior quarterback John O'Neil (White Plains, N.Y.) completed 15 of 21 passes for 155 yards and two touchdowns and senior running back Gideon Akande (Chicago, Ill.) scored three touchdowns to lead the Holy Cross football team to a 48-6 victory over Georgetown at Fitton Field. Senior running back Steve Silva (East Providence, R.I.), who rushed 20 times for 120 yards and caught eight passes for 61 yards, received the Johnny Turco Memorial Trophy following the contest as the Most Valuable Player of Holy Cross' Homecoming Game.
Silva's performance marked the third straight game he has rushed for over 100 yards against the Hoyas. Silva previously ran 29 times for 147 yards against Georgetown in 2003, while totaling 21 rushes for 103 yards against the Hoyas in 2004.
Holy Cross (2-0, 1-0 Patriot League) led 28-0 at halftime, limiting Georgetown (1-1, 1-1 Patriot League) to two yards passing and 21 yards total offense for the half.
The Crusaders opened the contest on fire, scoring on their first two possessions of the game. Silva ran two yards for the first touchdown, then Akande followed with another rushing touchdown, from two yards out.
In the second quarter, O'Neil threw touchdown passes to senior wide receiver Sean Gruber (Richwood, Ky.) and Akande, for a 28-0 halftime lead.
Akande scored his third touchdown on a one-yard run in the third quarter, capping a seven-play, 30-yard drive. Crusader sophomore reserve quarterback Brian McSharry (Abington, Mass.) then completed an eight-yard scoring pass to senior wide receiver Bob Turkovich (Bedford, Pa.) to make it 42-0, with 14:14 left in the game.
Georgetown finally scored in the final 9:55 of the game. Emir Davis scored on a one-yard run to cap a 13-play 86-yard drive.
Holy Cross capped the scoring with 4:34 left when freshman tailback Terrance Gass (Sicklerville, N.J.) scored on a one-yard rush.
The Crusaders return to action next Saturday, Sept. 17, when they play host to Harvard in a 1:00 p.m. game at Fitton Field.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.