Sept. 30, 2006
WORCESTER, Mass. -- Senior cornerback Casey Gough (Hinsdale, Ill.) recorded six solo tackles, four tackles for loss, a quarterback sack and a key interception to lead the Holy Cross football team to a 28-21 victory over Fordham on Homecoming Weekend. Following the contest, Gough received the Johnny Turco Memorial Trophy as the Most Valuable Player of the Crusaders' Homecoming game. Holy Cross improves to 3-2 overall and 2-0 in the Patriot League with the victory, while Fordham falls to 1-3 overall and 0-2 in the conference.
The Crusaders opened the scoring on their first possession of the game, driving 44 yards on five plays with sophomore tailback Terrance Gass (Sicklerville, N.J.) scoring the touchdown on a one-yard run. The Rams cut the lead to 7-3 early in the second quarter, when Micah Clukey kicked a 26-yard field goal. Sophomore quarterback Dominic Randolph (Amelia, Ohio) then threw a pair of touchdown passes later in the second quarter, as Holy Cross built a 21-3 lead. Randolph tossed a 38-yard touchdown pass to sophomore wide receiver Brett McDermott (Mansfield, Mass.) for the first score, then hit Gass with an 11-yard scoring pass.
Fordham cut the lead to 21-6 before halftime on a 32-yard field goal by Clukey. The Rams then made the score 21-13 midway through the third quarter with a 46-yard touchdown pass from T.J. Jordan to Richard Rayborn. The Crusaders responded in the fourth quarter, marching 60 yards on eight plays, with Randolph throwing an 18-yard touchdown pass to sophomore wide receiver Jon Brock (Acworth, Ga.) to make the score 28-13. But Fordham would not go away, as Isiejah Allen returned the ensuing kickoff 100 yards for a touchdowns, and the two-point conversion made the score 28-21.
The Rams were able to drive deep into Holy Cross territory late in the third quarter, before Gough intercepted a pass from Jordan on third and goal. The Crusaders then ran out the majority of time left on clock to secure the win, including a key 48-yard rush by Randolph during the drive.
Randolph completed 19 of 27 passes for a career-high 263 yards and three touchdown on the day to lead the Holy Cross offense, Gass also had an outstanding day, rushing for 102 yards and a touchdown on 21 carries, while catching five passes for 56 yards and another score.
Holy Cross returns to action next Saturday, October 7, when it plays host to Brown at 1:00 p.m.