Oct. 1, 2005
NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Junior cornerback Casey Gough (Hinsdale, Ill.) recorded 11 tackles, two tackles for loss, an interception, a safety and a blocked extra point, to lead Holy Cross (3-2) to a 22-19 victory over Yale (1-2) at the Yale Bowl. The win was the Crusaders' first over the Bulldogs since 1982, as Holy Cross ended Yale's 11-game winning streak in the series.
The Crusader defense controlled play for the first three quarters of the game, as Holy Cross jumped out to a 15-0 lead. Junior placekicker Mike DeSantis (Belle Mead, N.J.) opened the scoring with a 24-yard field goal, then Gough tackled Jordan Spence for a six-yard loss in the Bulldog end zone for a safety. The Crusaders increased the lead to 12-0 before halftime, when senior wide receiver Sean Gruber (Richwood, Ky.) scored a nine-yard touchdown on a reverse.
In the third quarter, DeSantis hit his second field goal of the game, from 28 yards out, to make the score 15-0. Yale scored its first points of the game with just over 10 minutes remaining in the fourth quarter on a one-yard run by Mike McLeod, but Gough blocked the extra point, allowing Holy Cross to keep a two-possession lead. The Bulldogs added another touchdown at the 4:13 mark on an eight-yard pass from Jeff Mroz to William Blodgett, but senior tailback Steve Silva (East Providence, R.I.) returning the ensuing kickoff 84 yards for a touchdown, giving the Crusaders a 22-13 lead. Yale concluded the scoring with a 41-yard hail mary pass from Mroz to Chris Denny-Brown on the final play of the game.
Silva led the Crusader offense by rushing for 92 yards on 18 carries, in addition catching eight passes for 52 yards, while senior quarterback John O'Neil (White Plains, N.Y.) completed 17 of 33 attempts for 145 yards. Mroz completed 33 of 56 passes for 333 yards to lead Yale, but also threw a pair of interceptions.
Senior cornerback Tyler Nugent (White Plains, N.Y.) recorded five tackles, an interception and two pass breakups for the Holy Cross defense, while Lee Driftmier and Nick Solakian both had eight tackles for the Bulldogs.
The Crusaders return to action next Saturday, Oct. 8, when they travel to Lehigh (3-1) for a Patriot League game at 1:00 p.m.