Oct. 4, 2008
NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Senior quarterback Dominic Randolph (Amelia, Ohio) completed a school record 41 of 63 passes for 376 yards and three touchdowns, but it was not enough as the the Holy Cross football team was defeated by Yale 31-28 in double overtime at the Yale Bowl. Randolph's 41 completions broke his own record of 34, which he set at Lafayette on Oct. 21, 2006. Holy Cross falls to 1-3 overall, while the Bulldogs improve to 2-1 on the season.
In the first overtime, Holy Cross need just three plays to score a touchdown, with Randolph throwing a 10-yard pass to junior wide receiver Nick Cole (Tucson, Ariz.) in the end zone. Yale came right back on the next play to tie up the score with a 25-yard pass from Ryan Fodor to Jordan Forney. The Bulldogs then had the ball first in the second overtime, with Tom Mante kicking a 34-yard field goal. The Crusaders missed a 37-yard field goal attempt on the final play of the second overtime.
To open the game, Yale took a 7-0 lead late in the first quarter on an 18-yard touchdown pass from Fodor to John Sheffield. The Bulldogs then increased their lead to 14-0 in the second quarter on a 32-yard interception return by Bobby Abare. The Crusaders came right back on their next possession to score their first points, with Randolph throwing a 28-yard touchdown pass to senior tight end Ryan McGuire (Woburn, Mass.). But before halftime, Yale was able to drive back down the field and score on a one-yard run by Mike McLeod, making the score 21-7 at the break.
After neither team scored during the third quarter or the majority of the fourth quarter, Randolph went into the end zone on a one-yard run to make the score 21-14 with 3:47 left to play. The Crusaders then got the ball back with 56 seconds remaining and no time outs at their own 10-yard line, and drove all the way down the field to tie the score on a three-yard pass from Randolph to McGuire with six seconds left.
McGuire caught five passes for 55 yards and two scores on the day, while sophomore wide receiver Luke Chmielinski (Walpole, Mass.) had a team-best 75 receiving yards on six catches. McLeod led Yale by rushing for 131 yards on 39 carries.
The Holy Cross defense held Yale to just 244 yards of total offense in regulation. Junior linebacker Sean Lamkin (Jenks, Okla.) led the defense with 12 total tackles, including two tackles for loss.
Holy Cross returns to action on Saturday, Oct. 11, when it plays host to Brown at 1:00 p.m.