Crusaders Hold Off Brown For 48-37 Road Victory
Oct. 6, 2007
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Junior quarterback Dominic Randolph (Amelia, Ohio) completed 29 of 37 passes for 404 yards and six touchdowns, to lead the Holy Cross football team to a 48-37 victory over Brown at Brown Stadium. Randolph had the second-most touchdown passes and the fifth-most passing yards in school history, while setting new career highs in both categories. Holy Cross improves to 3-2 overall on the season with the victory, while Brown falls to 1-3.
The Crusaders opened the scoring at the 13:10-mark of the first quarter, on a 19-yard touchdown pass from Randolph to senior wide receiver Ryan Maher (Boca Raton, Fla.), before Brown responded with a 31-yard touchdown pass from Michael Dougherty to Bobby Sewall on its opening possession of the game. Holy Cross regained the lead on a 37-yard field goal by junior placekicker Matt Partain (Libertyville, Ill.), then increased the margin to 17-7 on a 26-yard scoring pass from Randolph to junior wide receiver Jon Brock (Acworth, Ga.) on the final play of the first quarter.
Brown's Steve Morgan kicked a 26-yard field goal on the Bears' first possession of the second quarter, but the Crusaders came right back with two more Randolph touchdown passes to make the score 31-10 at halftime. Randolph hit junior tailback Terrance Gass (Sicklerville, N.J.) with a 16-yard strike for one score, and then found Maher from 30 yards out for the next touchdown.
The Bears cut into the lead in the third quarter, when Chris Strickland scored on a two-yard run and Morgan added a 37-yard field goal to make the score 31-20. Holy Cross answered back with a 25-yard field goal by Partain, and led 34-20 heading into the fourth quarter. But the Bears refused to go away, scoring touchdowns on a one-yard run by Strickland and a seven-yard pass from Dougherty to Buddy Farnham, tying the score at 34-34 with 11:02 left to play.
The Holy Cross offense then came back to life, with Randolph and Maher hooking up for their third touchdown of the game, this one from 11 yards out. Morgan then kicked his third field goal of the game, from 32 yards out, cutting the Crusader lead to 41-37. But Holy Cross marched right back down the field, and Randolph threw a 25-yard touchdown pass to Gass, putting the game away.
Maher led the team with six catches for 110 yards, while junior tailback Mike Kielt (Southbury, Conn.) rushed 10 times for a team-best 51 yards. Senior cornerback Casey Gough (Hinsdale, Ill.) led the Holy Cross defense with 12 tackles, one tackle for loss and two pass breakups.
The Crusaders return to action next Saturday, Oct. 13, when they play host to Dartmouth in a 1:00 p.m. game.