Holy Cross Defeats Brown 41-34 In High-Scoring Shootout
Oct. 11, 2008
WORCESTER, Mass. - Senior quarterback Dominic Randolph (Amelia, Ohio) connected on 41 of 54 passes for a season-high 430 yards and four touchdowns, to lead the Holy Cross football team to a 41-34 victory over Brown at Fitton Field. Randolph's 41 completions tied his own school single-game record, which he just set last week at Yale. Holy Cross improves to 2-3 overall with the victory, while the Bears fall to 2-2 on the season.
The Crusaders opened the game by taking a 7-0 lead at the 11:02-mark of the first quarter, on a one-yard run by senior tailback Terrance Gass (Sicklerville, N.J.). Holy Cross then increased its lead to 14-0 just over three minutes later on a 57-yard scoring pass from Randolph to senior wide receiver Jon Brock (Acworth, Ga.). Brown came back to score its first points on its next possession, with Michael Dougherty throwing a two-yard touchdown pass to Bobby Sewell. But Holy Cross made the score 21-7 before the end of the first quarter, when Randolph found Brock with another scoring strike, this one for 33 yards.
Dougherty threw his second touchdown pass early in the second quarter, finding Trevan Samp for 13 yards. The Crusaders came right back down the field, and Randolph tossed a 19-yard touchdown pass to sophomore wide receiver Freddie Santana (Staten Island, N.Y.). The Bears would not go away, and Dougherty threw a 22-yard scoring pass to Colin Cloherty less than four minutes later to cut the lead to 28-21. Then, on the last play of the second quarter, senior placekicker Matt Partain (Libertyville, Ill.) booted a 46-yard field goal to make the score 31-21 at the break.
Partain kicked his second field goal of the day early in the third quarter, this time from 43 yards out, to put Holy Cross up 34-21. Brown's Robert Ranney then kicked a pair of field goals, one late in the third quarter and another early in the fourth period, cutting the Crusader lead to 34-27. But Randolph came back to direct a 15-play, 86-yard drive, ending with a nine-yard touchdown pass to junior wide receiver Bill Edger (Hainesport, N.J.), to make the score 41-27. The Bears were able to add one more touchdown with just over a minute to go on a 64-yard pass from Dougherty to Sewall, but the ensuing onside kick went out of bounds, and Holy Cross was able to run out the clock for the victory.
Eight different Holy Cross players had at least four receptions on the day, led by Brock with six catches for 130 yards. Gass also had a big afternoon, catching seven passes for 50 yards, in addition to rushing 11 times for 35 yards. Dougherty led Brown by completing 41 of 60 passes for a school-record 526 yards and four scores.
Holy Cross returns to action on Saturday, Oct. 18, when it travels to Dartmouth for a 12:30 p.m. game.