Holy Cross Runs Past Dartmouth, 44-26
Oct. 18, 2008
HANOVER, N.H. - Senior running back Mike Kielt (Southbury, Conn.) scored a career-best four touchdowns and totaled nearly 200 yards in total offense, to lead Holy Cross to a 44-26 win over Dartmouth at Memorial Field on Saturday. With the win, Holy Cross improves to 3-3 while the Big Green falls to 0-5.
Kielt carried 18 times for 120 yards and three scores, and caught five passes for 75 yards and another score. He is the first Crusader to rush for at least three touchdowns in a game since Steve Silva `06 ran for four against Bucknell in 2005.
Senior quarterback Dominic Randolph (Amelia, Ohio) hit on 33-of-45 passes for 391 yards and accounted for three touchdowns (two passing, one rushing) while throwing two interceptions. It was the 13th time in Randolph's career he has thrown for more than 300 yards, tying Jeff Wiley `89 for the most such games in Crusader history.
Senior wide receiver Jon Brock (Acworth, Ga.) caught six passes for 105 yards and one touchdown. It was his second consecutive game topping the 100-yard mark.
On the defensive side of the ball, sophomore defensive back Anthony DiMichele (McKees Rocks, Pa.) has seven tackles and his first two career interceptions. Senior co-captain Daryl Brown (Stone Mountain, Ga.) led the Crusaders with eight tackles.
The Big Green opened the game's scoring at the 6:46 mark of the first quarter, as Foley Schmidt hit a 37-yard field goal on a drive which started inside Crusader territory after Randolph's first interception.
The Crusaders answered on the following drive as Kielt scored his first touchdown of a the season on a 39 yard scoring run around the right end. A second Schmidt field goal - this one from 42 yards - brought the score to 7-6 as time expired in the first quarter.
Holy Cross opened the second quarter with a 63-yard scoring drive in just five plays, capped when Randolph found Brock in the corner of the end zone for a 16-yard touchdown. The ensuing extra point attempt from Matt Partain (Libertyville, Ill.) was blocked by the Big Green, snapping Partain's school record streak of made extra points at 74.
Kielt's second touchdown of the day, this one from five yards out, gave Holy Cross a 20-6 advantage with 5:08 left in the second quarter, and the Crusaders closed out the scoring for the half on a 29-yard Partain field goal in the closing seconds.
The Big Green cut into the lead early in the third quarter. Dartmouth's Ian Wilson intercepted his second Randolph pass of the day - this one off a tipped ball - and gave the Big Green the ball inside Holy Cross territory. Three plays later, Dartmouth QB Alex Jenny (21-for-36, 232 yards) hit Tim McManus with a 25-yard TD strike to cut the Crusader lead to 23-13 at the 11:59 mark.
But Kielt's third touchdown of the day, on a 41-yard pass from Randolph, pushed the Crusader lead back to 30-13 with 3:16 remaining in the quarter. After DiMichele grabbed his first career interception on Dartmouth's next possession, the Crusaders marched down the field and finished the drive with Kielt's fourth touchdown of the afternoon, on an eight-yard run and a 37-13 advantage.
The Big Green scored a pair of touchdowns in the fourth quarter, one on Jenny's second scoring strike to McManus, and another on a fumble recovery in the end zone. The Crusaders closed out their scoring on a one-yard Randolph scoring run.
This was the final non-conference game of the year for the Crusaders, who finish the season with five consecutive Patriot League contests. The first of those games is on Saturday, Oct. 25, when Holy Cross hosts Lehigh for a 1:00 p.m. game.