Oct. 21, 2006
EASTON, Pa. -- Sophomore quarterback Dominic Randolph (Amelia, Ohio) threw for four touchdowns and rushed for another score, to lead the Holy Cross football team to a 38-28 victory over Lafayette at Fisher Field. Randolph completed 34 of 46 passes on the day for 352 yards, setting new career highs in all three categories. He also set a new school single game record for completions, breaking the old mark of 32 by Brian Hall against Lafayette in 2001. In addition, Holy Cross won its first contest at Fisher Field since 1989, breaking a seven-game losing streak. The Crusaders improve to 6-2 overall on the season and 3-0 in the Patriot League, while the Leopards fall to 2-5 overall and 1-1 in the conference.
The Leopards took the opening kickoff and marched 77 yards on eight plays, with Maurice White scoring the touchdown on a 21-yard run. Lafayette then increased its lead to 14-0 on its next possession, with Brad Maurer going in from one-yard out on a quarterback sneak. The Crusaders put their first points on the board late in the opening quarter, as Randolph rushed one yard for a touchdown to cap a 13-play, 72-yard drive.
In the second quarter, the Leopards went up 21-7 on a one-yard touchdown run by Jonathan Hurt. But before halftime, Holy Cross cut the lead to seven points on a seven-yard touchdown pass from Randolph to sophomore wide receiver Jon Brock (Acworth, Ga.).
The Crusaders tied the score at 21-21 midway through the third quarter, on a 14-yard touchdown pass from Randolph to junior wide receiver Ryan Maher (Boca Raton, Fla.). But Lafayette regained the lead on its next possession, with Hurt running 31 yards for his second touchdown of the game.
Early in the fourth quarter, Holy Cross tied the score at 28-28 as Randolph and Maher hooked up once again, this time for a seven-yard touchdown pass. On the ensuing kickoff return, freshman linebacker Randy Wright (Chicago, Ill.) forced a fumble by Lafayette's Tim Watson, which was recovered by freshman linebacker Sean Lamkin (Jenks, Okla.) at the 29-yard line. Five plays later, Randolph threw an 11-yard touchdown pass to Brock to give the Crusaders their first lead of the day, 35-28.
With 1:31 remaining in the game, senior placekicker Mike DeSantis (Belle Mead, N.J.) hit a 20-yard field goal to put the game out of reach, making the final score 38-28.
Maher finished the game with nine catches for 97 yards and two touchdowns, while Brock totaled six receptions for 79 yards and two scores. Lafayette was led by Hurt, who ran 22 times for 157 yards and two touchdowns.
Holy Cross returns to action next Saturday, October 28, when plays host to Lehigh in a 1:00 p.m. game at Fitton Field.