Oct. 22, 2005
WORCESTER, Mass. - Senior wide receiver Bob Turkovich (Bedford, Pa.) had a career-high six receptions for 117 yards and a touchdown, but it was not enough as the Holy Cross football team was defeated by Colgate 27-14 on Family Weekend at Fitton Field. The Crusaders fall to 5-3 overall and 2-1 in the Patriot League with the loss, while the Raiders improve to 5-2 overall and 2-0 in the conference.
On Colgate's opening possession, the Crusaders stripped the ball from wide receiver Erik Burke and junior defensive end John Markus Pinard (Bellevue, Wash.) recovered the fumble to give Holy Cross the ball at the Raiders' 48-yard line. On the very next play, senior quarterback John O'Neil (White Plains, N.Y.) threw a 48-yard touchdown pass to Turkovich, giving the Crusaders a 7-0 lead.
Colgate came right back down the field to tie the score at 7-7 on a 21-yard touchdown pass from Mike Saraceno to Burke. The Raiders then went up 14-7 early in the second quarter on a two-yard run by Jordan Scott. But Holy Cross would tie the score before the intermission, while O'Neil tossing a 19-yard touchdown pass to senior wide receiver Sean Gruber (Richwood, Ky.). The touchdown catch was the 20th of Gruber's Holy Cross career, setting a new all-time school record.
Both teams struggled to move the ball during the third quarter, before Colgate's Jacob Stein hit a pair of short field goals in the fourth quarter to put the Raiders up 20-14. The Crusaders then drove into Colgate territory with under five minutes left to play, before Jared Nepa intercepted a pass and returned it 62 yards for a touchdown to conclude the scoring.
O'Neil completed 21 of 38 passes for 252 yards on the day, while senior tailback Steve Silva (East Providence, R.I.) posted 10 receptions for 63 yards. Scott led the Raiders by rushing for 222 yards and a score on 45 carries, and received the Dr. Edward N. Anderson Award as the most valuable player of the Family Weekend game.
Junior linebacker Dan Adams (Springfield, Va.) led the Holy Cross defense with a career-high 21 solo tackles, while Nepa totaled eight tackles, a tackle for loss, and interception and a pass breakup for Colgate.
Holy Cross returns to action next Saturday, Oct. 29, when it travels to Fordham for a 1:00 p.m. game.