October 25, 2008

Holy Cross Defeats Lehigh 35-21 On Family Weekend

Oct. 25, 2008

Final Stats

WORCESTER, Mass. - Senior quarterback Dominic Randolph (Amelia, Ohio) hit on 28-of-39 passes for 330 yards and three touchdowns as Holy Cross defeated visiting Lehigh, 35-21, at Fitton Field on Saturday. With the victory, the Crusaders improve to 4-3 overall, 2-0 in Patriot League play. The Mountain Hawks fall to 2-5 overall, 1-1 in League action.

It was Randolph's 14th career game with more than 300 yards passing, the most in Crusader history. For his efforts he earned the Dr. Edward N. Anderson Award as the most valuable player of the annual Family Weekend game. He is the first Crusader to win the award since QB Brian Hall did so in 2001.

Other standouts on offense for the Crusaders were senior running back Mike Kielt (Southbury, Conn.) who ran for 105 yards and one touchdown, and senior receiver Jon Brock (Acworth, Ga.) who caught six passes for 94 yards and two touchdowns.

On the defensive side of the ball, sophomore Anthony DiMichele (McKees Rock, Pa.) led the Crusaders with eight tackles. Seniors Daryl Brown (Stone Mountain, Ga.) and Ryan Stewart (Wayland, Mass.) had fourth quarter interceptions which helped seal the Holy Cross victory.

It did not look like there was going to be any dramatics in the fourth quarter, as the Crusaders jumped out to a 21-0 lead early in the second quarter. Holy Cross scored touchdowns on its first three possessions of the game: first on a Randolph four-yard scoring strike to Brock, then on a one-yard run from sophomore Drew Volkmann (Pewaukee, Wis.) on his first carry of the season, and finally on a 37-yard Kielt touchdown run that gave the Crusaders a 21-0 advantage with 13:35 left in the second quarter.

Lehigh responded with a score on their next drive, as running back Matt McGowan started to pile up the yards. He broke a 38-yard run down near the Crusader goal line, before Lehigh QB J.B. Clark found Alex Wojdowski in the end zone for a five-yard touchdown. After the Crusaders next drive stalled quickly, Clark hit McGowan for a 66-yard touchdown pass, and it was a 21-14 game with just over seven minutes left in the first half.

The Crusaders tried for a late second quarter score, but Randolph was intercepted by Lehigh's Quadir Carter in Lehigh territory in the closing two minutes and the game remained 21-14.

McGowan, who finished the game with 178 yards rushing on 21 carries, tied the game at 21-21 on a 46 run with 4:18 left in the third quarter, before the Crusaders began what would be the eventual game-winning drive.

Twice converting on third down, the Crusaders drove 71 yards in 11 plays and used nearly six minutes on the clock, taking the lead for good when Randolph found Brock in the end zone for the second time on the day, this one from two yards out.

The Crusaders stopped Lehigh on the next possession, and then drove the field again - this time 77 yards in 12 plays and 5:55 - capped by Randolph's third score of the game, an eight-yard scoring pass to Brett McDermott (Mansfield, Mass.) with just 5:04 left in the game.

Lehigh's next two drives ended on the interceptions by Stewart and Brown as Holy Cross held on for the win.

The Crusaders return to Fitton Field on November 1, hosting Bucknell for a 12:30 p.m. game.