Oct. 28, 2006
WORCESTER, Mass. -- Sophomore quarterback Dominic Randolph (Amelia, Ohio) threw for 309 yards and a pair of touchdowns, but it was not enough as the Holy Cross football team was defeated 28-14 by Lehigh in a driving rain storm at Fitton Field. Lehigh's Marques Thompson rushed 30 times for 141 yards on the day, and received the Dr. Edward N. Anderson Award as the most outstanding player of the Family Weekend game. The Crusaders fall to 6-3 overall and 3-1 in the Patriot League, while the Mountain Hawks improve to 4-4 overall and 3-0 in the conference.
The Mountain Hawks jumped out to an early 7-0 lead, when Matt McGowan rushed two yards for a touchdown to cap a 16-play, 69-yard drive. Lehigh the increased its lead to 14-0 before the end of the first quarter, when Julian Anderson recovered a fumble and returned it 21 yards for a score.
The Crusaders made the score 14-7 early in the second quarter, when Randolph threw a 53-yard touchdown pass to junior wide receiver Thomas Harrison (Wilmington, N.C.). But later in the quarter, McGowan scored two more touchdowns, on runs of three yards and one yard, to put the Mountain Hawks up 28-7.
With just 36 seconds remaining in the second quarter, the game was delayed for approximately 45 minutes, due to lightning in the area.
In the second half, Holy Cross scored the only other points of the game at the 5:16-mark of the fourth quarter, on a 19-yard touchdown pass from Randolph to junior wide receiver Ryan Maher (Boca Raton, Fla.).
Maher finished the game with eight catches for 102 yards and a touchdown, while Harrison added six receptions for 91 yards and a score.
Defensively, senior linebacker Dan Adams (Springfield, Va.) led Holy Cross with 14 total tackles, while senior cornerback Casey Gough (Hinsdale, Ill.) added seven tackles. Daynin Blake had a team-high seven tackles for Lehigh.
Holy Cross returns to action next Saturday, November 4, when plays host to Bucknell in a 12:30 p.m. game at Fitton Field.