Crusaders Come Back For 34-17 Victory Over Bucknell
Nov. 1, 2008
WORCESTER, Mass. - Senior quarterback Dominic Randolph (Amelia, Ohio) connected on 38 of 49 passes for 398 yards and four touchdowns, to lead the Holy Cross football team to a 34-17 victory over Bucknell at Fitton Field. Randolph now has a school-record 742 career completions, breaking the old mark of 723, set by Jeff Wiley from 1985-1988. He also has 72 career touchdown passes, tying the school record set by Tom Ciaccio from 1988-1991. The Crusaders improve to 5-3 overall and 3-0 in the Patriot League with the victory, while the Bison fall to 4-4 on the season and 1-2 in the conference.
Bucknell jumped out to a 7-0 lead at the 6:41-mark of the first quarter, when A.J. Kizekai took a screen pass from Marcello Trigg and ran 79 yards down the sideline for a touchdown. The Bison then increased their lead to 10-0 with just 51 seconds left in the second quarter on a 47-yard Will Carney field goal. But before the half ended, Randolph led Holy Cross on a four-play, 64-yard drive, ending with a 20-yard scoring pass to senior wide receiver Jon Brock (Acworth, Ga.), to make the score 10-7 at the break.
The Crusaders took the lead for good on the opening drive of the second half, with Randolph throwing a 29-yard touchdown pass to junior wide receiver Bill Edger (Hainesport, N.J.). Holy Cross then increased its lead to 17-10 on a 24-yard field goal by senior placekicker Matt Partain (Libertyville, Ill.). Randolph added two more touchdown passes in the fourth quarter, of 13 yards to senior tight end Ryan McGuire (Woburn, Mass.) and five yards to Edger, putting the Crusaders up 31-10. Bucknell scored one more touchdown on an 11-yard pass from Andrew Lair to Shaun Pasternak, before Partain concluded the scoring for Holy Cross with a 29-yard field goal.
Senior tailback Mike Kielt (Southbury, Conn.) had a strong all-around game for the Crusaders, rushing for 69 yards on 11 carries and catching a team-best eight passes for 83 yards. Brock added seven receptions for 76 yards, while sophomore wide receiver Josh Jenkins (Maywood, Ill.) finished with six catches for 47 yards. Kizekai led the Bucknell offense with 12 carries for 45 yards and three receptions for 90 yards.
On the defensive side of the ball, junior linebacker Marcus Rodriguez (Peoria, Ariz.) had a team-best nine tackles, with a sack and a forced fumble. Junior linebacker Sean Lamkin (Jenks, Okla.) added five tackles, with a tackle for loss, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery.
Holy Cross returns to action on Saturday, Nov. 8, when it plays host to Fordham at 12:30 p.m.