Nov. 4, 2006
WORCESTER, Mass. - Sophomore tailback Mike Kielt (Southbury, Conn.) rushed for a career-high 149 yards and two touchdowns, to lead the Holy Cross football team to a 27-10 victory over Bucknell at Fitton Field on Senior Day. The Crusaders improve to 7-3 overall on the season and 4-1 in the Patriot League, while the Bison fall to 5-5 overall and 2-3 in the conference. Sophomore quarterback Dominic Randolph (Amelia, Ohio) also had a big day, throwing for 277 yards and a pair of touchdowns.
The Crusaders opened the scoring at the 8:31-mark of the first quarter, on a four-yard run by Kielt. With just 19 seconds left in the first quarter, junior linebacker Mark Kelliher (Whitman, Mass.) recovered a fumble at the Bucknell 29-yard line, to put the Crusaders back in position to score. Holy Cross increased its lead to 14-0 on the next play, when Randolph found sophomore wide receiver Brett McDermott (Mansfield, Mass) in the end zone for a 29-yard touchdown pass. Bucknell scored the only points of the second quarter on a Will Carney 30-yard field goal, as Holy Cross led 14-3 going into the break.
Holy Cross continued to dominate play in the second half, and would go up 20-3 on a 17-yard touchdown pass from Randolph to senior wide receiver Matt Fanning (Marlborough, Mass.), which was set up by a 56-yard run from Kielt. Bucknell responded with a score of its own on a 24-yard run by Josh DeStefano to make the score 20-10, but that would be as close as the Bison would get. Kielt finished off the scoring with a five-yard touchdown run, capping an eight-play, 68-yard drive.
Junior wide receiver Ryan Maher (Boca Raton, Fla.) finished the game with eight catches for 129 yards, while McDermott added two receptions for 48 yards and a score.
Defensively, senior linebacker Dan Adams (Springfield, Va.) led Holy Cross with 13 total tackles, including two tackles for loss, while senior defensive end John Markus Pinard (Bellevue, Wash.) added seven tackles. Dorian Petersen had a team-high 14 tackles for Bucknell.
Holy Cross returns to action next Saturday, November 11, when it travels to Colgate for a 12:30 p.m. game.