Nov. 10, 2007
WORCESTER, Mass. -- Junior quarterback Dominic Randolph (Amelia, Ohio) threw for 247 yards and accounted for two touchdowns, but it was not enough as the Holy Cross football team was defeated by Lafayette 31-21 at Fitton Field. Randolph completed 26 of 47 passes on the day, while throwing for a score and rushing for a touchdown. The Crusaders fall to 6-4 overall and 3-2 in the Patriot League, while the Leopards improve to 6-4 on the season and 3-2 in the conference.
Holy Cross opened the scoring on its first possession of the day, with Randolph throwing a 14-yard touchdown pass to senior wide receiver Ryan Maher (Boca Raton, Fla.). Lafayette would tie the score early in the second quarter on a one-yard scoring run by Brandon Mitchell. The Leopards then took the lead when Marcel Quarterman blocked a punt and Tyrell Coon returned it two yards into the end zone for a touchdown. The Crusaders came back to tie the score at 14-14 before halftime, when Randolph scored on a three-yard run.
Lafayette took the lead for good on its first possession of the second half, when Coon rushed four yards for a touchdown. The Leopards then increased their lead to 28-14 on a 24-yard touchdown pass from Rob Curley to Michael Conte. Holy Cross responded with a two-yard touchdown run by junior tailback Terrance Gass (Sicklerville, N.J.), and trailed by seven points heading into the fourth quarter. But the Crusaders could get no closer, with Lafayette's Davis Rodriguez kicking a 41-yard field goal to conclude the scoring.
Senior wide receiver Thomas Harrison (Wilmington, N.C.) led all receivers with seven catches for 80 yards, while Maher added six receptions for 58 yards. Junior cornerback Kyle Mushaweh (Woodbury, Conn.) totaled eight tackles, an interception and a pass breakup for the defense, while senior cornerback Casey Gough (Hinsdale, Ill.) finished with five tackles, one tackle for loss and a fumble recovery.
Holy Cross concluded the 2007 season next Saturday, Nov. 17, when it plays host to Colgate in a 12:30 p.m. contest at Fitton Field.